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What deep tech founders need to know about the Budget

- May 17, 2024 3 MIN READ

To ensure our long-term economic prosperity, Australia must continue to develop and establish sovereign capabilities in future critical industries. “This requires aligning the nation on a bold and visionary future through policy levers focussed on long-term, transformational opportunities while also galvanising short-term action to address our current circumstances”, commented Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams.  Sally also… Read more »

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Harikesh Pushpapathan named partner at Stoic Venture Capital

- April 23, 2024 2 MIN READ

Life sciences and deep tech VC Stoic Venture Capital has promoted Harikesh Pushpapathan to partner at the fund.  Pushpapathan joined Stoic in early 2022 as an investment analyst, becoming an investment manager 12 months later. He graduated from University of Sydney with degrees in psychology, neuroscience and finance, and now sits on the Uniseeed biotech… Read more »

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Synthetic biology is a $30 billion opportunity creating 50,000 jobs according to CSIRO and its VC arm

- February 27, 2024 2 MIN READ

Synthetic biology – referred to as “synbio” by insiders – could develop industry worth billions of dollars, creating thousands more jobs that previously expected according to a new report by national science agency, CSIRO, and its venture capital fund, Main Sequence. The Synthetic Biology National Progress Report, released this week, is an update to the 2021… Read more »

Marama Labs cofounders Dr Brendan Darby, Dr Matthias Meyer and Professor Eric Le Ru.

Kiwi wine analysis startup skols $2.85 million Seed raise

- January 31, 2024 2 MIN READ

New Zealand wine analysis startup Marama Labs has raised €1.75m (A$2.85m) in Seed funding to expand its global footprint.  The round was led by European agritech VC The Yield Lab, supported by New Zealand Growth Capital Partners, Icehouse Ventures, Quidnet Ventures, DeepIE, Radar Ventures, NZVC, and Kiwi angel groups, plus high-net-worth’s from Ireland and Germany.… Read more »

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Here are the 12 deep tech startups CSIRO chose for its latest ON Accelerate program

- December 7, 2023 3 MIN READ

Science agency CSIRO has announced the 12 planned deep-tech startups selected for its ON Accelerate program in 2024. The ideas span everything from global health challenges to sustainability through circularity, and advanced manufacturing. The ON program gives university researchers access to a network of industry experts and investors, to help them refine and validate their… Read more »

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 »

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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 »