Eight Innovative UK Agritech Scale-Ups Selected for the Second Gateway to Australia Global Incubator
The Gateway to Australia Global Incubator Program is a market internationalisation program for UK agritech scaleups to open up commercial opportunities and de-risk market entry into Australia.
Following the success of the 2023 Gateway to Australia program, Farmers2Founders are thrilled to announce the 2024 cohort, who were selected from over 20 competitive applications. This is the second global innovation accelerator as part of the 3-year commitment with Innovate UK to support UK agritech businesses to land, launch and grow their businesses in Australia by plugging into the agritech ecosystem, opening up commercial opportunities and establishing their in-market presence.
The following teams have been selected as part of the 2024 cohort;
Precision farm data integration platform for improving profitability, significantly reducing GHG emissions and accelerating the adoption of precision ag.
An enabling technology creating novel and complex synthetic imagery to reduce the time needed to train agricultural AI models. Applications are as diverse as agricultural robotics, field research, controlled environment agriculture and grain quality.
A hardware-independent, autonomous dairy cow monitoring platform harnessing the capabilities of advanced AI and video analytics. This is a hands-free solution to monitoring a cow’s welfare and performance.
Integrated poultry livestock sensing and management platform, utilising AI to bring better welfare and performance outcomes to broiler chicken production.
Innovative vertical farming infrastructure that uses a Total Control Environment Agriculture platform to manage growth cycle stages and operational inputs.
A clinical diagnostics and vaccines delivery Software as a Service (SaaS) company, developing innovative, user-friendly, cloud-based platforms for more efficient animal diagnostic testing.
Ag-drive is a seamless, integrated and cost-effective business management platform for farmers and ag contractors. From job planning, scheduling, recording, completion and invoicing, the app is a paperless system that enables the business to be more accountable, traceable and efficient.
A highly dexterous fresh produce packing robotic system designed to meet the needs of the post-harvest industry. A reliable and immediate solution to labour shortages includes cutting-edge vision technology, sophisticated machine learning, and cloud updates, and the system can learn and see in real time.
Gateway to Australia is a 5-month program fostering the following outcomes:
Connections and network: Introductions and engagement with a network of mentors and industry partners in Australia; including connections to a national network of producers, research teams, and industry experts.
Coaching and Resources: 1:1 dedicated support and access to trusted professional service providers to help fast-track expansion into Australia.
Masterclasses, workshops and panel speakers: Online group learning insight sessions.
Pitching opportunities: Access to investor, corporate and strategic partner networks in Australia.
Innovation community: Plugging into the Australian Agri-Tech ecosystem and engaging with fellow entrepreneurs and events.
Local support: Access to a national support team in Australia.
Access to global alumni network: Joining other like-minded businesses in the F2F alumni network to share insights, learnings and successes and stay connected with the global agritech ecosystem.
Market visits: Two funded market visits to Australia are planned as part of this initiative;
In-Market Visit #1 (November 23): Teams will participate in a Welcome Breakfast event hosted by the British Consulate General in Sydney, followed by an intensive Bootcamp. The visit includes a field trip to the New England North-West region, an agricultural powerhouse for NSW, to visit key sites, including NSW DPI Agricultural Research Institute in Armadale and the University of Sydney DigiFarm in Narrabri as well as attending the Farmers2Founders AGtivate event in Tamworth.
In-Market Visit #2 (February 24): Teams will have the opportunity to participate in Asia Pacific’s premier Agrifood tech event, evokeAG, being held in Perth in February 2024, along with attending numerous side-line agrifood & tech events and pitching opportunities to investors and potential partners.
The program was officially launched this week through a virtual presentation and introductions event, during which Louise Cantillon, the UK Consul-General for NSW and Deputy Trade Commissioner for APAC, warmly welcomed the successful teams, “I’m excited to see a second Gateway to Australia program cohort beginning their journey to expand into the Australian agricultural sector. The program represents the strong ongoing commitment between our nations – which now see even more opportunities with the Free Trade Agreement coming into effect. I’m looking forward to seeing how our agritech innovations can work together in this rapidly growing and transformative space.”
For more information on the Gateway to Australia program, please get in touch with email@example.com.