Bootcamp Program

Information

Everything you need to know about the F2F 

Bootcamp program.

What will I get from the Bootcamp?

Beginning with a 4-day intensive in-person session, over the 3 month program F2F Bootcamp will build the technology, financial and marketing capabilities of producer-led businesses through expert coaching and mentors. ​

Targeted outcomes for participating teams are: 

  • Increase revenue: get more customers through refining your messaging, understanding of available marketing tools and appropriate channels to reach your customers

  • Identify the potential pricing and business models that will help you become a scalable & sustainable business 

  • Understand your need for capital: develop an understanding of the investment process, prepare your materials, and get introductions to investors

  • Learn best practice strategies to prioritise and resource your product development and/or business milestones ​

  • Grow the profile of your business through PR support and access to media training

  • Join a national network of innovative producers, potential customers, investors and technology developers

 

Why is the F2F Bootcamp different?

  • Created specifically for primary producers

  • Custom-designed to your needs: we'll work with you to set out your goals, and help you achieve them over the 3 months

  • $10k equity free grant

  • Become part of the F2F community - more than 300 producers around the country

  • Just 6 teams in the program, so you get more time with the coaches 

Is the bootcamp a fit for you?

  • You are a producer who has developed a solution for a problem on-farm, and started commercializing it for other producers

  • You are a producer with a value-add product in market, and looking to reach new markets and increase your volume of sales

  • You are a producer-led business that has developed and begun commercializing a solution in response to a problem in the industry

Applications are open!

Applications for the 2020 Bootcamp are open.  

The program will kick off in September. 

Submit your EOI below.  

For any questions regarding applications please contact us at

admin@farmers2founders.com

How will applicants be assessed?

We are looking for businesses that:

  • Are producer-led, meaning there’s at least one Australian primary producer on the leadership team

  • Have some ‘traction’ in the market (i.e., users, customers, revenue)

  • Have a desire to grow i.e. ‘scale up’ the business.

  • Are working on a technology, new business model, or value-add product in the agrifood and fibre industry

  • The majority of the team can attend the in-person bootcamp 

  • Can commit $2.5k matched funding to their business expenses (not to the program)

 

For businesses that meet this criteria, we will then evaluate applications on the following three dimensions: team, problem, and solution.

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  • Does the team have the passion and commitment to make this business succeed?

  • What problem does the business solve? Is this problem sizeable and underserved? 

  • What proof of demand is there for this product/service?

  • What is the solution? How unique or differentiated is it? Is there a clear value proposition or return on investment (ROI) for customers?

Frequently asked questions

Ideas Program

When do applications open?


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How do I apply?


Once applications are open we will ask you to complete a registration form. The Farmers2Founders team will use your responses to the application form to shortlist applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Applicants that are not shortlisted will be notified by email.




How will applications be evaluated / what are you looking for?


Applications will first be screened for eligibility. We will then evaluate ideas based on their potential for industry impact and/or commercial feasibility. We will look for evidence that there are potential customers for this product or service, or that it provides an industry wide positive impact that will make venture succeed.




When does the Program Kickoff?


The next Ideas Program will kick off in March 2020




How long does the program go for?


8 weeks following kickoff




Do I need to have an idea for a business or technology?


Yes. You do not have to have started building it, though. And it does not have to be a technology- food, foodtech, and value chain innovations are also welcome to apply.




Do I need to be a primary producer?


Yes, each team must have at least one primary producer involved.




What are the key benefits?


This program is designed to help you test the potential of your idea, and determine how far you want to take it. Each participant will have different goals, such as industry impact, getting closer to consumers, building a big technology company, or creating an additional revenue stream- that’s ok! We will help you get started, and give you the tools you need to make progress toward your goal. Things you will learn include:

  • how to operate using the best practices, processes, and tools that successful entrepreneurs use
  • how to know if your idea is worth pursuing
  • what resources will be required to achieve your goals, and how to attract them




Is this the only program you’ll run?


