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2020 BOOTCAMP ALUMNI

BOOTCAMP 2020-21

OPTIWEIGH

Optiweigh is a patented in-paddock automated system that allows farmers to understand their animals' weight trends easily. It saves farmers time and money by providing weight data and analysis that helps improve stock management and identify the best time to sell stock.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sold an additional 60 units

  • 80% of Optiweigh customers achieving positive ROI in 6 months

  • Generated additional revenue to hire two full time staff and moved into new offices

  • Validated technology by 2 universities and won the MLA Producer Innovation Award at Beef Week

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MAYI HARVESTS

Pat Torres is CEO of Mayi Harvests, an Indigenous-owned business that uses ancient traditional and ecological knowledge practices to source Kakadu Plum and other native botanicals. Through wild harvesting practices the business helps to preserve trees and create high value products for consumers.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accepted into APEC: Growing Indigenous Businesses through Trade

  • Accepted onto Amazon Launchpad to boost online presence

  • Finalised labelling and trialling new sustainable packaging for product-market fit

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AUSCRIMPER

Charlie and Amie Lange are regenerative farmers running grains and cattle near Dalby, NSW. Their company AusCrimper manufacturers a cover crop crimper and roller to knock down cover crops without using chemicals.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 X increase in monthly revenue

  • Doubled sales of machines to 11 machines sold during the program

  • Created two new full time employment positions

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EARTRUMPET

Dan Fischl is a grape grower and viticultural consultant based in Victoria. His company EarTrumpet Consulting is commercialising the PADARDIS sensor system, developed by Dan to remotely support his grower clients to implement a regulated irrigation strategy. 

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Refined positioning and secured 2 new customers

  • Launched a sales and marketing strategy to increase subscribers

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PINNAROO FARMS

Pip and Skeet Lawson are broadacre farmers located in Pinnaroo, SA who grow wheat, barley and red lentils. Following Pip's participation in the national F2F pre-accelerator program she launched her first product at the beginning of July 2020 direct to consumers via an online shop. Today, Pinnaroo Farms (previously The Pinnaroo Farmer) is scaling into independent retailers, wholesalers and food manufacturers with their sprouted gluten free flours.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increased sales of lentil flour to multiple tonnage

  • Increased wholesale stockists from 4 to 7

  • Employed 2 full time staff and resigned from off-farm job

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KNOWBY

Grant Rogers is a dairy farmer from Tasmania. Like many farmers, he has wasted countless hours repeating the same instruction over and over to his employees and struggles to get customers to use his products correctly. He needed a 'simpler way' to create 'how to' manuals and Knowby was launched.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increased monthly users from 1000 to 2000

  • Acquired an additional 10 business customers

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VASSE VALLEY

Bronwyn Blake is an agricultural scientist and licensed hemp grower from North Jindong, WA. Located in the beautiful Margaret River wine region, Vasse Valley is the first Western Australian paddock-to-plate hemp foods business. They began growing hemp to make their farm more profitable and grow and roast seed to bring out the full flavour to their range of award-winning hemp foods.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expansion into export markets, securing two new customers in Hong Kong and South Korea

  • Increased trading revenue by 20%

  • Acquired an additional 10 business customers

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YACKER

Emma Ayliffe and Heath McWhirter are farmers and co-owners of Summit Agronomy, broadacre consultants covering 1000s of hectares across NSW. In 2018 they developed the idea for Yacker, a social networking app for the agriculture industry, after struggling to manage their time and answer their client's questions during the season.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increased users by 32%

  • Increased user engagement to 54%

  • Emma awarded Young Farmer of the Year 2021

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THE WIMMERA GRAIN STORE

Jenny Moore is the director of The Wimmera Grain Store (WGS) in Rupanyup, Victoria. Jenny's family have been farming for 90 years and growing a range of pulses for 30 years. WGS specialises in supplying Australian grown chickpeas, lentils and faba beans as a whole grain, split, kibble or flour and other value added products.

BOOTCAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Established ecommerce platforms and social media channels

  • Increased supply to export customer in Hong Kong

  • Secured new contract manufacturer for plant-based snacks

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