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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 »

Gregor Whyte, Rachelle Dunstan and Matthew Morrison
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Startmate Demo Day: Kite Therapy helps parents give better support to children with developmental issues

- April 22, 2024 4 MIN READ

Ahead of Startmate Demo Day on May 2 in Sydney at Blackbird’s Sunrise, Startup Daily is profiling the 10 startups involved. Today it’s  Kite Therapy, which is empowering parents to help their neurodiverse children thrive As we become more aware of neurodiversity, parents are seeking diagnoses for their children earlier, and the rates of autism… Read more »

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New Zealand is getting an hydrofoiling electric ferry

- March 14, 2024 2 MIN READ

A New Zealand lake will be home to the world’s first electric hydrofoiling ferry, used to transport workers to a hydro power station.  The Swedish-made Candela P-12 electric hydrofoil ferry will offer daily transport for workers at Manapōuri Power Station, Aotearoa’s largest hydro plant, on World Heritage-listed Lake Manapōuri, voted the country’s most beautiful lake. The… 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 »

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Elon Musk claims Neuralink put its first chip in a human brain. Here’s what it means for Australian startup competitor Synchron

- February 5, 2024 3 MIN READ

Last week, Elon Musk announced his brain-computer interface company, Neuralink, had implanted a device in a human for the first time. The company’s PRIME study, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration last year, is testing a brain implant for “people with paralysis to control external devices with their thoughts”. The first human received… Read more »

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It all Generative AI and robots – sometimes together – at CES in Las Vegas

- January 12, 2024 3 MIN READ

As car manufacturers have demonstrated for years, there is no functional reason why robots require a head, face, or personality – but with Generative AI (GenAI) now offering irresistible possibilities for designers, humanoid robots were out in force at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Chinese firm Kepler Exploration Robot Co, for one, used the… Read more »

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Victoria has a $100 billion startup ecosystem

- December 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

Victoria’s startup ecosystem has grown in value by $12 billion to surpass $100 billion according to a new report from LaunchVic. The size and scope of their success is revealed in the Victoriaʼs startup ecosystem report 2023, produced in partnership with, which found the combined value rose from $91 billion to $103bn in the… Read more »

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Australia’s video games industry revenue has grown 21% to $345 million

- December 18, 2023 2 MIN READ

Revenue in the Australian video game industry has risen to $345.5 million, up 21% on the FY2022, according to the latest data from the Australian Game Developer Survey (AGDS). The eighth annual survey, from peak industry body, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) corroborates Australian consumer sales data released earlier this year, showing the… Read more »

Simone Dossetor and Tetiana George
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How insurtech is transforming a $7 trillion global market

- December 14, 2023 3 MIN READ

The Australian insurance market is worth $100 billion annually and $7 trillion worldwide, offering a massive opportunity for startups in the space   With that prize in mind, Insurtech Australia brought together startups in the space, early-stage investors and business leaders in Sydney at at event sponsored by Investment NSW to debunk investment myths around early-stage… Read more »

Tanck cofounders Neil Pharaoh and Angus Crowther. Photo: Rory Parker
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This startup is the ‘secret weapon’ community organisations need to deal with governments

- December 4, 2023 2 MIN READ

Tanck is a startup described as a ‘secret weapon’ for NFPs and social sector organisations when it comes to government relations and engagement. Founded in 2020 by Angus Crowther and Neil Pharaoh, Tanck is a small team of political gurus who share their political knowledge and experience with organisations who want to change the world… Read more »