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October 2023

Welcome from the CSIRO SME team

Open programs – apply now!

Applications for RISE Accelerator program opening soon!

The India Australia Rapid Innovation and Startup Expansion (RISE) Accelerator program will be commencing cohort 1 in early 2024. Delivered in partnership with CSIRO and Atal Innovation Mission and NITI Aayog, RISE is purpose-built to help Indian and Australian late stage startups and SMEs with mature cutting-edge technology to fast-track their cross-border impact. A call for applications will be coming soon.

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A big congratulations to our SME Connect alumni companies who have made The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators list, among those reshaping Australia’s economy and leading it into the future:

Gilmour Space Technologies
Quantum Brilliance
Regrow Ag

SME alumni in the spotlight

Ochre Sun

Meet Ochre Sun – where ancient wisdom meets modern skincare.

Founded by proud Waanyi Kalkatungu woman, Alana Kennedy, Ochre Sun’s sunscreen formulas are a tribute to traditional knowledge. Supported by the Kick-Start program, Ochre Sun is collaborating with CSIRO experts to unlock the therapeutic secrets of native plants and crafting advanced extraction techniques.

Eyes of AI

Eyes of AI secures multiple accolades at prestigious national iAwards

Eyes of AI and CSIRO’s Data61 have secured multiple awards at the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) prestigious national iAwards ceremony for the AI-driven dental and medical imaging technology they developed.

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The CSIRO SME Team are here to help

  • Looking to work with CSIRO researchers on your R&D project? Kick-Start might be for you!
  • Not sure where to start? Contact us. There’s a friendly facilitator who can help.