WHAT IS TEKWOMEN VIC?
Women are uniquely placed to solve some of the most challenging issues facing agriculture.
Farmers2Founders wants more women in agtech.. and the industry needs you!
We know diversity drives innovation and so our final cohort for Victoria will focus on supporting aspiring women entrepreneurs who are looking to explore, validate and commercialise a tech solution for agriculture.
Our program will provide you with 1:1 business coaching, access to industry mentors and experts and funding to help build your agtech startup. We will support you to acquire your first customers, build your confidence and capabilities to launch a successful agtech business.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Stage One TEK Start: OPEN NOW
Stage Two Hatch TEK: Week Commencing 12 February 2024
Stage Three Hone TEK: Early May 2024
Free (Sponsored by Launch Vic and Agriculture Victoria).
A hybrid model of online sessions and in-person events.
Work on your agtech startup under the guidance of expert coaches
Build your confidence and capabilities to start a business
Tools and resources to support the development of your startup
Progress through a fully integrated program pathway
Funding to help build your agtech startup
Access our large network of industry mentors, experts and trusted service providers
Connections to potential customers and partners
PR and participation in events
WHO CAN APPLY?
Our program is open to any woman- or team (as along as there is at least 50% women on the team)- in Victoria with a technology idea or concept to solve a challenge on farm or for the agricultural industry. We invite concepts focusing on specific sectors including grains, livestock, horticulture, dairy, fisheries & aquaculture and many more.
You might be:
A tertiary or recently graduated student
A tech enthusiast
An aspiring entrepreneur interested in ag
Note you do not have to be already working in agriculture to apply and we welcome individuals from very diverse backgrounds.
TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS COULD BE
There are many areas of agriculture that could be made more efficient, sustainable and productive. Some tech applications could include:
Irrigation and water management
Animal monitoring, health and nutrition
Pest and disease
Data processing and visualisation
In field sensing and monitoring
Supply chain and logistics tracking
"Thank you to the entire F2F team, this has been an incredible experience! I have really turned my idea into a business and feel equipped with the ongoing support and steps that I need."
HOW IT WORKS
A fully integrated program pathway to help you navigate the different stages of your business journey.
TEKWOMEN VIC is structured over three key stages. Anyone who submits an application will get access to our TEKStart online program. Each stage of the program involves a selection process with a specific number of participants moving through to the next stage.
We will be running multiple programs each year.
STAGE ONE - EXPLORE
Self paced- TEKStart
Self-paced online program.
1:1 coaching session
10-12 finalists selected to progress to stage two
STAGE TWO - VALIDATE
6 weeks- Hatch TEK
1:1 business coaching
Practical group sessions
8-10 selected to progress to stage three
LAUNCHES 12 FEBRUARY 2024
STAGE THREE - LAUNCH
10 weeks- Hone TEK
Business model design
Connections to channel partners + customers
1:1 coaching + mentoring
High profile events + PR
LAUNCHES EARLY MAY 2024
6 November 2023
Applications open on the 6th of November 2023. Click on any of the 'apply' buttons to fill in a simple application form.
4 February 2024
Applications close Sunday 4 February 2024 and we will commence our selection process. We will be in touch with you throughout to keep you updated.
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