From Prototype to Product in 6 Months

Accelerating the growth of technology startups in the energy and resources sector.
Seed funding. Expertise. Access. Best mentors in the industry.
Do you want to be part of making $1 trillion economic impact on the energy and resources sector with disruptive technologies?

Who are you?

Are you an awesome entrepreneur with a technology prototype that can solve a problem in the energy and resources sector? Are you willing to learn by doing, have fun, and contribute to the groundswell of digital transformation? Do you want your part of the $1 trillion impact coming to the sector in the next 10 years?

Who are we?

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform individuals and communities, to create economic opportunity and to address global challenges. Each of the founding directors of Unearthed have had successful careers in the resources industry as well as founding their own tech startups. Collectively they have 40 years’ experience in industry, have raised significant funding for their own startups and have invested in other startups focused on the resources sector.

The Program

Join us for an intense 6-month mentor driven Accelerator Program that will challenge you to explore, develop and produce the best leadership skills and build sustainable businesses with commercially ready products to reach global markets. You will have access to seed funding, amazing industry mentors, content delivery, one-on-one sessions with business experts, plus a vibrant coworking space where you will build great networks and work with others doing great things.

2017 Accelerator Startups

London-based Canaria has designed and prototyped a personal safety wearable device that provides comfortable, unobtrusive biomedical and CO2 monitoring of vitals in a package designed to last in space.

Local Brisbane team Pumpkin won the Young Innovator Award at the Unearthed Brisbane hackathon in April 2017 for their data predictive analytics package in response to Origin Energy’s drilling optimisation challenge.

Brisbane-based SiteSee‘s web accessible software enables remote infrastructure inspection and 3D modelling within an interactive real-world environment.

Team SOUNDelve will join the program from Perth. SOUNDelve allows your equipment to speak for itself by analysing processing plant audio and was imagined by former CSIRO and Data61 researcher John Vial, a multiple award winner at Unearthed hackathons along with team mate Michelle Helm.

AMLab will also fly in from Perth. Their technology involves laser scanning that enables the automation of ship loading.

Brisbane startup Flowpay is developing a banking platform, providing accounts that integrate Continuous Flow Payments (CFP) technology into payroll, bills, accounts receivable and payable, and loan repayments.
CFP technology improves cash-flow liquidity for Large Corporations, SMEs, Contractors and Employees, and saves time and money by making financial management easier.


Newton Labs

Upon graduating from the Unearthed Accelerator in 2015, Newton Labs won a WA Innovator of the Year Award. Their novel IoT and analytics package is now being used on hard rock mine sites to report on particle size distribution and prevent oversize material from blocking the primary crushers, delivering significant savings to mine operators.

Industry Partners



Bill Withers
Lead Mentor, Unearthed; Entrepreneurial Leader, ADAPT By Design; Former Managing Director, acQuire Technology Solutions
Kirsten Rose
Principal, Low Emissions Technology, BHP Billiton; Former WA State Manager, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Dominic Collins
Founding Partner, Global Integrated Operations; Former Manager Projects Integrated Operations Mines, BHP Billiton
Andrew Hall
Co-founder, CEO and Chairman of FORMalytics; Director, Founder Institute
Michelle Merriman
Innovation and Transformation Portfolio Manager, Origin Energy
Paul Lucey
CEO, Mine Vision Systems; Former Head of Engineering and Projects, Gold Fields
GaVin Lee
Principal, Model Answer Commercial Intelligence; Consultant Analyst, Fortescue Metals Group
Peter Clarke
Commercialisation Adviser, Ausindustry; Former CEO, Scanalyse

Stephen Carroll
Director – R&D Tax, RSM Australia; Current judge and former Committee Member, WA Innovator of the Year
Anya Nova
Accelerator Program Manager, Unearthed; Founder, Nova Digital; Former Manager, Rio Tinto
Paul Moynagh
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Commit.Works (formerly Fewzion)
Simon Molyneux
Offshore Exploration Manager, Santos

Kashif Saleem
CEO, Track’em; WA Innovator of the Year 2015; 40-under-40 Winner
Larry Lopez
Partner, Australian Venture Consultants; Director, Jolimont Global Mining; Director, Accelerating Commercialisation
Michael Evans
Mining Technology Consultant, Endevea; Former Senior Software Developer, Maptek
Branden Dekenah
Principal, Eaton Square; Former Managing Director, Conducive
Diederik Lugtigheid
Director of Technology, Komatsu Chile
Robert Perrons
Associate Professor of Technology Management and Strategy, Queensland University of Technology
Christian Larsen
Co-Founder and CEO, GlassTerra; Director, CRC Ore Ltd
Alex Retzlaff
Co-Founder and CTO, Commit.Works (formerly Fewzion); Founder and Director, Applications Developer Pty Ltd
Malcolm McBratney
Principal, Corporate, Commercial and IP Law, Macpherson Kelley
Richard Matthews
Former Principal Advisor Mine Planning Systems, Rio Tinto; Former CEO, Gemcom
Armin Kappes
Digital Customer Experience Account Director, Oracle; Former Digital Traffic Management Senior Business Development Manager, Transmax Pty Ltd
Peta Ellis
Chief Executive Officer, River City Labs; Program Director, RiverPitch; Lead Organiser Brisbane, Startup Weekend
“In today’s more challenging environment, mining companies need to start embracing successful practices from other industries such as the Unearthed event. For Gold Fields this is a bold step forward in using an unconventional process for mining, to try and solve conventional mining problems.”Paul Lucey, CEO, Mine Vision Systems; Former Head of Engineering and Projects, Gold Fields