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Farmers2Founders Harvest Agrifood Tech Accelerator Program

HARVEST ACCELERATOR

Equipping high potential agtech and 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 4 month program designed to equip high potential agtech and agrifood 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.

You will be part of Farmers2Founders venture creation pathway helping you to grow through the accelerator and beyond with ongoing curated support programs post accelerator!

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 - 4 September 2023

Applications Close - 15 October 2023

Finalists Announced - 8 December 2023

Program Launches - Early February 2024

COST

The program is free of charge. Positions in the Harvest Accelerator are subsidised by our generous sponsors. We accept teams nationally, but additionally we are looking for five teams from Regional NSW to join the cohort.

WHERE

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Tailored support to each business

  • Access to an agtech and agrifood network of specialists with the connections to turbo charge developing your industry specific approach to growth

  • A dedicated Advisory Board to help stress test your business strategy and direction

  • Tools and techniques to manage yourself and your team for sustained high performance

  • Personal accountability frameworks to keep yourself and your business on track

  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence with a track record of scaling, capital raising and exiting companies

  • 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 including subsidised participation in evokeAG 2024 in Perth

  • Expert guidance on options to fund your startup growth and raise capital beyond the program

  • Tailored venture growth support post program as well as internationalisation pathways and alumni programs

     

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WHO CAN APPLY?

Australian agrifood tech businesses who have a proven customer value proposition 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 4 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 2024. All teams must commit to a minimum of one team member (maximum two) to attend the face-to-face bootcamp in Feb/Mar 2024 (dates & location TBA) and the face-to-face end of program Farmers2Founders Investment Committee pitch & AusAgritech Industry Awards & Investment Showcase event in June 2024 (dates & location TBA).

KEY INFORMATION

The Harvest Accelerator will be open to up to 10 teams nationally who are agtech and agrifood startups looking to scale.

We are specifically seeking five teams from regional NSW to join the Harvest #24 cohort.

Applications are now open for 2024. 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. Selected teams will be invited participate in a virtual workshop and mentor session day. The final cohort will be informed on 8 December 2023.

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

MICK THORNETT
SOLUTION BLUE
HARVEST ALUMNI

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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 4 month period. The program officially kicks of with a face to face bootcamp in Feb/Mar 2024 (dates & location TBA). 

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 1 November

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

  • Finalists announced 8 December 2023

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 15 OCTOBER 2023

BOOTCAMP

Face-to-face

  • Meet and greet the cohort and F2F team

  • Connections and networking

  • Group workshops

  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring

  • Pitching

FEB / MAR 2024, LOCATION TBA

EXECUTING YOUR GROWTH PLAN

4 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 - JUNE 2024

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

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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 team and we'll help you decide which pathway is right for you and your venture.

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