Do you have an idea for an agtech solution or value-added product with specific relevance to the Tropical North Queensland Region?
WHAT IS THE TNQ INNOVATION PROGRAM?
Our program equips you with the tools and resources to build a successful agtech or food startup.
The TNQ Innovation program is a pre-accelerator powered by F2F and the TNQ Drought Hub. It is designed to support farmers, researchers, students and aspiring entrepreneurs to accelerate the commercialisation of agrifood solutions that deliver impact to the TNQ region.
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 founding team and launch your MVP into the market.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Stage One Journey Starter- 7 Nov 2022
Stage Two Hatch- 6 Feb 2023
Stage Three Hone- April 2023
Free (Sponsored by the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund).
A hybrid model of online sessions and in-person events.
Tailored support from highly experienced business coaches
Tools and resources to support the development of your startup and build your entrepreneurial capabilities
Progress through a fully integrated program pathway
Funding to help build your startup
Access our large network of industry mentors, experts and trusted service providers
Connections to end-users, intermediaries and channel/distribution partners
PR and participation in events
WHO CAN APPLY?
Our program is open to any person- or team- located in Australia with a tech or agrifood concept directly targeted at creating impact for the TNQ region. Sectors could include sugar, beef, cotton, fisheries and aquaculture, dairy, vegetables, citrus, tropical fruit and many more.
Applicants are not required to reside, or have a registered business in the TNQ region. Those applications that clearly seek to address key challenges faced by producers and the agricultural sectors in TNQ will be strongly favoured.
You might be:
A tech developer
An aspiring entrepreneur
An individual or team looking to work on a solution with TNQ producers
A researcher/research team with an idea ready for commercialisation
AGRIFOOD CONCEPTS COULD BE
There are many areas of agriculture that could be made more efficient, sustainable and productive. Some applications could include:
Accurate and timely assessment and management of biosecurity risks- pests, weeds and diseases.
Reduction of a reliance on labour through automation of repetitive tasks.
Management of pastures and feed during climate variability and drought with specific relevance to livestock and extensive grazing systems.
Reduction of inputs for improved precision applications and minimised costs.
Opportunities for value-added products linked to consumer trends to diversify income and reduce on farm risks.
"The program really helped me understand the solution I was developing and provided practical and useful information and resources. I really enjoyed my coaching sessions and got a lot out of the whole experience."
HOW IT WORKS
A fully integrated program pathway to help you navigate the different stages of your business journey.
The TNQ Innovation program is structured over three key stages. Anyone who submits an application will get access to our Journey Starter online program.
Each stage of the program involves a selection process with a specific number of participants moving through to the next stage. What makes F2F unique is that we offer post-program support to all participants who go through our pathways.
We will be running a number of TNQ Innovation programs each year.
SELF-PACED JOURNEY STARTER
Self-paced online program.
1:1 coaching session
8-10 finalists selected to progress to stage two
Launches 7 November 2022
STAGE TWO - VALIDATE
6 weeks- Hatch
1:1 business coaching
Practical group sessions
6-8 selected to progress to stage three
Launches 6 February 2023
STAGE THREE - LAUNCH
8 weeks- Hone
Business model design
Connections to channel partners + customers
1:1 coaching + mentoring
High profile events + PR
Launches April 2023
7 November 2022
Applications open on the 7 November 2022. Click on any of the 'apply' buttons to fill in a simple application form.
15 January 2023
Applications close on the 15 January 2023 and we will commence our selection process. We will be in touch with you throughout to keep you updated.
We are the largest venture creation platform in Australia
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
SKILLS YOU WILL BUILD
Agrifood 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