The purpose of this 5-month program is to equip high potential agrifood businesses with the capabilities they need to scale into national and international markets, deliver transformational growth to their industry, and maximise their social and economic contribution through jobs and revenue.
Program participants will learn through the delivery of high quality programming combined with tailored support to meet the specific needs of agrifood tech and innovation ventures.
The graduation of each Farmers2Founders Harvest Cohort will contribute to a critical mass of curious and collaborative founders, moving Australia’s Agrifood industry forward, and contributing to a thriving regional Australia.
Equipping high potential agrifood businesses with the capabilities to scale
Be a part of a group of curious, innovative founders, moving Australia's agrifood industry forward.
- Nov 2021- Jun 2022
- Virtual and in person when possible
- Eligible for funding of up to $10K
- Tailored support to each individual or team
- Strategy and pitch coaching
- Access to a comprehensive platform of resources and tools
- Cohort-based participation
- Access to our broad network of industry mentors, experts and trusted service providers
- Connections to customers and channel partners
- PR and participation in events
- Establishment of interim scaleup advisory board
- Internationalisation pathways and alumni programs
What is the Harvest Program?
The Harvest Program is structured over a 5 month period and is divided into three key stages as follows:
Stage One: Deep Dive (1 month)
F2F will undertake a 90-minute Deep Dive with each participating team and will provide initial feedback on their pitch deck and proposed scaleup plan. They will then be provided with access to a two-week self-paced online program and a follow-on coaching session. They will be required to update their pitch deck based on the feedback prior to moving to next stage.
Stage Two: Bootcamp Intensive (1 month)
COVID permitting, participants will participate in a 4-day in-person bootcamp intensive where they will work with a team of coaches and mentors to refine their scaleup objectives. This component will switch to virtual over 2 weeks if face-to-face is not possible. This will be followed by three one-on-one coaching sessions over the next month and a mini pitch event prior to moving to next stage. Please note only successful businesses from the pitch will be able to proceed to Stage three.
Stage Three: Executing the Growth Plan (3 months)
The final three months of the program will include the development of a customised growth plan and engagement by participants in a range of activities including: Program sprints, interactive group sessions, comprehensive resources and tools and online self-paced learning modules.
Essential Skills you'll learn
Raising capital and investment literacy
Scaling your value chain
Expanding your team
Business model design
Packaging, labelling and food safety
Marketing and brand building
Metrics and data analytics
Business structures and financial management
Strategy and pitch coaching
Learn more about our coaches here
Take your place on the Harvest program today!
Who should apply?
The Farmers2Founders Harvest program is for agrifood tech or innovative food and beverage businesses who are looking for resources and support to scale your business and accelerate your growth.
Typically your business will:
Have developed their idea to at least working prototype stage
Have evidence of demand with high growth potential – must be able to demonstrate that they are working to solve a real problem for their customers (could be producers for agtech or consumers for foodtech and value-adding)
Be aware of the skills and capabilities they need and have started to build their high performing team
Have a clear path to profitability
Be preparing to acquire new customers through new channels and markets
Importantly, while business founders don’t need to be primary producers, they must be able to clearly demonstrate how the success of their business will contribute to Australia’s Agrifood industry at the producer level.
Preferably they should be able to demonstrate how they are engaging directly with producers in their business growth strategy. This could be via:
Producer as co-founder
Producer as member of an Advisory Board
Producer as an investor
Producer as strategic customer or early adopter eg engaged in trials
Producer as a direct value chain partner (for a value-adding business) where the producer shares in the increased value created
Farmers2Founders will assist business founders who have not yet developed these relationships with producers to develop appropriate strategies to do so
How to apply?
Applications for the Harvest Program are currently closed.
We will be reopening applications to Harvest in mid-2022.
Meet our 2021-22 Harvest Cohort!
Learn more about these 16 innovative agrifood businesses today!
CHOCOLATE ON PURPOSE
OLIVE GAP FARM
NATIVE OZ BUSHFOODS
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How do I apply?
Applications for the Harvest program are currently closed. They will reopen in 2022.
What is the selection process?
We will assess your application and set up a time to chat with you if we need to know something more. You will be notified if you are successful into the shortlist. From there we will set up time to have a 1:1. intervew with you and the selection panel. From there, if you are successful you will be accepted into the first two stages of the program.
How much does it cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate.
Do you take equity in my business?
We only require a equity position if we invest directly in the business- this would be on a case by case basis.
Is the information in my application treated as confidential?
We will not distribute your application during the application process. Hoever, please do not submit any trade secrets at this stage. Your application should only include infomration you are will and able to share.
Who owns the IP developed by my business during participation in the program?
IP dreated by you is retained by your business.
Are there travel funds available to participate in the face-to-face aspects of the program?
COVID permitting, a travel stipend is provided to teams if they are required to travel to face-to-face elements of the program.