Startup Network Applications Open

We are excited to be partnering with EvokeAG for the Start-Up Network. The evokeAG. Startup Network aims to build the networks and capability of Australian agrifood startups to support adoption of new technologies on farm. 

About the Program:

The evokeAG. Startup Network aims to build the networks and capability of Australian agrifood startups to support adoption of new technologies on farm. The Start-Up Network will feature interactive online webinars and networking events, focused on the adoption of agrifood innovations and connecting key players across the agrifood supply chain. 

Dr Natasha Teakle, AgriStart Managing Director said agritech was about solving problems for farmers, be it through new technologies or new approaches using software or robotics, but also encompasses innovations in food, such as a new techniques that enable raw commodities to be processed.

“We want to hear from people who are ready to begin on farm trials with farmers and ready to pitch to investors. The Startup Network will build their capability to pitch to farmers and to pitch to investors. It will help them to communicate their value proposition to farmers. The program will provide a national network –a lot of startups want to sell across Australia and potentially globally as well.” 

Dr Natasha Teakle, AgriStart

Participant Entitlements: 

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 and includes:

  • 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. 

Successful applicants must demonstrate all of the following to be eligible: 

  • Have a business registered in Australia
  • Have an agrifood innovation that is providing a solution to on-farm challenges
  • Have a product ready for a farmer to trial on-farm
  • Founded less than five years ago. 

Applications are now open and close 5.00pm (AEST) Monday, 17 May. More information here

Growing an agrifood startup in Australia webinar 

Those interested in the Startup Network program can find out more this Friday at Growing an agrifood startup in Australia webinar where founders will hear from industry professionals on growing an agrifood startup in Australia. You’ll hear from a panel of speakers about funding and support opportunities available from grants to accelerator programs, and you will also receive an overview on the Startup Network Program and why you should apply.

– John Harvey, AgriFutures Australia
– Dr Natasha Ayers, AgriStart (facilitator)
– Michael Macolino, BDO Australia,
– Fernando Felquer, GrainInnovate
– Matthew Pryor, Tenacious Ventures

Click here to register for the webinar. 

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