New defence-innovation agency helps Adelaide AI spinoff enter US market


Fivecast is a scaleup Australian technology company that is winning contracts at the heart of America’s huge defence and national security community. Fivecast has gained strategic new clients in the US less than two years after setting up in Washington.

The company’s success highlights fast-growing opportunities for Australian tech in the US. It shows:

  • How a US Department of Defense (DoD) organisation, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), lowers the barriers to entry and accelerates commercial technology to the DoD.
  • How Austrade can help Australian technology startups and scaleups to make contacts in the US and demonstrate their capabilities to US agencies.

Today, a major US national security contract is powering world-class cyber tech development in Adelaide. Employee headcount has risen from 17 to 50 since mid-2019, and another small Australian tech company is quickly going global.

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