Uniseed CEO Peter Devine and University of Newcastle's Warwick Dawson
Venture Capital

Pioneering VC fund Uniseed doubles its backers as five universities, including Monash, UTS and Macquarie, chip in

- November 15, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australia’s oldest venture fund, university-backed Uniseed, has doubled its research partners from five to 10 as it looks to back more startups focused on research commercialisation. Joining its founding ‘sandstone’ uni group – Queensland, NSW, Melbourne, and Sydney, plus science agency CSIRO, are Monash as a full partner, alongside a collaboration partnership of four NSW universities… Read more »

Drone, farm, agriculture, agtech

CSIRO has launched a free online innovation program for agrifood startups

- September 19, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is offering a new online learning program for free for startups focused on innovation in agrifood. The ‘Innovate to Grow: Agrifood’ program runs for 10 weeks from November and is designed to help early-stage companies assess how they can advance their technologies, solutions and ideas through research and development (R&D).… Read more »

Startup Daily TV

Startup Daily TV: NSW tech, innovation & science minister Alister Henskens on the state’s $800 million plan for startups

- June 29, 2022 2 MIN READ

The NSW budget, announced last week, delivered the single-largest investment in scientific research, innovation and technological development in the state’s history – $832.7 million boost over four years.  Total investment topped $1.1 billion with $270 million also announced to boost to biomedical research, on top of $119.1 million over 10 years for RNA research and… Read more »

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NSW is offering $95 million to support clean tech startups and research

- March 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

The NSW government has opened applications for three new grant initiatives offering up to $95 million research, development and commercialisation of clean technologies. NSW treasurer and energy minister Matt Kean said the grants will help drive innovations developed by scientists and startups as part of the push towards net zero by 2050. “Boosting emerging innovations… Read more »


New CSIRO research finds that every $1 spent on R&D in Australia delivers $3.50 in benefits

- November 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Each dollar invested in research and development (R&D) would earn an average of A$3.50 in economy-wide benefits for Australia, according to evidence compiled in a new report from CSIRO. Many Australians know research and development drives economic growth and improves our well-being and prosperity. However, few could describe the size of the relationship between Australia’s… Read more »

R&D, science, man looking in microscope

The NSW government is offering tech “vouchers” worth up to $50,000 for research to tackle Covid-19 impacts

- August 5, 2021 2 MIN READ

The NSW government is offering to new funding schemes to help startups commercialise ideas to address impacts of Covid-19. The new $6 million R&D Fund targets innovative products developed by NSW businesses. Proposals to scale R&D products will be assessed by a panel of judges with expertise in commercialisation, venture capital, academia, government and industry.… Read more »

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Future of work

Dumb luck has hidden Australia’s poor R&D investment record and it’s time to fix that

- July 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australia’s long run of economic growth from the early 1990s to early 2020 inspired much boasting by incumbent politicians. But behind the hubris and headlines lies a less flattering story — about Australia riding a wave of dumb luck, with exports to China and relatively high levels of immigration masking mundane economic performance. The most… Read more »


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 »


The government wants feedback on the R&D Tax Incentive – and you have just 10 days left to give it

- October 2, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) program is one of the most crucial yet fraught programs supporting the growth of Australian startups. The R&DTI helps offset some of the costs that businesses invest into eligible R&D and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is looking at reforms to improve how companies engage… Read more »


The startup sector responds to a scathing report into the fraught R&D Tax Incentive

- December 13, 2019 4 MIN READ

  Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has recommended a suite of reforms to how the beleaguered Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) in a report released yesterday. The program has caused alarm in the startup sector since the government announced changes to it in the 2018 Budget, looking to save $2.9… Read more »

Tech Rocketship Awards

The federal government is offering $50,000 grants so you can take your idea global

- June 3, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian government is offering researchers and businesses up to take their products global under round four of its Global Connections Fund (GCF) Bridging Grants. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the grants are designed to strengthen international partnerships between small businesses and researchers. “Connecting small and medium enterprises with the research… Read more »

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Here’s how the startup community is reacting to the Morrison government’s election win

- May 20, 2019 3 MIN READ

The Australian startup community has welcomed the return of the Morrison government following its surprise election win, despite the fact that the sector barely rated a mention from the Coalition during the campaign Alex McCauley, CEO of the peak national advocacy group for startups, StartupAUS,  said he hoped the result would deliver “a period of… Read more »