Hatch Program 4
6 Feb 2023
Shalabh grew up in India and moved to Australia in 1999 and throughout his life, he has worked in high corporate positions. In 2011, he began his own consulting business where he worked on databases and reporting. Unfortunately he had to close his tech business due to COVID-19 however since then he has changed his focus to software development.
Shalabh is developing a cloud-hosted application (SaaS) that can assist agri businesses to automate the process of recording and streamlining scores of their trial or pilot programs, such as seed trials. This would save the process of using customized software and other applications where there is manual data entry or processes as part of managing their farming operations.
Thanks for your support and guidance, Ben. The Hatch Program is exactly what I needed to learn the journey of a startup, understand customer pain-points, and explore whether my ‘Scorekeeper’ prototype can be a viable solution to their needs. I’m very grateful to you for introducing me to the contacts in your network. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much in such a short period without your encouragement and support. Thank you.
Shalabh has given access to Scorekeeper to the Minnipa Agricultural Centre Farm Manager, John Kelsh, who will run Scorekeeper at the Centre side-by-side with his current field trial data management system to compare them and provide feedback to Shalabh.
Shalabh will now make contact with research centres similar to Minnipa Agricultural Centre who also conduct Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT) to explore further trial of the score keeping app (the NVT program is the largest independent co-ordinated trial network in the world with more than 650 trials sown at over 300 locations for 10 crop species, presenting opportunities to trial and sell Scorekeeper).
These discussions will provide Shalabh further opportunity to explore how closely the current version of the Scorekeeper app meets end-users’ requirements and iterate app design accordingly.
Emerging Scorekeeper functionality needs relate to:
offline trial scoring (there’s poor WiFi connectivity in many remote trial locations)
multiple sets of scoring data for each trial and better reporting
import of existing trial scoring templates.
Shalabh is keen to continue the pre-accelerator pathway into Hone.