Bots, beacons & dirty laundry: Spark Bureau's second incubator cohort


An Uber-­like laundry service, chatbots for cities, and beacon technology marketing are among the tech start­ups chosen for Spark Bureau’s second incubator cohort. After Spark Bureau’s inaugural cohort completed in May, the Sunshine Coast incubator has just announced the five local, innovative, tech start­ups taking part in the August cohort. 

Zach Johnson, Spark Bureau’s co­founder and CEO, was thrilled at the quality of applicants for the incubator’s second intake.

“We had twenty­five applications, of which we chose five tech start­ups to be included in the August intake. Our tech expertise, and the fact we are a non­for­profit, community focused organisation gives us a unique place in the startup ecosystem here on the Sunshine Coast,” said Johnson.

The chosen five:

1. Xandra Labs

Xandra Labs is one of the first companies in the world to be developing personalities and dialogue for brands to engage their users in Facebook Messenger. The design­led tech startup is currently working on urban and community development projects.

2. ChilliDocs

ChilliDocs is a cloud­based service that can significantly improve the productivity of document production and management tasks by automatically generating documents from templates. These documents can be distributed via multiple channels such as email, DropBox Google Drive and one­touch post.

3. SafeSmartPickUp

SafeSmartPickUp is a technology platform to improve traffic flow at school pick­ups.

4. Epicuest

Epicuest is an omni­channel platform integrating beacon technology with marketing, loyalty and social media solutions for bricks and mortar businesses.

5. Lifestyle Laundry

Lifestyle Laundry is a service built on a unique technology platform that taps into home­based laundries to pick up, wash, fold and return your laundry within 24 hours.

The companies will receive full­time coworking membership, weekly check­in meetings, monthly milestone reviews, mentoring from an extensive network of successful executives and entrepreneurs, investor introductions, access to workshops and guest speakers and training from experts in lean startup principles, design thinking, agile methodology, digital marketing, funding and IP protection.

Brian Keayes, a co­founder of fintech startup Promis , and inaugural cohort graduate reiterated Spark Bureau’s success.

“The calibre of coaches and material in Spark’s incubator program is definitely on par with conferences I’ve been to in the United States and with major companies I’ve been involved with in Melbourne. It’s exciting to see programs like this in regional Queensland and I look forward to hearing about the success of the second cohort,” said Keayes.