Tortoise
Innovation

Startup founders react to a new report saying Australia is lagging key nations on tech innovation

- September 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

A new report into Australia’s digital future, released with week found that the nation is falling behind the US, UK, Canada, France and China when it comes to tech innovation. The analysis by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering results in the two peak bodies issuing an urgent call to action,… Read more »

Innovation

Here are some of the best things among 100-plus events at the 2021 Spark Festival

- September 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Tech & innovation festival Spark has unveiled its 2021 program with more than 100 events in a hybrid mix of national gatherings online and in person.  Now in its sixth year, the Spark Festival will run for two weeks from October 13-27, covering everything that’s hot for startups, innovation and entrepreneurship. Festival Director Maxine Sherrin… Read more »

Innovation

A new report reveals that Australia is falling behind the US, UK and China on digital tech innovation

- September 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

Digital technologies are now at the heart of our everyday lives, as anyone who has swapped their office for a videoconferencing screen, or downloaded a contact-tracing app, knows only too well. This trend is set to continue even in a post-COVID world. Australia is at a crossroads in developing a strong digital economy to meet… Read more »

Innovation

The NSW government’s new Central Station quantum startup hub has opened tenant applications

- August 4, 2021 2 MIN READ

The NSW government has opened expressions of interest for founding tenants of the new Quantum Terminal at Sydney’s Tech Central startup and scale-up hub at Central Station.  Jobs and investment minister Stuart Ayres said a residency in The Quantum Terminal was a chance for startups to help grow the innovation ecosystem. “The Quantum Terminal will… Read more »

Innovation

The City of Sydney is opening a massive tech innovation hub in Salesforce Tower to help tackle climate change

- August 2, 2021 2 MIN READ

The soaring 56-storey Salesforce Tower at Sydney’s Circular Quay will be home to a new innovation hub focused on tackling climate change. Named ‘Greenhouse’, the hub spans 3,800sqm on first three floors at 180 George Street and is due to open next year. It will offer affordable office space for climate tech startups and scaleups,… Read more »

Giant Leap
Innovation

Giant Leap’s Small Steps: the social innovation we need to address climate change

- July 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Giant Leap’s Small Steps, a newsletter offering global insights and news on the impact startups landscape. We’ll be sharing a edited version with Startup Daily readers every fortnight.  Giant Leap is Australia’s first impact venture fund, and they use this newsletter to surface the ideas and businesses that intrigue and inspire them and… Read more »

R&D, science
Innovation

Dumb luck has hidden Australia’s poor R&D investment record and it’s time to fix that

- July 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australia’s long run of economic growth from the early 1990s to early 2020 inspired much boasting by incumbent politicians. But behind the hubris and headlines lies a less flattering story — about Australia riding a wave of dumb luck, with exports to China and relatively high levels of immigration masking mundane economic performance. The most… Read more »

Fantastic Voyage, sci-fi, Donald Pleasance
Innovation

If Australia really wants to be innovative, then we need to start thinking about smaller businesses

- June 8, 2021 3 MIN READ

It took a chance meeting between Cameron van den Dungen, founder of a start-up mattress company, and Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University, to see an opportunity to collaborate and commercialise research. Van den Dungen had a dream of creating a bed for use in aged care to monitor sleep quality and comfort.… Read more »

Innovation

The 5 barriers the CSIRO found to innovation in Australia

- November 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian companies face five key barriers to unlocking value in innovation in a new report from the CSIRO. Talking to private and public sector leaders, the Value of science and technology report by the CSIRO Futures team, identified a range of issues, including declining investment in innovation – despite the push into tackling Covid-19 in 2020… Read more »