Category Archives: News

  1. Announcing Melbourne & Sydney Rapid Fire Round Finalists

    Photo of Melbourne Rapid Fire Rounds contestants and mentors, 2019.

    We’re so excited to introduce you to the stellar Sydney and Melbourne Rapid Fire Round finalist entrepreneurs who are working hard to bring health innovation to people around the world!

  2. Gala Finals tickets now available!

    Photo of startups winning People's Choice award at MedTech's Got Talent Gala Finals

    Book now for the MedTech’s Got Talent Challenge Gala Finals! Don’t miss being a part of Australia’s largest and longest running HealthTech entrepreneurship competition, now expanding across Asia Pacific.

  3. Introducing Wickens Medical Technologies!

    Photo of Tom Logan (left) and Zak Landers (right) from Wickens Medical Technologies and new mentor Brody Payne (center) from Outerspace Design at Melbourne Rapid Fire Rounds 2019.

    Zak Landers and Tom Logan from Wickens Medical Technologies are passionate about improving quality of life with transformative technology. They’re on a mission to help people recover faster from knee injury, with real-time gyroscopic and sensor-based movement mapping and feedback.

  4. Eleven promising HealthTech companies receive seed funding, training and mentoring from The MedTech Actuator’s 15-month venture-backed Seed to Series A accelerator

    The MedTech Actuator have announced the eleven high-impact HealthTech startups that will form the fourth cohort of the MedTech Actuator accelerator program: Data Dissect, NIRAF, Walk to Beat, Goldilocks Suit, Neev Labs, Form-i-Baby, Neuromersiv, Philia Labs, SidelinesDr, Soterius and Ventora Medical. The MedTech Actuator’s fourth cohort of companies will take part in a rigorous industry-led 15-month program which accelerates technology development, builds out team capability and provides the skills and knowledge for entrepreneurial success. Along with training, mentoring and connectivity to 75+ local and global partners, the program provides a structured pathway to $3million+ Seed to Series A investment, with venture partners Artesian.

  5. Case study: MedTech startups have talent

    Photo of Victorian Minister for Jobs, Trade, Innovation, Sport, Tourism, Major Events & Racing Hon. Martin Pakula MP opening The MedTech Actuator's 2019 Showcase in Melbourne.

    In a new MTPConnect case study, Luke Fay from Artesian Ventures says that the MedTech Actuator, in collaboration with Artesian, is an outstanding example of what Australian innovation can be when the model is tailored, and the right players, partners and collaborators are brought together through the correct incentives and ‘industry pull’.

  6. See startups battle it out in Rapid Fire Rounds

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    Witness HealthTech entrepreneurs, with just 60 seconds to pitch, compete for a place in the MedTech’s Got Talent Challenge Gala Finals.

  7. First sprint for new MedTech startups

    Photo of MedTech Actuator Accelerator Program cohort four at their first sprint in September, 2019.

    We were thrilled to kickoff our first national sprint this week with our fourth MedTech Actuator Accelerator Program cohort in Melbourne.

  8. MedTech’s Got Talent is coming to India!

    Image of text over purple sky: "Applications now open! MedTech's Got Talent India"

    Applications are now open for the first ever MedTech’s Got Talent Challenge India! Entrepreneurs in India will be mentored by industry leaders in pitching, developing and commercialising their innovations and will have the chance to compete in Melbourne for a stake in AUD$50k cash prizes.

  9. Learning the art of entrepreneurship

    Photo of children working together to build a marshmallow tower.

    Who loves marshmallows? We sure do – and so do the 127 children who recently caught up with our CEO, Dr Buzz Palmer to learn the art of entrepreneurship and creativity.

  10. Power the next wave of health innovation

    Photo of startups Stelect and Navi winning the People's Choice Award at MedTech's Got Talent Gala Finals in 2017.

    Power the next wave of health innovation by sponsoring the MedTech’s Got Talent Challenge – Australia’s largest and longest running HealthTech entrepreneurship competition.

