Dedicated to identifying the most promising research from universities across New Zealand and Australia, forming a company around it, investing in it, and commercialising it is Powerhouse Ventures.
Bionic Vision Technologies a company working to create a ‘bionic eye’, has raised $23.5 million China Huarong International Holdings and State Path Capital.
The government has launched the Biomedical Translation Fund, a $500 million fund that will help commercialise biomedical discoveries.
The government has launched the CSIRO Innovation Fund, a $200 million fund that will look to commercialise research generated at the organisation and other publicly-funded bodies.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has finally made changes to Australian commercial drone laws and as of tomorrow people will be able to fly drones in commercial situations without a license. The relaxing of these regulations coincides with Sydney drone startup Propeller Aero raising US$3.1 million to become one of the first startups to take advantage of these new laws.
Just a few days after Australia fell two places down the Global Innovation Index to 19th, new Minister for Innovation Greg Hunt has discussed the creation of a new federal fund to help spur innovation in businesses worth between $20 million and $200 million.
The NSW Government has announced $25 million in funding for the establishment of a Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, a joint venture between NSW universities and TAFE NSW.
The University of Melbourne and Monash University have entered into a collaboration to launch M2 Venture Catalyst, an $80 million project that will look to commercialise the universities’ biomedical research through the provision of the necessary skills and funding.