Why we need to celebrate the power and brave ideas of deep tech

- July 5, 2024 3 MIN READ

Deep tech ventures are capable of creating global impact. They bring unrivalled improvements in living standards for citizens, such as lengthening average life expectancy, creating jobs and opportunities, and raising wealth. And they can also generate massive social, environmental, and financial returns for Australia specifically, including building long-term economic growth and resilience. Deep tech currently… Read more »

Sally-Ann Williams

Cicada Innovations reveals the startups starring at Tech 23

- July 2, 2024 8 MIN READ

Cicada Innovations has revealed the 23 startups to take part in this year’s Cicada xTech23 event next month. The 23 were chosen from more than 143 applications nationally and span five categories asking big questions about building the future with systemic solutions to broad-reaching problems. They range from wireless charging startup Aquila, which last month… Read more »

Sally-Ann Williams

Applications for this year’s Cicada x Tech23 have opened for deep tech startups

- March 21, 2024 2 MIN READ

Deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations is on the hunt for the nation’s 23 most promising deep tech ventures, to showcase their world-changing innovations at the country’s largest deep tech conference, Cicada x Tech23. Applications are now open for the next three weeks April 12. Founders keen to take part and present at the event are asked to explain… Read more »

Sally-Ann Williams

Cicada Innovations finds partnerships are as important to deep tech as funding when it comes to success

- January 4, 2024 3 MIN READ

The biggest impediment to Australia shifting from a services-based industry to one based on science and engineering is a longstanding deep tech “scaleup problem” according to a new report from incubator Cicada Innovations. The inaugural “Cicada x Tech23 2023 Insights” report is based on data from 128 deep tech applicants to Cicada x Tech23 2023,… Read more »

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Cicada Innovations names Dr Katherine Woodthorpe as its first female chair

- September 28, 2023 3 MIN READ

Cicada Innovations has appointed Dr Katherine Woodthorpe as its new chair, the first woman to lead the board in the 23-year history of the Sydney-based deep tech incubator. The non-executive director (NED) replaces Andrew Rothery after nearly eight years in the role. Dr Woodthorpe has more than three decades of experience in commercialising technologies across a broad… Read more »

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Here are the 23 startups chosen by Cicada Innovations for Tech23

- June 8, 2023 5 MIN READ

Deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations has chosen its first cohort of startup founders showcasing world-changing innovations at the annual deep technology conference Cicada x Tech23. Cicada became custodians of Tech23 last year, reviving Australia’s longest-running deep tech event to support Australian deep tech innovators The 23 ventures were chosen from more than 130 applications nationally… Read more »

Sally-Ann Williams

Cicada Innovations revives Rachel Slattery’s pioneering deep tech conference Tech23

- January 16, 2023 2 MIN READ

Sydney-based deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations has taken custodianship of the annual deep technology conference Tech23 from its founder, Rachel Slattery Tech23 launched 14 years ago, sharing Cicada’s focus on championing and supporting the deep tech startup sector. Slattery set out to create national community to support deep tech, connecting them with investors, advisers, government… Read more »


3 examples of what it takes to become a science entrepreneur

- August 31, 2022 3 MIN READ

It’s a common misconception that to become a science entrepreneur requires undertaking a research pathway in university or a commercial research lab, or having a university pedigree. It’s also rarely a linear and straight line to the finish. As Cicada Innovation’s founders have demonstrated, successful science entrepreneurs hail from all sorts of divergent backgrounds and… Read more »

Sally-Ann Williams

Cicada Innovations signs deal with Indian space-tech incubator mach33.aero

- July 29, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Sydney-based National Space Industry Hub at deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations is partnering with one of India’s largest aviation, aerospace and space-tech incubators, mach33.aero to support space entrepreneurs across both nations with their global and beyond ambitions. The Bangalore-based fellow deep tech incubator is India’s first public-private partnership to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in… Read more »

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NSW is ramping up its semiconductor capability in partnership with the CSIRO

- June 27, 2022 2 MIN READ

The NSW government is establishing a collaboration between leading Sydney universities and the CSIRO to improve the state’s sovereign semiconductor capability to support critical local industries including health, defence and telecommunications. The Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B) brings together leading experts from the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and the… Read more »

Other tech

Deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations is on the hunt for ideas to make grain growing more sustainable

- November 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

Cicada Innovations is launching a grain agtech challenge to uncover innovative deep tech solutions that will help to drive sustainability and improve profitability in the grain growing industry. The GrowLab Grains Challenge, a collaboration with the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), is now seeking applications from entrepreneurs, grain growers, and researchers. Successful applicants will take part in… Read more »