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IKEA’s Adelaide store will be self-powered by 2025 as the retailer eyes a move into renewable energy generation and supply

- October 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

IKEA Australia will install solar panels generating 1.2MW of electricity on the rooftop of its Adelaide store as it moves towards operating with 100% renewable energy by 2025.  The project will create largest grid-connected commercial microgrid, connecting with the South Australian power network, and will be coupled with a 3.4MWh onsite battery – think around… Read more »

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Two brothers who created an anti-theft motorbike tracker have turned their solution into a startup

- October 13, 2020 2 MIN READ

When brothers Nathan and Trent Torkar went looking for affordable and reliable ways to protect their motorbikes from theft, they couldn’t find a solution. So they decided to invent one using a portable GPS tracker. The result is their security startup Solid GPS, which works on everything from bikes to cars, trailers and caravans, helping people… Read more »

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CICADA TURNS 20: Morse Micro is the startup you create when the inventors of Wi-Fi go back to the drawing board

- October 13, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s first ever incubator, Cicada Innovations. To date, Cicada Innovations has incubated more than 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise in excess of $450 million in venture capital and government grants, create hundreds of jobs, build local manufacturing capability, file more than 500 patents and trademarks,… Read more »

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Agritech VC Tenacious Ventures backs US carbon marketplace Nori in $5.6 m raise

- October 9, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Australian agrifood tech venture capital firm, Tenacious Ventures has co-invested as part of a US$4 million (A$5.6m) round in carbon marketplace startup, Nori.  The round was led by US VC firm Placeholder along with North Island Ventures. Nori, based in Seattle, USA, has developed a marketplace for carbon removal using blockchain technology.  Nori’s first supported… Read more »

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Intelligent transport is hitting the road in Queensland

- October 7, 2020 2 MIN READ

A South Australian-based V2X technology company has today begun a connected vehicle trial in Queensland which will help explore the future of co-operative intelligent transport systems. About 500 vehicles will be fitted with Cohda Wireless’s MK5H on-board units as part of the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP). Cohda Wireless’s V2X (vehicle to everything) technology allows… Read more »

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Satellites are the new tractors of agriculture

- October 5, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

It’s World Space Week, October 4-10, with the theme ‘satellites improve life’, and AgriFutures Australia is marking the occasion by getting farmers to turn their attention on space technologies. An upcoming AgriFutures Australia collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU)  is exploring why farmers should be looking to space to solve industry challenges. Space technologies… Read more »

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The ability to save millions from dying of heart failure could be just a lick of spit away, thanks to Melbourne medtech ESN Cleer

- September 23, 2020 2 MIN READ

Melbourne-based ESN Cleer is set to deliver a major medical breakthrough in the next 12 months as it releases the world’s first early risk detection screening for heart disease. The medtech startup has developed a simple saliva test that can be used by GPs to detect early risk for developing heart failure, which kills 10… Read more »

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Science says wearing a mask can dramatically reduce your risk of catching Covid-19

- September 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

Tests of commonly available fabric masks by scientists at Flinders University has concluded that they significantly reduce the number of aerosolised viruses a wearer could be exposed to. The study, published in Pathogens, found even the poorest performing mask filtered at least 50% of viruses. The viral filtration (VFE) was calculated for two sizes of… Read more »

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CICADA TURNS 20: Propeller Aero is revolutionising earthwork with 3D drone mapping

- September 17, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s first ever incubator, Cicada Innovations. To date, Cicada Innovations has incubated over 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise over $450 million in venture capital and government grants, create hundreds of jobs, build local manufacturing capability, file more than 500 patents and trademarks, and launch… Read more »

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Workplace tech unicorn SafetyCulture buys EdApp in $40 million deal

- September 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Workplace tech platform SafetyCulture has made its first acquisition, taking over mobile training startup EdApp in a deal that values the business at $40 million. SafetyCulture, most recently valued at $1.3 billion following a $60.5 million raise, has invested $9 million in five-year-old EdApp in recent years, including $1 million convertible note in early 2020.… Read more »

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CICADA TURNS 20: How synthetic skin biotech Elastagen changed lives

- September 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s first ever incubator, Cicada Innovations. To date, Cicada Innovations has incubated over 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise over $450 million in venture capital and government grants, create hundreds of jobs, build local manufacturing capability, file more than 500 patents and trademarks, and launch… Read more »

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CICADA TURNS 20: How deep tech startup SpeeDx is helping the fight against superbugs

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s first ever incubator, Cicada Innovations. To date, Cicada Innovations has incubated more than 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise in excess of $450 million in venture capital and government grants, create hundreds of jobs, build local manufacturing capability, file more than 500 patents and… Read more »