Cicada x Tech23

Australia’s biggest deep tech celebration

Showcasing 23 of Australia’s most promising ventures, Cicada x Tech23 2024 continues to be a vanguard festival of radical innovation and brave ideas in the world of deep tech.

The event connects visionary founders to a network of investors, leaders and big thinkers – inviting the ecosystem to support game-changing people and businesses that can revolutionise our world.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 7th August in Sydney and we are searching for 23 of the most visionary leaders and exciting innovations to champion on the nation's largest deep tech stage.

Why you should apply

  • Share your vision on a grand stage, showcase your innovation to industry titans, visionary investors, and fellow innovators keen to propel your journey forward.

  • Gain unprecedented exposure, elevate your startup to new heights and spotlight your solution to a nationwide audience.

  • Unlock partnerships, tap into critical resources, and connect with a network dedicated to supercharging your startup's trajectory.

  • Be part of a vibrant community of deep tech champions, committed to supporting each other's success and pushing the boundaries of possibility.

The future is being built today— are you ready to be a part of it?

Whether you're in the lab turning research into reality, laying the foundation of your startup, or scaling up to meet growing demand, Cicada x Tech23 is your launchpad. We're calling on leaders revolutionising healthcare, tackling climate change, innovating in energy, addressing food security, and advancing manufacturing. You could be leading breakthroughs in AI, robotics, biotechnology, materials science, or quantum computing.

Become one of the 23

Rewriting Australia's deep tech narrative

Read our Cicada x Tech23 2023 Insights Report which underscores the breadth and diversity of deep tech businesses and talent we have here in Australia. 

  • The pivotal role of collaborations and partnerships in developing and bringing solutions to market

  • Some of the persistent challenges of 'scaling' deep tech businesses

  • The need for a 'systems' approach to seeking out and supporting deep tech ventures

Glimpse into the future, then do your part to make it a reality

We will gather deep tech village of investors, business leaders and policymakers and ask “everyone to imagine our own roles in building a better and brighter future.”

Systems not silos

The interconnected nature of our world demands a shift toward systemic thinking and design. We must tackle global problems from multiple angles simultaneously. Governments, businesses, and communities must align on a grand vision, recognising that deep tech solutions require a complex, collaborative approach to thrive.

At Tech23 we will explore five systems, from the built environment to human health, where we'll envisage decades ahead, imagining alternative futures and unveiling the technologies and entrepreneurs that can get us there.

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