Connecting for Strategic Business Growth
Our agri-innovation divison: AgriStart
AgriStart enables businesses to innovate and grow faster. We specialise in agrifood and agtech innovation programs.
We provide expert advice and industry connections that fuel growth. Click here to go to the AgriStart website to find out more.
HARVEST is WA’s leading business development program for start-ups and SMEs looking to innovate in the agrifood industry. Over the last 3 years, HARVEST programs have had more than 35 graduates and successfully delivered new connections, partners, customers, and investment opportunities to participants, while also supporting collaboration across the agrifood industry in WA. Find out more about HARVEST here.
evokeAG Startup Network
The evokeAG. Startup Network aims to build the networks and capability of Australian agrifood startups to support adoption of new technologies on farm.
Up to 10 successful participants will receive mentorship from industry experts, attend face-to-face workshops, a showcase pitch event and networking dinner in the heart of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW, the home of AgriFutures Australia.
- Travel reimbursement up to $1,000 to attend the public event in Wagga Wagga, NSW
- Featured in the evokeAG. Startup Directory
- Feature in the evokeAG. Network, including a highlight article and podcast
- Mentorship from growers and industry professionals
- Top three grower’s choice recipients will receive a professionally produced pitch video, filmed on-farm, showcasing their agrifood innovation and how they can offer return on investment for their customers.
Applications close 17th May 2021. Click here for more information.
Latitude 28 Produce is advancing the uptake, trust in and high regard for authentic, quality Australian produce through their ground-breaking new technologies. Latitude 28 completed the HARVEST program in 2018 and became one of the first businesses to provide a blockchain tracking solution to beef, and have gone on to execute their direct-to-consumer strategy to Hong Kong, China and Australia, and have have raised a significant amount of capital.
Director James Williamson believes HARVEST helped them to focus on the business in detail with all its moving parts and determine which areas to focus on that were important to external interested stakeholder and potential investors. Harvest fast-tracked the connections they needed to service providers such as legal experts, industry bodies, and government agencies many of which we have ongoing relationships with. The free support and individual attention received from supply partners, government and industry bodies would not have been possible without HARVEST.
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Innovation Cluster’s Peter Rossdeutcher and Natasha Teakle led and facilitated Western Power’s energy self-sufficiency event that rallied some of the brightest local minds to imagine a blueprint of a future smart city, concepts from which were then fed into Western Australia’s first Energy Self-Sufficiency Hackathon in Perth. Speakers included Western Power Senior Executives Fiona Bishop and Matt Cheney, Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington, Sunrise Energy Director Neil Canby.
Supporting collaboration between academia and industry
Innovation Cluster was awarded a contract with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) to facilitate the Science Industry PhD Fellowship program. The program encourages linkages between researchers and industry, adds value to the PhD experience and strengthens research impact in economic high growth areas, such as life sciences, cyber security, automation, including robotics and artificial intelligence, new energy industries, and data science.
Our role was to play ‘match maker’ between high quality PhD researchers and industry projects requiring research expertise. We matched 59 applications and the top 23 were selected for the program. Each project received $30,000 stipend towards the PhD project with support from both industry and academic supervisors. IC is also delivering a professional development program for the 23 fellows that focuses on project management, commercialisation, presenting, networking and career development.
Photo: University of WA. Round two JTSI fellowship recipients with Chief Scientist of Western Australia Professor Peter Klinken AC
Start Something was founded in 2015 by Innovation Cluster and engaged over 308 researchers as a platform to connect industry and research whilst stimulating and guiding first steps for as many researchers as possible to create the robust network of pathways and linkages needed to accelerate broad commercialisation of the State’s world class research.
Photo: University of WA. Karina Price won a mentoring voucher with IC as part of Start Something. R: Mark Stickells, former Director of Industry Engagement at UWA