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6 12, 2018

University accelerator sees startups smash $50m milestone 

By |2018-12-06T08:40:52+00:00December 6th, 2018|Accelerator/incubator, Australia, Impact|0 Comments

The University of Queensland has cemented its position as a leading launchpad for entrepreneurs and a magnet for major investors, with startups from its ilab programs attracting more than $57 million. UQ offers a range of hands-on programs, including its Germinate accelerator, that give budding founders the skills, connections and seed funding to create a startup and to turn early-stage [...]

12 11, 2018

The University of Queensland’s ilab smashes $56 million investment in startups –

By |2018-11-12T10:58:29+00:00November 12th, 2018|Australia, Venture Capital|0 Comments

The University of Queensland (UQ) has cemented its position as a leading launchpad for entrepreneurs and a magnet for major investors, with startups from its ilab programs attracting more than $57 million. UQ offers a range of hands-on programs, including its Germinate accelerator, that give budding founders the skills, connections and seed funding to create [...]

24 08, 2018

University of Queensland biotech startup NexGen Plants bags $3 million 

By |2018-08-24T06:37:41+00:00August 24th, 2018|Australia|0 Comments

Schenk tells StartupSmart the technology poses an alternative to genetically modified produce, allowing for cross-breeding of plants to introduce desirable traits by adding only the genome that’s required for that trait. There are big parts of certain plants’ genomes that are “hidden treasures”, Schenk says, and by extracting those genomes and placing them into other plants, the [...]

17 07, 2018

Three new government-supported accelerators to boost Victorian startups 

By |2018-07-17T08:38:27+00:00July 17th, 2018|Australia, State or Government|0 Comments

More than 170 Victorian startups will benefit from a $13.45 million investment by the state government to establish three new startup accelerators. As part of the LaunchVic funding round, two Australian teams – SBE Australia and Skalata Ventures – will establish and operate accelerator programs exclusive to Victoria. Techstars, an international organisation, is also in the early stages [...]

13 06, 2018

​Advance Queensland innovation fund gets AU$73m Budget boos

By |2018-06-13T06:18:13+00:00June 13th, 2018|Australia, Corporate|0 Comments

The Queensland government has handed down its 2018-19 Budget, with jobs and innovation once again a focus for the state. The state's innovation fund Advance Queensland, launched three years ago during the 2015-16 Budget, will be receiving a further AU$73 million over four years, bringing the total kitty to AU$650 million. Specifically, the new cash injection [...]

10 05, 2018

Penn State-Monash collaboration progresses, seeks proposals for seed funding

By |2018-05-10T15:37:03+00:00May 10th, 2018|Australia, Pennsylvania|0 Comments

The Monash-Penn State partnership began in the early 1990s and has since evolved to an institutional level. The collaboration now includes strategic work on common areas of research to better leverage the capabilities of both universities. “Penn State and Monash have committed to a strategic partnership focusing on teaching, research and service, using the complementary [...]

7 12, 2017

IBM and University of Melbourne present seizure prediction system through POC project 

By |2017-12-07T14:37:24+00:00December 7th, 2017|Australia, Corporate, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

Researchers from IBM and the University of Melbourne have developed a proof-of-concept seizure forecasting system that predicted an average of 69 percent of seizures across 10 epilepsy patients in a dataset. The system, which the scientists claim is "fully automated, patient-specific, and tunable to an individual's needs", uses a combination of deep-learning algorithms and a [...]

11 09, 2017

Swinburne University and IIM announce graphene smart composites project

By |2017-09-11T13:14:28+00:00September 11th, 2017|Australia, Corporate, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

Imagine Intelligent Materials and Swinburne University have announced a collaborative six-month project aiming to develop graphene-reinforced smart composites. The composite will be able to report on the condition of large structures, and will have major commercial potential in the transport sector, including automotive and aerospace. The project is supported by a $20,000 Seed grant from the university [...]

6 09, 2017

Airtree and Blackbird Ventures back Sydney University AI mining exploration platform 

By |2017-09-06T12:38:27+00:00September 6th, 2017|Australia, New Investments/Awards, Venture Capital|0 Comments

Two of Australia's largest technology venture capital funds have backed a seed round for EARTH AI, a start-up that uses artificial intelligence to help mining firms find resources. Airtree and Blackbird Ventures are both looking to get in at the ground floor of the mineral exploration platform in a $500,000 round, which is smaller than the [...]