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Innovation

Startup founders react to a new report saying Australia is lagging key nations on tech innovation

- September 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

A new report into Australia’s digital future, released with week found that the nation is falling behind the US, UK, Canada, France and China when it comes to tech innovation. The analysis by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering results in the two peak bodies issuing an urgent call to action,… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia lacks a national plan for the digital economy and risks falling behind the global pack

- August 31, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australia leads the world on several technology fronts, but the Morrison government needs to accelerate industry digitisation or the country will lose its competitive advantage, the IT sector’s peak body, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has warned. The organisation, which is backed by computer giants Dell and IBM, as well as Telstra, has produced… Read more »

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Innovation

If Australia really wants to be innovative, then we need to start thinking about smaller businesses

- June 8, 2021 3 MIN READ

It took a chance meeting between Cameron van den Dungen, founder of a start-up mattress company, and Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University, to see an opportunity to collaborate and commercialise research. Van den Dungen had a dream of creating a bed for use in aged care to monitor sleep quality and comfort.… Read more »

Global tech

Culture Amp and Atlassian are in the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the world’s most innovative companies

- March 10, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian workplace tech powerhouses Atlassian and Culture Amp have been included in the top 10 for Fast Company’s annual list of the world’s most innovative companies. Unsurprising, project management tool Asana, Zoom and Slack take out the top three spots following a year where remote work and communication came to the fore, with Atlassian recognised… Read more »

News & Analysis

South Australian innovation festival _Southstart is putting VCs and 20 startups together in a big pitch summit at its festival

- December 16, 2020 2 MIN READ

_Southstart, the Adelaide-based ideas and innovation festival, will be one of the country’s first major post-lockdown events in 2021, with festival director Craig Swann blocking out February 16-19 for the Emergence* festival. “In a year that has presented no shortage of challenges, we have continued to bring life to the ecosystem through virtual events. However,… Read more »

Innovation

The 5 barriers the CSIRO found to innovation in Australia

- November 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian companies face five key barriers to unlocking value in innovation in a new report from the CSIRO. Talking to private and public sector leaders, the Value of science and technology report by the CSIRO Futures team, identified a range of issues, including declining investment in innovation – despite the push into tackling Covid-19 in 2020… Read more »

Accelerator

A new accelerator, The Melt, is cranking up Australian manufacturing after investing in 5 startups

- September 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

Slingshot founder Trent Bagnall has launched a manufacturing accelerator The Melt will invest around $1m annually in industrial startups It’s also supporting corporates looking to ramp up R&D The first $1m raise was done in a fortnight Industrial prototyping lab and innovation accelerator, The Melt has announced its first investments in five startups with an… Read more »

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News & Analysis

Innovation and agility: the keys to business continuity – and survival – in disruptive times

- July 13, 2020 3 MIN READ

  The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously observed that the only constant in life is change. But while anticipating disruptive events and developing plans to manage them is part and parcel of responsible business management, it’s a fair bet that few Australian enterprises were comprehensively prepared for a pandemic on the scale of COVID-19. Unknown to… Read more »

Insights

ACS Past President Yohan Ramasundara on how tech can respond to covid-19 and why ongoing investment matters

- May 19, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Yohan Ramasundara is an entrepreneur – the co-founder of Beta Launch and ISKOLE – and the Immediate Past President of ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector. After two years helming ACS through one of the most productive eras for the local tech industry, Startup Daily asked him for his views on the… Read more »

News & Analysis

Tesla’s global chair, Robyn Denholm, worries Australia’s grown complacent and afraid of risk

- December 5, 2019 3 MIN READ

  Robyn Denholm, the Australian businesswoman who’s now global chair of Elon Musk’s tech company Tesla, wants everyone in her homeland to embrace risk and is worried the nearly three decades of uninterrupted economic growth has made people complacent. Denholm (pictured above), who grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Milperra and rose to… Read more »

Opinion

Why ‘corporate innovation’ is BS

- December 2, 2019 2 MIN READ

“We are leading the way in corporate innovation” is often a phrase trumpeted by large corporations, put forward with the aim of portraying themselves as forward-thinking, original or cutting-edge. But its overuse and broad application has meant that the phrase has lost its true meaning. In the rush to claim innovation, corporations have repurposed the… Read more »