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An agrifood tech accelerator pathway that supports entrepreneurs and startups from early stage ideas and validation, through to growing and scaling their ventures.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Our program pathway will teach you the fundamentals of starting, launching and scaling an agrifood tech startup.

JourneyStarter (Online)

The first step in our program pathways is a self-paced online course that will help you to explore and refine your agrifood tech concept.

  • Setting the scene of agriculture, tech and food

  • What startup ideas do you have?

  • Entrepreneurial mindset

  • What makes a successful startup?

  • How to start a startup?

Hatch (Online)

A 6 week program where your ideas are hatched and validated with real customers to determine problem-solution fit.

  • Understanding of startup best-practices 

  • Knowing the problem you are solving

  • Finding customers who have the problem

  • Validated idea with consumers and customers

  • Finding problem-solution fit

  • 3 - 6 month growth plan

Hone (Hybrid)

A 10 week program where you will build and launch your MVP to test product-market fit and establish a viable business model.

  • A viable business model and revenue streams

  • Go-To-Market strategy

  • Expert at pitching your business

  • Expanded network of customers, partners and potential investors

  • Opportunity to engage with interns to assist you

  • 6 - 12 months growth plan

Harvest (Hybrid)

A 4 month program designed to equip high potential agtech and agrifood businesses with the capabilities needed to scale into national and international markets.

  • 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

  • Demo Day

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHEN

JourneyStarter - OPEN

Hatch #1 Program - 12th February - 21st March 2024

Applications open: 4th September 2023

Applications close: 10th December 2023

 

Hatch #2 Program - 8th April - 17th May 2024

Applications open: January 2024

Applications close: 24th March 2024

 

Hone #1 Program - 22nd April - 28th June 2024

Hone #2 Program - 8th July - 13th September 2024

Harvest Accelerator Program

Applications Open - 4 September 2023

Applications Close - 15 October 2023

Finalists Announced - 8 December 2023

Program Launches - Early February 2024

COST

FREE - no cost to you. This program has been funded by the NSW Government Accelerating Regional Innovation Fund.

WHERE

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Matched with a business coach to be with you every step of your program journey; providing you with personalised business advice 1:1 throughout the program.

  • Practical group sessions and expert masterclasses focused on helping you save time and money by teaching you the fundamentals of lean startup methodology

  • Tools and resources to support the development of your startup.

  • Networking opportunities at industry events, with industry program partners, Farmers2Founders network and fellow startup peers.

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WHO CAN APPLY?

This program is open to any person - or team - in regional NSW with a tech idea, concept or early stage startup that is looking to solve a problem on farm or for an agrifood sector. Sectors could include broadacre cropping, livestock, horticulture, dairy, wine, wool and many more.

You might be:

A producer/farmer

A student

A tech developer

An aspiring entrepreneur

An individual or team looking to work on a solution with producers

A researcher/research team with an idea ready for commercialisation

TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS COULD BE

There are many areas of agriculture that could be made more efficient, sustainable and productive. Some tech applications could include:

  • Connectivity

  • Automated harvesting/robotics

  • Precision implements

  • Weed management

  • Irrigation and water management

  • Animal monitoring, health and nutrition

  • Pest and disease

  • Farm management

  • Data processing and visualisation 

  • In field sensing and monitoring

  • Supply chain and logistics tracking

  • Marketplace/e-commerce

"Farmers2Founders changed our life. It was such a catalyst for us and came at a pivotal moment".

FIONA TURNER,
BITWISE AGRONOMY
ALUMNI 2019

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SKILLS YOU WILL BUILD

  • Agtech startup best practice

  • How to test your idea with real end-users

  • How to build a sustainable business model

  • Financing your first venture and MVP

  • Value chain design

  • Marketing and social media for agribusiness

  • How to build a go2market strategy

  • Customer acquisition and sales

  • Pitching your business

WHY APPLY?

  • We are the largest venture creation platform in Australia in the agrifood tech sector

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

  • Access to real end users via our huge industry network

  • Producer-centric and exclusively agrifood

  • Strong industry support from 6 RDCs

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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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