Startup Battery Materials Sicona Charges $22 Million Series A

Battery materials startup Sicona Battery Technologies has raised AU$22 million in a Series A for its plans in Australia and the US. The round was led by India’s Himadri Specialty Chemical Ltd, Australia’s VC Artesian and Electrification & Decarbonization AIE LP, a fund managed by Waratah Capital, along with Riverstone Ventures, Chaos Ventures, Investible Climate … Read more

Competing in the US: Insights for Australian startups from US investors

The US venture capital market has always been important to Australian founders who have had global aspirations from day one or are currently considering expansion into the technology-rich, densely populated and innovative market. As experienced early-stage Australian investors, we monitor the market closely and ensure we maintain relationships in the region to support our founders … Read more

Canva is throwing $74 million at app developers for its design platform

Canva is establishing a US$50 million (A$74) innovation fund to support app developers in creating new experiences for the design platform. The Canva Developers Innovation Fund was announced at the company’s first developer conference, Expand Canvastoday in San Francisco. The 10-year-old software giant has also released the Canva Apps SDK (Software Development Kit) for public … Read more

Registrations for the Startup Daily Best in Tech Awards are open

Startup Daily has launched the inaugural 2023 Startup Daily Best in Tech Awards, a flagship celebration of the Australian tech startup and scaleup community to recognize the best and brightest people and ideas in the Australian tech ecosystem, with entries across 10 categories be opened today. Startup Daily has been Australia’s leading digital publisher of … Read more

How the founders scaled a movement

If Dry July enters his 15e year, co-founder Brett Macdonald tells Startup Daily about the early days, how the movement grew to raise $82 million for more than 80 cancer organizations across Australia – and where it’s going. It started in 2007 in a small garage in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. British expats Brett … Read more

Apple’s new VR headset, Vision Pro, hasn’t thrilled the crowd, but for now, that’s not the goal

Apple’s new Vision Pro mixed reality headset has caused quite a stir. Announcement on this year Global Developers Conferencechef says Tim Kok the virtual and augmented reality headset does allow users “See, hear and interact with digital content just as if it were in your physical space […] seamless blending of the real and virtual … Read more

Broadband traffic analytics startup Canopus Networks completes Series A with $4.5M to improve gaming slowdowns

Sydney broadband network analytics firm Canopus Networks, which helps telecommunications providers deliver lag-free, low-latency gaming, has raised a further $3 million (AU$4.5 million) in its Series A to bring the round’s total value to $10, 6 million (A$15.7 million). The final round was led by US VC Convoy Ventures, a gaming industry-focused investor. Managing Partner … Read more

Veteran technical director Cass O’Connor becomes chairman of Airtasker after investor James Spenceley steps down to focus on humanitarian work

ASX-listed job marketplace Airtasker will get its first female board leader next month with Cass O’Connor as chairman, as James Spenceley leaves after eight years. Spenceley, the founder of telco Vocus, is a prolific VC investor and Councilor of North Sydney and more recently established humanitarian organization Aus Ukraine aidwas a seed investor in Airtasker … Read more