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Get the latest news, thinking and insights from the Cicada and our community. You’ll find long-form blog posts, reports on deep tech in Australia, and topical webinars to dive into.

Cicada Innovations to launch new health-focused hub in Westmead Health Precinct

Cicada Innovations is expanding with the opening of a health-focused incubator at one of Australia’s largest health and biomedical research precincts, the Westmead Health and Innovation District, supported by a grant from Investment NSW.


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Since 2009, the annual Tech23 festival has called together the deep tech ecosystem to celebrate pioneering Australia science.

This year, Tech23 joins the Cicada family, united by our shared mission to celebrate and amplify radical innovators.

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Introducing the 23 startups chosen for Tech23

June 8th, 2023

Introducing the 23 extraordinary ventures taking the stage at Cicada x Tech23 2023, Australia's biggest deep tech festival. From infinite recycling to bat-like vision for the visually impaired, these startups are transforming industries and working on the most radical innovations to tackle some of the world's wicked problems.

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Early-stage commercialisation package backed by industry

May 10th, 2023

Deep tech leaders including Sally-Ann Williams share their thoughts on the budget, specifically the new Industry Growth Program. The program is an evolution of the Entrepreneurs Program, and aims to support early stage startups & SMEs with advice and grants to help them commercialise their ideas and grow.

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Australian Budget unveils support for Deep Tech SMEs

May 10th, 2023

Deep tech is a driver for future economic growth & will power our transition to net zero. Our CEO Sally-Ann Williams reflects on what the budget 2023 measures means for the deep tech sector and SMEs building that future.

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What’s wrong about the startup ‘valley of death’

February 8th, 2023
Our CEO Sally-Ann Williams lays out some of the bridges we must to build to support deep tech startups through the dozens of valleys of death they will face.
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Cicada Innovations to operate new biotech incubator

CSL, WEHI and The University of Melbourne jointly announce the appointment of Cicada Innovations as the independent operator of the new biotech incubator...

CEO Update

Read Sally-Ann Williams key highlights of the month in the deep tech ecosystem.

Australia’s Deep Tech Opportunity Report

This report is a key piece of research into how critical deep tech is in addressing our biggest challenges, and how it is already creating value for Australia in a multitude of ways. It documents how deep tech incubators serve the unique needs of deep tech startups, and sets out a vision for Australia to realise its deep tech potential. 

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Space Fast Strat 2023 - Recognising this year's Graduates

In line with our ongoing commitment to foster innovation and propel emerging space technology companies forward, we proudly acknowledge the achievements of this year's Space Fast Start program graduates.
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Deep Tech Origin Stories: Raj Bagri from Kapture

Welcome to Deep Tech Origin Stories. In this series of articles, we uncover the backstory of some of the most remarkable deep tech start-up founders from around Australia. This series celebrates the breadth, depth and diversity of Australian deep tech founders, and challenges the stereotypes of who gets to build a game changing global business.
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Exploring the Vast Landscape of Smart Sensing: From IoT to Quantum Sensors and beyond

September 1st, 2023
In this article, written for the NSW Smart Sensing Network’s The Sensor newsletter, Cicada’s Hebbat Manhy shares her thoughts on the evolving world of smart sensing.
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Cicada Spotlight: Alexander Ryan, VXB Aerospace

August 4th, 2023
Get to know Cicada resident and graduate from the National Space Industry Hub Fast Start Program 2023, Alexander Ryan founder and CEO of VXB Aerospace. VXB is producing leading-edge electric propulsion systems using novel AI powered inverse design methods, state-of-the art simulation, and in-house manufacturing.
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Cicada Spotlight: Will Jeremijenko

April 20th, 2023
Will Jeremijenko is paving the way for the future of wireless energy-transmission with his company Aquila Earth. This week, we sat down with Will to learn more about his journey as a CEO in the space industry and his work and plans for Aquila Earth going forward.
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Celebrating 1 year of success of the National Space Industry Hub

March 8th, 2023
In May 2023, National Space Industry Hub turned one! Like any proud parent, we threw a party, invited 170 of our friends, and glowed with pride over the progress that has been made by our community and the sector over the past 12 months. Read the full blog for a recap of a fantastic night of collaboration, reflections and insights.
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23 is our magic number

January 24th, 2023
This year, the stars are aligning. It's Cicada Innovations 23rd birthday. It's the year 2023. And we've just announced our custodianship of the long-running event Tech23. 23 is our magic number.
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Cicada Spotlight: Dav Sangar

CancerAid is empowering people and organisations impacted by cancer through it's first-to-market, empathy-first support programs. This month, we had the opportunity to chat with their Head of Clinical Product, Dr Dav Sangar and deep dived into her insights on CancerAid's mission, her career transition from traditional medicine to digital health, and her experience across the UK, US, and Australian healthcare ecosystems.
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