Digital Diatom is excited to announce that we have received funding from OCE’s SmartStart Seed Fund for development and enhancement of our flagship product, Emergence. This will assist us in taking Emergence from its alpha version to beta launch, and facilitating numerous technological enhancements of the product. We will largely be focussing on sound, interface enhancement and the writing of many new genes to enhance biological diversity within the simulation. Currently, our team is busy working on minor changes to the Emergence and getting ready for closed alpha testing. The feedback generated from testing will be used to modify and enhance user experience in preparation for a round of public alpha access.