Nomad Atomics cofounders Christian Freier, Kyle Hardman and Paul Wigley

ANU physicists raise $10 million in a Series A for their quantum sensor startup, Nomad Atomics

- July 3, 2023 3 MIN READ

A deep tech startup cofounded by three globally recognised atomic physicists at Australian National University has raised $12 million to develop miniaturised quantum sensors for mining, underground resources and navigation. The round was led by existing investor Blackbird with support from Right Click Capital. A previous Seed round raised $2 million, with ANU also on… Read more »

ULUU cofounders Michael Kingsbury and Michael Julia Reisser

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 »


Canberra is about to host 15 clever startups strutting their stuff in the hunt for investors

- March 3, 2023 2 MIN READ

Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) is holding its third annual Investor Showcase on March 21, 2023, at the CBRIN premises in Canberra.  It will feature some of the most promising local and regional startups seeking seed and series A funding, including several with patents/deep technology advantages. The showcase is designed for venture investors to meet and… Read more »


Plastics replacement startup ULUU lands $8m Seed round, with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, chef Neil Perry & model Karlie Kloss as investors

- November 16, 2022 3 MIN READ

Seaweed-based plastics replacement startup ULUU has raised $8 million in a Seed round that’s attracted and all-star cast of investors from music, restaurants and modelling. The round was led by existing backer, Main Sequence Ventures, supported by Alberts Impact Ventures, Mistletoe and Possible Ventures. The Western Australian venture, is creating compostable polymers known as PHAs… Read more »

Paul Riley

Woolworths backs plastic-eating recycling startup in $54 million Series A raise

- November 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

Recycling startup Samsara Eco has raised $54 million in a Series A round as it looks to reduce plastic pollution. Existing backers, including CSIRO’s deep tech fund Main Sequence, Woolworths Group’s W23 and Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) Innovation Fund were joined. by new investors Breakthrough Victoria, Singapore’s Temasek, Assembly Climate Capital, DCVC and INP Capital… 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 »