News & Analysis

Chris Ridd on 2020’s best and worst, the year ahead and books he’s reading this summer

- December 23, 2020 5 MIN READ

Ask anyone in Melbourne, where they spent 111 days in a second major lockdown to get Covid-19 under control, about 2020 and they’ll give you a mixed reaction, including startup advisor and investor Chris Ridd. On the upside, he’s a Richmond Tigers supporter.  As part of our summer series looking back on an extraordinary year… Read more »

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Canva’s doing something really cool to end 2020 – and you’re invited to join the party

- December 22, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Australian design company Canva wants to spread the love on New Year’s Eve and has launched a program to send positive messages to people around the world as the clock strikes midnight. The Canva #OnAGoodNote New Years Eve challenge is inviting people share messages of hope, inspiration, and kindness using Canva designs. It’s an online… Read more »

Global tech

The ACCC has rejected Google’s Fitbit acquisition promise

- December 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

The ACCC says it won’t  accept a legally binding pledge offered by Google to address competition concerns about its proposed acquisition of Fitbit. The competition regulator says its investigation into Google’s proposed acquisition of the wearables manufacturer will continue, setting a new decision date on whether to approve the deal in Australia by March 25,… Read more »

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Victoria ramps up border restrictions Sydney grapples with growing coronavirus cases

- December 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

Victoria will ban Sydneysiders from entering the state from midnight on Sunday, unless they undertake a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the state’s health department have upgraded the Greater Sydney area and Central Coast to a ‘red zone’, which means anyone who lives in these communities, or visited the area 11… Read more »

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It’s lift off for Adelaide’s new space startup cluster

- December 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has established an organisation to represent space startup companies in Australia. Called the Aurora Space Startup Cluster, the new company is based at the Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood in Adelaide, South Australia that is also home to the Australian Space Agency. SmartSat CEO Prof Andy Koronios said Aurora already… Read more »

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Australia is launching a mission to the moon

- December 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australian satellite company Fleet Space Technologies is planning a mission to the moon as part of a consortium named Seven Sisters. The mission will launch in 2023 to search the Moon using nanosatellites and other exploration sensors for abundant and accessible water. Fleet, OZ Minerals, University of Adelaide, UNSW, Unearthed, Tyvak Australia and Fugro have… Read more »

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Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams on the best & worst of 2020, the lessons learnt and books she’ll read this summer

- December 16, 2020 5 MIN READ

Its been a big year for Cicada Innovations and CEO Sally-Ann Williams in her first full year as CEO. Australia’s first ever incubator celebrated its 20th anniversary, with the Sydney deep tech venture having nurtured more than 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise over $450 million in venture capital and government grants.… Read more »