Discover how Cicada Innovations help deep tech ventures grow

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Discover how Cicada Innovations help deep tech ventures grow

Building a science and engineering-based company is uniquely challenging. Deep technology is proprietary or hard to reproduce and built off the back of highly complex scientific research. It requires lengthy research and development, is often tightly regulated and demands large and long-term investment.

Deep tech ventures need specialised facilities and equipment, technical training, and ongoing support while they find a pathway to commercial success.

Cicada Innovations is the home of deep tech in Australia, providing full life-cycle support for Australia’s most ambitious startups as they discover solutions to the world’s most pressing problems – right here in Tech Central.

Over 21 years, Cicada Innovations have

  • Supported 300+ startups that have:
    • Raised over $900 million
    • $1.2 billion in IPOs and trade sales
    • 700+ patents and trademarks filed
    • Created thousands of deep tech jobs
  • Twice been awarded 'Top Incubator in the World' by InBIA
  • Delivered commercialisation training to thousands working in science & technology

Cicada Innovations supports deep tech ventures to commercialise and grow their businesses by offering:

  • A unique environment for innovation, with purpose-built laboratories, prototyping facilities, and flexible offices.
  • Flexible, custom spaces that adapt to each venture's needs as they grow.
  • A tight- knit community of brilliant minds who offer advice, connections and support.
  • A team of experts for support. From respected industry mentors, subject matter experts, investors and coaches.
  • Connection of value. As Australia’s home for deep tech they regularly have policymakers, researchers, industry partners and investors passing through looking to connect with innovative ventures.
  • Cicada is a long-term resident of what is now Tech Central and has been helping the NSW innovation ecosystem to flourish for over 21 years. The pioneering incubator is located inside a heritage steam-engine workshop in Eveleigh. Once a historic site from the last industrial revolution, Cicada’s space is now dedicated to igniting the current tech boom.

    Being part of Tech Central underpins Cicada’s mission to make Australia a world leader in innovation while developing the advanced science needed to create a more sustainable and prosperous future for everyone.

    Since its launch in 2000, Cicada has created hundreds of success stories. Residents and alumni include some of Australia’s most successful deep tech and tech startups: Bugcrowd, CancerAid, Clarity Pharmaceuticals, Edrolo, ezycollect, Gelion, Loop+, Morse Micro, Perx, Presien, Propeller, Pure Commerce, Regrow, SpeeDx, Sustinent and UpGuard.

    Fun facts – Mike Cannon-Brookes started his first business from Cicada and Startmate – Australia’s leading accelerator – was born at Cicada!

    Cicada believes that Tech Central and its residents are at the confluence of the innovation ecosystem and that it is a place for the next generation of Australian innovators building deep tech and technology-enabled businesses to convene, collaborate, and succeed together.

    This is just the beginning. For more information, read Cicada Innovation’s Deep Tech Impact Report or visit their website to learn more.

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