Here are the 12 female-founded startups the University of Newcastle just helped women build

- December 8, 2023 5 MIN READ

If you’re a VC looking to improve your track record on investing in startups led by women, bookmark this story. Twelve women-led startups are about to emerge from the University of Newcastle’s I2N Female Founders Program. The program’s main aim is to level the playing field for committed female founders to build their businesses and reach… Read more »

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Australian startups Onvol and Economical Energy chosen for Shell’s climate tech accelerator Studio X

- October 23, 2023 2 MIN READ

Two Australian climate tech startups are among seven ideas as part of the third cohort for US-based Studio X’s global energy and climate tech innovation accelerator. Economical Energy and Onvol will be part of the 16-week program, which is backed by energy giant Shell. The seven ideas chosen span energy, climate tech, green energy solutions, emissions management,… Read more »

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Venture Capital

Early-stage investor Antler lands $60 million 2nd fund as Uber Australia OG Mike Abbott signs on as partner

- October 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

Early-stage venture capital firm Antler says it has commitments approaching A$60 million at the final close of its second Australian fund Investors in Australian Fund II include Canberra Airport billionaire Terry Snow’s Snow Foundation, Flight Centre co-founder Geoff Harris through his family office and pioneering Melbourne early-stage investor Roger Allen. Antler launched in Australia in… Read more »

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Queensland has a new program for agtech startups tackling plant health

- September 22, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

A new agricultural innovation program for is setting up in Toowoomba, 125km west of Queensland, to support startups focused on enhancing plant health. The Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba is delivering the open innovation initiative in conjunction with industry body Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). The OpenGround program will bring together scaleups and innovation… Read more »


Startmate reveals the 13 new startups it’s backed ahead of SXSW Demo Day

- September 15, 2023 4 MIN READ

Female founders are involved in nearly 40% of the 13 startups in the Startmate class of winter 2023, with climate tech and AI among the key themes backed by the accelerator and investment program. The Winter23 Accelerator cohort spans everything from AI-powered recruitment to misdiagnosed prenatal ultrasounds and inflatable space solar panels.  Two of the… Read more »


Here are the 7 sports startups chosen for Tennis Australia’s innovation program

- August 24, 2023 2 MIN READ

AO StartUps, the incubator program by Tennis Australia, which nurtures tech companies in sport, has chosen seven ideas for its mid-year intake.  Tennis Australia Head of Innovation Dr Machar Reid they had hundreds of applications from companies across the globe before having to choose just seven. “We were so impressed with the diversity and quality… Read more »

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Here are the 12 startups in the first Techstars Tech Central program in Sydney

- July 24, 2023 2 MIN READ

Twelve startups are part of the first cohort of the new NSW government-backed Techstars accelerator in Sydney. The 3-month program at Sydney’s Tech Central provides startup founders with seed funding, training and access to a network of mentors to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The selected startups work across a range of sectors including AI, climate… Read more »

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CBA’s VC accelerator is looking to back net-zero startups

- July 17, 2023 2 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank’s venture-scaling  arm, x15ventures, is on the hunt for startups focused on net-zero carbon emissions for its 2023 cohort. Applications opened today, July 17, for x15’s annual Xccelerate program, which develops early-stage startups develop their ideas for corporate partnership. This year’s Xccelerate investment thesis is “helping advance Australia’s transition to net  zero” and… Read more »

The EnergyLab 2023 scaleup program cohort

Here are the 10 startups climate tech accelerator EnergyLab selected for its scaleup program

- June 27, 2023 3 MIN READ

EnergyLab has chosen six Australian climate tech startups in a cohort of 10 for its latest scaleup program Now in its fourth year, the industry-led EnergyLab’s Scaleup Program helps the startups involved develop initiatives to fast-track decarbonisation of the grid. The program offers startups the chance to collaborate with Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative… Read more »

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Ocean Impact Organisation has picked 3 Australian startups for its latest accelerator

- June 26, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australia’s Ocean Impact Organisation (OIO) has selected six startups working on ways to improve the ocean’s health to take part in the latest Ocean Impact Accelerator Program. The three startups from Australia, and as well as three from the US. will spend five months working alongside OIO to expand their business, and impact on cleaner seas.… Read more »

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Ag tech

Agtech accelerator Sparklabs Cultiv8 is backing 10 cleantech startups in a new program

- June 2, 2023 3 MIN READ

Agri-food tech accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8 is turning its attention to cleantech startups in a new program to fund and develop them. The SparkLabs Cultiv8 CleanTech Accelerator has selected 10 startups for its initial cohort backed by Malcolm Nutt and Jonathon Quigley’s VC fund Cultiv8 Funds Management. Since its launch in 2017, the SparkLabs accelerator program… Read more »

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Biotech incubator CUREator tips $12 million into 19 startups tackling global health

- June 2, 2023 3 MIN READ

Biotech incubator CUREator has allocated $12 million in venture funding to 19 projects focused on a range of global health issues, ranging from treatments for lupus, motor neurone disease, brain and ovarian cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease, as part of its second cohort. Backed by the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), which invested… Read more »