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?

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Who are you?

Are you an awesome entrepreneur, innovator or startup who has 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?

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 ave 40 years’ experience in industry, have raised more than $5 mil in seed funding for their own startups and have invested in other startups focused on the resources sector. See team below

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. These innovative technologies and processes will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the resources industry, and have a significant impact on resources companies’ bottom lines. You will be granted 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.

The Team


Zane Prickett

Zane is a Director of Unearthed and will oversee operations of the Accelerator Program.

Kathy Bunce
Program Director

Kathy will direct the Accelerator Program for 2017.

Bill Withers
Lead Mentor

Bill is a seasoned technology entrepreneur as Founder of acQuire Technologies and Adapt.

Justin Strharsky

Justin is a Director of Unearthed and will lead the Accelerator Program for 2017.


Newton Labs

From testing the Accelerator Program model during 2015 Newton Labs emerged, which won a WA Young Innovator of the Year Award for its innovative work in assisting a global mining heavyweight with the challenges of large boulders blocking primary crushers at its iron ore operations. Newton Labs developed a novel sensor and analytics package, and is now using its technology on mine sites to report on particle size distribution and prevent oversize material from blocking the crushers, delivering significant savings to the mine operator.


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


Richard Matthews
Former Principal Advisor Mine Planning Systems, Rio Tinto; Former CEO, Gemcom
Paul Lucey
CEO, Mine Vision Systems; Former Head of Engineering and Projects, Gold Fields
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

GaVin Lee
Principal, Model Answer Commercial Intelligence; Consultant Analyst, Fortescue Metals Group
Paul Moynagh
Business Development and Marketing Director, Fewzion
Kashif Saleem
CEO, Track’em; WA Innovator of the Year 2015; 40-under-40 Winner
Simon Molyneux
Offshore Exploration Manager, Santos

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
“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, Head of Engineering and Projects, Gold Fields. 18 April 2014