No, we expect to launch regular programs. Sign up to the mailing list to stay in the loop.




What else do I get?


You will receive expert coaching and mentoring, funding, weekly exercises, access to a national community of progressive producers, and more.




Does it cost anything?


No, but you contribute $1k toward your venture. This does not go to coaching or the program, you get this money to spend on program activities.




Do you take equity?


No!




How many hours per week will I need to commit?


The 8 week program will be intense, but like most things, the more you put in, the more you get out. Over the 8 week program we expect you to spend 6-10 hours/week on your venture.




Who are the coaches and mentors?


The main program coaches are Christine Pitt, Sarah Nolet, and Cass Mao. Program mentors will be selected based on the participants in each program, but will include experienced entrepreneurs, producer-led new venture teams, and experts in key skills (e.g., website design, product design, accessing capital, digital marketing, etc.).




How many teams will be accepted?


12 teams




Where is the program located?


Location TBD




How can I learn more or ask questions?


Email admin@farmers2founders.com




Do you own my IP?


No!




How does the program work?


Each week, we will have a group check in where we review the exercises from the previous week, go over new training material, and often have a guest lecture from an industry expert. You will also be given a mentor and/or coach that will provide custom guidance and support for you and your team. At the end of the 8 week program, you will have a clear idea of whether you want to scale your venture, and what it will take. You will also have a new toolkit to help you maximise your impact.




Will we receive support to travel to the kickoff?


Yes, a travel subsidy will be provided to support travel to this event.





Bootcamp Program

When do applications open?


We are still working through dates for 2020, sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know when applications open.




How many teams will be accepted?


Up to 6 teams will be selected




How do I apply?


Applications are now open, so you can apply by completing the required appliaction form. The Farmers2Founders team will use your responses to the application form to shortlist applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Applicants that are not shortlisted will be notified by email.




How will applications be evaluated / what are you looking for?


Applications will first be screened for eligibility. We will then evaluate ideas based on their potential for industry impact and/or commercial feasibility. We will look for evidence that there are potential customers for this product or service, or that it provides an industry wide positive impact that will make venture succeed.




When does the program start?


The program will kick off mid 2020




How long does the program go for?


3 months




Where is the program located?


Kickoff bootcamp will take place in Sydney, and the remainder of the program is completed online/remotely




Will we receive support to travel to the kickoff?


Yes, a travel subsidy will be provided to support travel to this event.




Do I need to be a primary producer?


Yes, each team must have at least one primary producer involved.




Is this the only program you’ll run?


No, we run multiple programs. Sign up to the mailing list to stay in the loop.




What are the key benefits?


This program is designed to help strong teams with high-potential solutions grow their business and raise capital if needed. Each participant will have different goals, such as industry impact, getting closer to consumers, building a big technology company, or creating an additional revenue stream- that’s ok! We will help you progress, and give you the tools you need to make progress toward your goal.




What else do I get?


  • Tailored support from a team of coaches + a pool of mentors with ag and tech expertise
  • Connections to the tech and investor ecosystem
  • A pitch at evokeAG
  • $10k Support to access financing/apply for funding at conclusion of program




How does the program work?


Each week, we will have a group check in where we review the exercises from the previous week, go over new training material, and often have a guest lecture from an industry expert. You will also be given a mentor and/or coach that will provide custom guidance and support for you and your team.




Does it cost anything?


No cost!




Do you take equity?


No!




Do you own my IP?


No!




How many hours per week will I need to commit?


The 3 month program will be intense, but like most things, the more you put in, the more you get out. Over the 3 month program we expect you to spend 10-12 hours/week on your venture.




How can I learn more or ask questions?


Email admin@farmers2founders.com




Who are the coaches and mentors?


The main program coaches are Christine Pitt, Sarah Nolet, and Cass Mao. Program mentors will be selected based on the participants in each program, but will include experienced entrepreneurs, producer-led new venture teams, and experts in key skills (e.g., website design, product design, accessing capital, digital marketing, etc.).





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