Industry Engagement

Connecting Industry with Innovation

Cicada Innovations’ industry engagement program enables invited participants to tap into our curated community of entrepreneurs and explore how up-and-coming startups and research initiatives can make a difference to their companies and the synergies that can be exploited for mutual benefit. Cicada and our portfolio companies receive the benefit of your industry insights into potential market applications, connections, product development strategies and manufacturing challenges.

The aim of the program is to increase the quantity and quality of collaboration between industry, research and startups, utilising the world-class research that comes out of our institutions to help shape our future industries and generate economic prosperity.

The Format

Industry partners for 2017 calendar year have a choice of three tiers, depending on the needs of their organisation and preferences. Each industry participant will make a financial contribution to the program. This money will be used to run the program, monthly networking events and contribute to the annual Nobel-style award ceremony in December 2017.

Please note there are limited places for the Gold and Silver tier.

Technology Scouting

For gold partners we will organise an industry day based on a brief detailing:

  • the types of technologies you are interested in
  • how prospective collaborators can expect to work with gold industry partners

Based on the outlined brief, 10-12 start-ups/researchers will be invited to the industry day to present their projects and discuss potential collaboration.

Prospective technologies will be sourced from Cicada Innovations’ portfolio, research projects from partner institutions and shareholder universities and our vast network within the Australian start-up ecosystem.

Assessment criteria for prospective silver and gold partners

Synergies for corporates, start-ups and research through collaboration can be substantial and mutually beneficial for all parties involved. As a business incubator, we have seen the benefits collaboration with industry can have for
our portfolio start-ups and our university shareholder researchers through for example, partnerships, corporate investment and co-development.

Successful collaborations have come from corporates that prioritise innovation. These corporates tend to have the organisational characteristics we seek for silver and gold partners for 2017. These characteristics are:

  • 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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