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HARVEST ACCELERATOR

Equipping high potential agrifood businesses with the capabilities to scale.

WHAT IS HARVEST?

Be a part of a group of curious, innovative founders, moving Australia's agrifood industry forward.

The Harvest Accelerator is a 3 month program designed to equip high potential agtech, food tech or value-added food and beverage businesses with the capabilities you need to scale into national and international markets, deliver transformational growth to your industry and maximise your social and economic contribution through jobs and revenue.

You will learn through the delivery of high quality programming combined with tailored support and exposure to our broad network of industry experts, mentors, investors and advisors. In addition, you are provided with weekly opportunities to connect with your cohort and receive feedback on your business growth strategy.

Not sure if this is the right program? Book a call with us

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHEN

Applications Open- 5 September 2022

Applications Close- 16 October 2022

Finalists Announced- 13 December

Program Launches- Early February 2023

COST

Free for sponsored positions (MLA, GRDC and TNQ Drought Hub).

WHERE

A hybrid model of online sessions and in-person events.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Eligible for funding and investment opportunities

  • Tailored support to each business

  • Strategy and pitch coaching

  • Access to a comprehensive platform of resources and tools

  • Access to our broad network of industry mentors, founders, experts and trusted service providers

  • Connections to customers and channel partners

  • PR and participation in large industry events (such as Evoke Ag 2023

  • Establishment of interim scaleup advisory board

  • Internationalisation pathways and alumni programs

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WHO CAN APPLY?

Australian agrifood tech, food tech or value-added businesses who have a proven customer value proposition in at least one market and you are looking to scale your operations in either your current market or into new markets and/or customer segments.

Businesses must have:

  • One full time founder/employee working in the business

  • Be registered as a business

  • Proven traction in a minimum of one customer segment/channel

  • An MVP being tested or working product in market

  • Preliminary idea of the next customer segment/market you will target- to be explored through the program

  • Willingness to work with coaches and the F2F team throughout the 3 month program, attending sessions, engaging with fellow founders and demonstrating a genuine interest in engaging with the agrifood startup sector

The program will commence in February 2023. All teams must commit to a minimum of one team member (maximum two) to attend the face-to-face bootcamp 19-24 February to coincide with EvokeAg in Adelaide, South Australia.

KEY INFORMATION

The Harvest Accelerator will be open to up to 10 teams who are looking to scale in the agtech, food tech or value added market.

The 10 positions in the cohort consist of:

  • Grains sector- two positions (sponsored by Grains Research & Development Corporation)

  • Red meat and livestock sector- two positions (Sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia)

  • Tropical North Queensland- two positions addressing identified producer problems (Sponsored by the JCU and TNQ Drought Hub)

  • Up to an additional four positions in agrifood- selected by Farmers2Founders

Please consider whether your new growth opportunity could apply to any or all of these regions or sectors.

 

Applications are open from the 5 September 2022. You can submit your application by clicking any of the 'apply now' buttons. Once we receive your application you will receive a Business Health Check to complete and return to the team.  

 

Shortlisted teams will then be required to submit a pre-recorded pitch by 11 November 2022. Selected teams will then be invited to a 60-90 minute deep dive to ascertain suitability for the the program. The final cohort will be informed on 6 December 2022.

"My business is now more powerful as a result of the combined minds of Farmers2Founders."

MICK THORNETT
SOLUTION BLUE
HARVEST ALUMNI 2021

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HOW IT WORKS

Equipping high potential agrifood businesses with the capabilities to scale.

The F2F Harvest Accelerator is structured over a 3 month period. The program officially kicks of with a face to face bootcamp from 20-24 February 2023, coinciding with EvokeAg in Adelaide. 

The program will then follow a regular structure of weekly strategy sessions, expert masterclasses and connections to our network and community. You will be allocated a business coach and have access to an interim advisory board for the duration of the program. You will also be onboarded to a comprehensive learning management platform with extensive resources to support your growth plan.

SELECTION 
  • Applicants will receive a Business Health check once you apply

  • Shortlisted businesses given access to an online library to build knowledge and skills in preparation for a pre-recorded pitch

  • Pre-recorded pitch submitted by 11 November

  • Selected teams invited to a 60-90 minute deep dive with F2F

  • Final cohort informed on 6 December 2022

  • Finalists announced 13 December 2022

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 16 OCTOBER 2022

BOOTCAMP

5 days- Face-to-face

  • Meet and greet the cohort and F2F team

  • Participation in curated events at EvokeAg 2023

  • Connections and networking

  • Group workshops

  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring

  • Pitching

20-24 FEBRUARY 2023

EXECUTING YOUR GROWTH PLAN

3 months- Hybrid delivery

  • Development of a customised growth plan

  • 1:1 expert business coaching

  • Weekly interactive group sessions

  • Expert masterclasses and office hours

  • Connections to customers and channel partners

  • Investment opportunities

  • Extensive resources and tools

  • Gala Day

FEBRUARY-MAY 2023

5 September 2022

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications open on the 5 September 2022. Click on any of the 'apply' buttons to fill in an application form. 

16 October 2022

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

Applications close on the 16 October 2022 and we will commence our selection process. We will be in touch with you throughout to keep you updated.

WHY APPLY?

  • We are the largest venture creation platform in Australia

  • You will have the opportunity to join our venture studio for ongoing support

  • Access to real end customers, channel partners and trusted providers via our huge industry network

  • Exposure at world class industry events

  • Producer-centric and exclusively agrifood

  • Strong industry support from 

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SKILLS YOU WILL BUILD

  • Raising capital and investor readiness

  • Scaling your value chain

  • Business model design

  • People and capability

  • Go to market strategy

  • Marketing and branding

  • Sales, metrics and data analytics

  • Business structures and operational management

  • Leadership and governance

  • Pitch coaching

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STILL GOT QUESTIONS?

Book a call with our expert team and we'll help you decide which pathway is right for you and your venture.