Investment & Support

Channel Lab: YouTube Accelerator

February 28, 2024
Image courtesy of Changer.

Applications closed Monday 8 April

Screen Queensland in partnership with Changer and with the support of YouTube has launched Channel Lab: YouTube Accelerator. This new initiative will support emerging Queensland creators who use online platforms to share their screen stories with in-depth training to enhance their production skills, better understand their audience and build their YouTube presence. 

Channel Lab: YouTube Accelerator will see up to 20 creators or teams participate in a 16-week program starting on Monday 13 May with Changer. The program includes masterclasses with online experts and one-on-one mentorship, equipping creators with the skills to allow their content to maximise its potential. The team demonstrating the strongest growth during the program will receive an opportunity to travel to a prominent online creator conference. 


The Channel Lab: YouTube Accelerator program is divided into two parts and is based off Changer’s established Accelerator program. The first eight weeks features: 

  • 1 x full-day in-person masterclass at Screen Queensland Studios, Brisbane in Hemmant 
  • weekly group masterclass sessions (2–2.5 hours each)  
  • weekly group check-In sessions (1 hour each). 

The second part of the program continues for another eight weeks and includes: 

  • weekly group check-in sessions (1 hour each)  
  • bespoke 1:1 mentor sessions (3 in total for each cohort member). 

Across the 16 weeks, Changer will cover key areas that creators need to master for successful and sustainable growth on YouTube. Participants will be joined weekly by industry experts who will share their knowledge of how to engage, retain and grow online communities. Past experts include Mario Joo, the retention director for Mr Beast (228 million subscribers), and Derek Miller from Veritasium, one of the largest edutainment channels on the platform. 

  • Open to YouTube creators with a channel size between 5,000 and 150,000 subscribers or between 50,000 and 500,000 followers on any other user-generated platform 
  • Individual participants must be Bona Fide Queenslanders  
  • Teams must include Bona Fide Queenslanders 
  • Individuals must be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident, aged 18 or over 
  • Meet Screen Queensland’s general eligibility requirements as set out in its Terms of Trade
  • With exceptions granted for full-time students* in this case. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen practitioners are encouraged to apply. Additionally, we are committed to ensuring diverse representation across all aspects of the production and development process, including women, age, cultural and linguistic diversity, disability, LGBTQIA+, location (including regional and remote areas); and socio-economic status. 

Individuals, or at least one member of each group must be able to attend the in-person masterclasses held at Screen Queensland Studios, Brisbane. Successful Queensland applicants who are not based in Brisbane may receive support to participate in-person. 

*Exemptions are available in this instance in recognition of the accessibility of YouTube to younger content creators and audiences, and to accommodate potential channels run by students that are achieving the eligibility size on the platform. 


Applications are managed by Changer.


Brisbane-based Changer are long-term collaborators with Google and have created and run over 20 Creator programs and initiatives in the US, Australia, New Zealand, APAC, India and Canada. Alumni from their Accelerator program have gone on to reach over 70 million subscribers combined. 


Screen Queensland Content team

07 3248 0500