Australian University awards funding to local Bitcoin exchange

Josh Lehman
January 8, 2019

A Brisbane-based Bitcoin exchange has caught the eye of Queensland’s University of Technology (QUT), which awarded the start-up $15,000 in funding.

Digital Surge was selected among eight innovations to receive the money, as part of QUT’s ‘Bluebox Accelerator’ program.

“We look for the most innovative start-ups across all disciplines,” said the program mentor Dr Tim MacTaggart.

“This year we have a bright group who cover the emerging Queensland interests including cryptocurrency, retail and some of our most pressing social issues such as homelessness.”

Dr Tim MacTaggart, Chief Entrepeneur-in-residence, QUT Bluebox

The QUT Bluebox accelerator is a three month intensive program aimed at getting start-ups reading for fast-tracking commercial growth.

As well as the funding, selected teams receive funding, mentorship, education and office space.

Picture: QUT

Digital Surge co-founder Josh Lehman says the recognition is exciting.

“This program gives us the opportunity to further develop our entrepreneurial skills and ultimately deliver a better product for our customers,” Mr Lehman said.

“Since our launch we have led the industry in providing our in app instant support to our end users, something that we are very proud of.”

“We believe cryptocurrency is the future of finance, and we want to enable all Australians to be able to access this new resource.”

Josh Lehman

I’m the co-founder of Digital Surge - Australian Bitcoin Exchange. We provide a fast and easy way for Australians to access cryptocurrency. I’ve spent over 10 years working in the IT industry and know first hand that technology doesn't need to be complicated. It is our mission to simplify access to cryptocurrency and to educate and support our customers throughout their journey.