Connecting our network of deep tech founder alumni with our current generation of founders and CEOs.

Our Founder Fellows are deep tech innovators, founders, entrepreneurs and business builders, who together have a proven track record of growing and scaling impactful deep technology companies.

We know that deep tech startups developing transformational technologies require time, domain expertise, talent and capital to scale and inevitability encounter unique challenges along the way. That’s why we’ve brought our network of Founder Fellows together to help. No one knows the personal journey of a tech entrepreneur better than another founder who has done it all before.

Our Founder Fellows will personally give guidance and take an emotional investment in your success. Both parties are responsible for nurturing the relationship, and really listening, without being defensive, to advice given. From building businesses in wireless technologies, renewable energies, life sciences, agrifoodtech and robotics, their expertise, experience, insight and perspective will make the difference for our current generation of Founders at Cicada.

In addition to the dedicated business support from the Cicada Innovations team, Cicada’s Founders program provides an exclusive opportunity for our upcoming startup founders and CEOs that are entering the incubator to tap into our unique Founder Fellow network.  


Meet our Founder Fellows

Our Founder Fellows are alumni entrepreneurs who are successfully running a deep tech business externally. These alumni are from Cicada’s extensive alumni network, established in 2000. Founder Fellows are also selected from successful scale ups currently residing within Cicada Innovations that are now in a position to “Pay It Forward” and give back to support new startup founders. These Founder Fellows have been invited by Cicada into this exclusive group and have offered their personal time to work with hands-on with the startups selected to be part of the program.

Bill Clasquin
Director & CTO

John MacPhillamy
CFO, General Counsel & Executive Director

Maureen Murphy
Founder & Commercialisation Adviser

Alex Brooks
Co-Founder & Director
Marathon Targets


Neil Weste
VP Engineering
Morse Micro

Victor Skladnev
Founder & CEO

Duncan Veal
Founder & Commercialisation Adviser
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Interested in being a Founder Fellow?

The Cicada Founders Program is a pilot. As the program expands, we’ll need more Founder Fellows to help. Invitations to join the program will be on an ongoing and as needs basis.

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