What is TEKLAB- VIC?
TEKLAB VIC is a pre-accelerator program specifically for aspiring Victorian entrepreneurs who are looking for support to explore, validate and commercialise an agtech startup.
It will teach you the core skills you need to test your agtech startup idea quickly and cheaply, validate with real end users and provide the pathways to help you establish a successful agtech startup.
You will get access to 1:1 business coaching, real end users, mentors and funding to develop a roadmap for your new agtech business and help you to acquire your first customers and/or trial sites, build your team and launch your first working MVP into the market.
Who should apply?
The Farmers2Founders TEKLAB VIC Program is for any individual or team located in Victoria who has an agtech idea or concept that you believe will solve a problem on farm or for the agrifood sector.
Everything you need to build your agtech startup- from validating your idea to growing a real business.
Our Victorian based agtech pre-accelerator will help you to quickly test and validate your agtech startup idea with real end users. Our program will provide you with the tools and resources to build your agtech startup.
TEKStart (Stage One): 16 May 2022
Hatch TEK (Stage Two): 8 Aug 2022
Hone TEK (Stage Three): 17 Oct 2022
Hybrid model of virtual and face-to-face
Work on your agtech business idea with the guidance of expert coaches
Access a comprehensive platform of resources and tools to support the development of your new agtech startup
Unlock the opportunity to progress your idea through the F2F agtech pathways (Eg. Hone Program)
Funding to help progress your agtech start up
Access to our broad network of industry mentors, experts and trusted service providers
Connections to end users, intermediaries and channel/distribution partners
PR and participation in events
Your agtech idea could incorporate different types of technology such as software, hardware, implements, device or process.
Areas of application for your agtech business idea could be:
Animal nutrition and health
Pest and disease
Data processing and visualization
In field sensing and monitoring
Supply chain and logistics tracking
You could be:
A producer with an idea
A team with a producer
A researcher/research team with an idea ready for commercialisation
A tech developer with an idea
A student with an idea
An entrepreneur with an idea
An individual or team looking to work on a solution with producers
Farmers2Founders is dedicated to ensuring diversity and inclusion within our cohorts.
"Farmers2Founders changed our life. It was such a catalyst for us and came at a pivotal moment. We really needed that direction, the community and mentoring to help us pivot."
How does it work?
Farmers2Founders is unique- no one else in Australia offers a fully integrated program pathway that helps individual and teams from idea validation through to business growth and international commercialisation.
TEKLAB VIC is structured over a 4 month period and is divided into three key stages. Each stage will involve a selection process with a specific number of participants moving through to the next stage. Anyone who submits an application will get access to the TEKstart online program.
Farmers2Founders will be running multiple TEKLAB programs each year.
Self-paced online program
1:1 coaching session
15 finalists selected to progress to stage 2
Launches 16 May 2022
1:1 business coaching
Practical group sessions
10 selected to progress to stage 3
Launches 8 Aug 2022
Business model design
Connection to strategic channel partners + customers
1:1 coaching, mentoring + experts
High profile events + PR
Launches 17 Oct 2022
How to apply?
Applications are open now!
Click any of the 'APPLY NOW' buttons and fill in the application form. Once you have submitted your form, you will receive access to the TEKStart online program (Stage One).
You can also book a 1:1 chat with the team at a time that suits!
Access your end users via our large network of producers, industry partners, mentors and intermediaries.
Proven track record, producer-centric and exclusively agriculture.
Opportunity to be part of the largest venture creation platform in Australia; ongoing post-program and alumni support.
Strong industry support by 6 Research and Development Corporations.
Essential skills you'll learn
• Agtech startup best practice
• How to test your idea real end users
• Building a sustainable business model
• How to finance your venture/first MVP
• Value chain design
• Marketing and social media
• Building your Go2Market strategy
• Customer acquisition and sales
• Pitching your business
Building Victoria's agtech startup ecosystem
Explore some of the agrifood challenges to be solved today!
TEKLAB VIC is looking for innovative agritech ideas and concepts that will solve a problem on farm or for the agrifood sector.
If you are an individual or team, located in Victoria with an agtech idea, concept or you are an early-stage agtech startup that is addressing any of the following industry challenges we would like to hear from you.