TWISTA explores the potential of Australia’s new government with VCs Anne-Marie Elias (CEO, Beckon Capital) and Phil Morle (Partner, Main Sequence Ventures) – and the policy needs of a nation that requires an innovation mindset at every level. Plus: Inflationary pressures and two more WORLDCHANGING startups – SLURRYTUB and Samsara Eco!
TWISTA sits down with Main Sequence GP Mike Nicholls and Spark Festival Director Maxine Sherrin to discuss the profusion of hubs and funds; Canva, Australia’s latest unicorn startup; and the crash and burn of Zoox’ CEO.
Australia has an incredible tradition of innovation – typified by the CSIRO, which gave us WiFi, plastic banknotes, one of the best modern lifestyle diets, and much more besides. The CSIRO is an engine for the nation’s science – but too often science misses the opportunity to commercialise its innovations for the benefits of the innovators – and the nation.
The new Main Sequence VC fund – backed by CSIRO and the Australian Federal Government – looks to change that by identifying the scientists with the ‘spark’ that would make them great entrepreneurs. TWISTA sits down with Main Sequence general partner Mike Nicholls for a tour through Australia’s “deep tech” investment landscape – and how it could well lead to a new generation of fundamental breakthroughs!
In a new segment profiling all of Australia’s many incubators and accelerators, we speak to SBE Australia’s Sue Hogan about their E3 program for entrepreneurs.
To learn more about SBE Australia or their E3 program, click here.