Only months after completing their first program, AgriStart is back with round 2 of their Harvest ag-celerator, and applications for it close midnight Monday!
Having guided eight businesses, including GeoMoby, Wind Turbine, Mapizy and Grubs Up, through topics ranging from pitch-coaching to partnering models earlier this year, the agcelerator (a word we just invented) Harvest is looking to bring a range of workshops, field trips and mentoring sessions to a new group of agtech startups.
This round will be run in partnership with Meat and Livestock Australia, who join the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development as premium partners.
AgriStart managing director and co-founder Dr Natasha Ayers said working with MLA will help bring even more opportunities to the program’s participants.
“Connecting the dots between innovators and industries is a key part of what Harvest is all about,” she said.
“We are delighted to have the support of a national peak body like Meat and Livestock Australia onboard this round and look forward to working with WA businesses looking to connect and grow within this industry.”
Natasha said this program will feature more field trips and conversations with farmers, to help agtechs validate their business models.
Participant in the inaugural program, Scientific Aerospace chief technology officer Joshua Portlock, said Harvest helped build important relationships.
“Scientific Aerospace benefited from participating in Harvest by gaining some great introductions to farmers who are interested in trialling new technologies – these became our reference customers to trial our technology and this helped us decide what was a good scalable business.”
The program’s opportunities aren’t just for Perth-based startups though, with the state government supporting an expansion into the regions.
“This time we are excited to also offer a five-day intensive residential program to be held at the Muresk Institute,” DPIRD agriculture and food lead Susan Hall said.
“The program will cover the same topics but is designed for regional-based companies that cannot commit to travelling to Perth regularly.”
Natasha said the program, which will run from September to November, would be perfect for late-stage startups who have a product that is being tested and bringing in revenue.
Applications for the program close at midnight on Monday 13 August.
To learn more or apply, click here.