Cicada Innovations’ Industry Engagement Program

Facilitating Collaboration Between Industry and Deep Technology Entrepreneurs

Partnering with Cicada Innovations enables you to get visibility of the latest science based innovations and global trends impacting your industry while supporting and building a profile within the deep tech community in Australia. It enables you to connect with entrepreneurs and innovators and form partnerships in order to leverage the game-changing technologies that are shaping tomorrow’s marketplaces.

Make a Difference

Cicada Innovations’ community of 70+ high growth start-ups and scale ups and hackers reside campus style in the incubator located in the Australian Technology Park. In addition, we have connections into research from public research institutes, including but not limited to, our four university shareholders –  USYD, UNSW, UTS and ANU.

Cicada Innovations is industry agnostic – linking and spanning innovative and disruptive technologies across numerous verticals such as medTech, engineering & robotics, big data, AI, and agTech.

Within the incubator, Cicada Innovations currently runs two commercialisation and accelerator programs that create and validate businesses before joining the incubator for longer term support:

  1. Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program: designed to accelerate commercialisation of medical technologies to bring lifesaving healthcare innovations to patients, hospitals and governments around the world.
  2. Growlab: bringing Australian agriculture and food technologies to the world. By supporting deep tech founders covering the entire value chain we help build new businesses built on biotechnologies, remote sensing, new food processing techniques and faster, better approaches to research and development.

Cicada Innovations’ industry engagement program enables invited participants to tap into our curated community of innovators and entrepreneurs as well as our programs. It allows you to explore interesting cutting edge technologies and develop synergies for mutual benefit.

How Does it Work?

Industry partners have a choice of two tiers – Partner or Gold Partner, depending on your needs and preferences. Each industry participant will make a financial contribution to the program.


Assessment criteria for prospective partners

Synergies for corporates, start-ups and research through collaboration can be substantial and mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

Successful collaborations have come from corporates that prioritise innovation. These corporates tend to have these organisational characteristics:

  • an innovation team and leadership buy-in
  • clear pathways for externally developed start-ups/research to progress through the organisation
  • ideas around areas of interest the organisation would like to explore
  • the ability to have an active presence in Cicada Innovations’ community, for example attending monthly networking drinks and working onsite.

Industry Partners 2017

Next Steps and Program Deadline

If you’re interested in participating in 2018, or would like more information please get in touch, places are limited. We will be looking for one industry partner per vertical per tier and will work on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please contact Arjan Goudsblom via email


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