Agrifood Innovation

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.  

Latest News

Celebrate World Entrepreneurs’ Day with us and network, learn, and be inspired by the trailblazers who are shaping the future of agriculture with their groundbreaking ideas and innovations at this year’s HARVEST Agtech Innovation Showcase & Pitch Night on Wednesday 21st August. Book your free ticket now.

Food and beverage manufactures wanting to scale up production or trial innovative products check out the new food manufacturing facility in the Peel region:

Congratulations to our 2024 HARVEST Cohort!
2024 Cohort Announcement


Tash caught up with Grey Johnston, CSBP Advice, Insights & Marketing Manager, to give insight into how our programs are connecting researchers and tech start-ups with growers to trial innovations, putting technology and data in the hands of farmers and, ultimately, reduce costs, improve yield and make life easier on the farm.

Current Programs

HARVEST is WA’s leading business development program for start-ups and SMEs looking to innovate in the agrifood and Agtech industries. Over the last 7 years, HARVEST programs have had more than 70 graduates and successfully delivered new connections, partners, customers, and investment opportunities to participants, while also supporting collaboration across the industry in WA.

Agristart’s HARVEST Accelerator is supported by  Grains Research and Development Corporation, The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Agrifutures Australia, Wrays and CSBP Fertilisers.

Key Dates for HARVEST 2024:

  • Applications open: Wednesday 14 Feb
  • Applications close: Wednesday 20 March
  • Two-day bootcamp: Monday 22 April & Tuesday 23 April
  • Masterclass 1: Tuesday 7 May
  • Masterclass 2: Tuesday 21 May
  • Masterclass 3 and Site Visit: Tuesday 4 June
  • Masterclass 4: Tuesday 18 June
  • Masterclass 5: Tuesday 23 July
  • Program debrief for cohort: Tuesday 27 August
  • Showcase event: Wednesday 21 August

For queries please contact [email protected]

South West Investor Tour

As part of the evokeAg conference being held in Perth, a tour to the southwest of WA will provide a unique opportunity to showcase talent to interstate and international investors.

This tour will connect Agtech start-ups to investors, in an immersive tour of the beautiful Margaret River wine region.


Submit an Expression of Interest now if you are:

  • An agtech start-up looking for investment
  • An interstate or international investor
  • A producer
  • Otherwise engaged in the agtech investor eco-system.

Tour Highlights

  • Depart Perth 9am Sunday 18th February
  • Tours of innovative and sustainable agtech businesses
  • Opportunity for sightseeing and enjoying the southwest region
  • A networking dinner with South West Angels at the end of the spectacular Busselton Jetty
  • A Strategic Investment workshop
  • Return to Perth 4.30pm Monday 19th February

For queries please contact [email protected]

Previous Programs

WA Agtech Delegation to attend Singapore International Agrifood Week (SIAW) 30th October – 2nd November 2023

This opportunity was open to West Australian agrifood and agtech startup businesses looking for connections in Singapore.  Up to 8 were selected for the delegation, with a minimum of 4 places reserved for previous participants of the AgriStart HARVEST program.

Successful recipients received:

  • $2000 travel voucher to contribute to travel costs for attending SIAW.
  • Curated introductions and meetings organised with Singapore based researchers, investors, government, consumer groups and other relevant connections depending on needs of each business.
  • Free ticket to the Agri-Food Tech Expo and access to the WA stand.

EOIs opened on Monday 28th August 2023 and closed at 5pm AWST on Monday 4th September 2023.

For further details please contact [email protected]

evokeAG Startup Network

Held in 2021 and 2022, the evokeAG. Startup Network aimed to build the networks and capability of Australian agrifood startups to support adoption of new technologies on farms. 


Each year, up to 10 successful participants received mentorship from industry experts, attended 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.
They also received

  • Travel reimbursement up to $1,000 to attend the public event in Wagga Wagga, NSW 
  • Featured in the evokeAG. Startup Directory 
  • Featured in the evokeAG. Network, including a highlight article and podcast 
  • Mentorship from growers and industry professionals
  • Top three grower’s choice recipients received a professionally produced pitch video, filmed on-farm, showcasing their agrifood innovation and how they can offer return on investment for their customers. 

Click here for more information.

Future Works

On 1 September 2020, the Australian Government, as part of the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the Local Jobs Program in 25 Employment Regions. 

In support of this, Rural Enterprises Australia, in conjunction with Agristart, created an LJP program called Future Works, which was completed in June 2022.  This was supported by funding from the Australian Government through the Local Jobs Program, and was designed to address the key labour shortage experienced in the primary industries sector in the South West WA. 

The objective of the Future Works program was to increase local employment opportunities for local job seekers and equip Participants with knowledge, skills and confidence for sustained employment in the industry.  The Future Works program ensured a targeted approach to increasing the knowledge and understanding of the diversity of careers available in the primary industry of Agriculture, particularly Horticulture and Viticulture.  This was achieved through:

  • Field Trips to four local employers in the Manjimup and Bunbury/Harvey regions;

  • Tailored Job Readiness workshops – two day sessions held across three locations – Vasse, Bunbury and Harvey.

  • Six online videos created to promote the Local Jobs Program:

  1. Northern Valley Packers

  2. Newtons Orchard

  3. Callum, Trainee Manager

  4. Karlee, Supervisor

  5. Ellise, Quality Control

  6. Ben, Dispatch

Case Studies

“The free support and individual attention we received from supply partners, government and industry bodies would not have been possible without HARVEST.”

“We were given strategic formulas to look at the business objectively to find the best path forward, and we were able to decide to proceed with food for human consumption, not pet feed or pharmaceuticals. We learnt about and applied cost analysis, cash flow, and benchmark pricing.”

“We developed our complex excel model of myFARMSMART into a simplified digital platform. The contacts and knowledge that we gained from HARVEST expedited this process.”

“HARVEST delivered program excellence in terms of its structure and delivery, and was led by knowledgeable and professional people. [HARVEST] has accelerated the development of my product from what I thought the farmers wanted, to a product they needed."

"HARVEST is a fantastic course; I have learnt more during the course than I have in 13 years working within a Corporate SME."

"We're expanding our state based reach and the contacts and people we've worked with are countless, and majority are a direct result of HARVEST. We're all excited and energised for the opportunities we're now facing, and will be encouraging every business that's looking for similar, to jump on board the next [HARVEST] program."

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