  11. Have You Got What It Takes? Actuator Accelerator Applications For Round 3 (Feb 2019 Intake) Now Open!

    APPLICATIONS FOR THE ACTUATOR FEBRUARY 2019 COHORT ARE NOW OPEN! SUMMARY: Calling MedTech entrepreneurs around Australia – applications for Round 3 of The Actuator Accelerator are now open! Up to 10 promising startups will be accepted into the rigorous 15-month technology and entrepreneurial skill development program. Along with intensive mentorship and industry collaboration, the program…

  12. Funding a new generation of Victorian hospital-based medtech entrepreneurs

    Summary: 7 Victorian hospitals (including regional) can now participate in a proven national medical technology accelerator. Opens the door for healthcare professionals to become medtech entrepreneurs. Provides a new angel investment platform for healthcare professionals to invest and provide professional clinical advice. Offers participating hospitals and patients access to new innovative medical technologies   Melbourne,…

  13. Eight promising medtech companies receive seed funding, training and mentoring from venture-backed national accelerator: The Actuator – Australia’s National Medtech Catalyst

    Summary: The Actuator are thrilled to announce the eight high-impact medtech startups that are part of the 2018 Round 2 Actuator Accelerator program: TerraBlue XT, Curatek, Stelect, Augmented Bionics, ElectroAutoMedics, Flomatrix, Hexagon Innovation and Lenexa Medical. The Actuator’s second cohort of companies will be put through their paces in a rigorous industry-led 15-month program, which will…

  14. Female-led startup commercialising novel stent size selection device takes out the top prize in MedTech’s Got Talent

    Summary: Stelect, a female-led, Victorian startup commercialising a novel coronary stent size selection device, has taken out the top prize for the 4th cohort of MedTech’s Got Talent. STC Australia and The Actuator are excited to announce that the $40,000 top prize for MedTech’s Got Talent has been awarded to Fay Gibson, Elise Sutherland, Elizabeth…

  15. Life Sciences 4.0: Securing value through data-driven platforms

    Life sciences companies at risk of falling behind technology competitors in race to address evolving consumer demands New EY report looks at effect of consumerism and affordability on the life sciences industry  More than 75% of life sciences Fortune 500 companies may fall out of ranking by 2023, due to increasing competition and industry convergence…

  16. Have You Got What It Takes? Actuator Accelerator Applications For Round 2, 2018 Now Open!

    APPLICATIONS FOR THE ACTUATOR JULY COHORT ARE NOW OPEN! Utilising a 15-month focused industry-led curriculum, The Actuator Accelerator Program will take Seed ventures to Series A investment; leading into clinical trials, advanced manufacturing, and at-scale technology deployment. Through intensive mentorship, industry collaboration, and value-network support, our startups can achieve in 15 months what can typically…


    A higher risk tolerance for investment in the ‘deep tech startup’ space and fragmentation across the sector must be addressed if Australian MedTech is to be taken seriously on the world stage according to a new MedTech Discussion Paper launched today. The paper, launched by The Honourable Matt Kean MP, Minister for Innovation and Better…

  18. Have You Got What It Takes? Actuator Accelerator Applications For Round 1, 2018 Now Open!

    ABOUT THE ACTUATOR The first of its kind, The Actuator is a deeply collaborative national program that gives promising early-stage medical technology companies an accelerated pathway to $2.7 million of funding, capitalising on Australia’s strengths in medical research, healthcare, clinical trials and advanced manufacturing. We’re about real markets, real needs, real healthcare and real experts….

  19. Taking Medtech All The Way To Silicon Valley

    Meet the Melbourne clinicians reading brain signals to help the paralysed move A minimally-invasive technology that transmits brain signals to wheelchairs, bionic arms or other devices could help those with amputations, paralysis or multiple sclerosis to move again. Called the stentrode, the device can be delivered via a blood vessel in the neck—meaning patients don’t…

  20. The Actuator Accelerator Has Launched!

    Reading brain signals to help the paralysed move and more—The Actuator taking Australia’s promising medical technologies to market Australian medtech start-ups will each have access to up to $4 million under a national program launched today. The Actuator brings together leading players from across Australia’s medical technology innovation ecosystem, and is the first in a…