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Reframing the ‘down under’ narrative: Reflections from World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit

More than 2300 agrifood businesses, technology giants, startups, corporates, research institutions and investors gathered in San Francisco in March for the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit – and AgriFutures growAG.  was on the ground to make new connections, David Lord, Manager Engagement, growAG., reflects on the experience and what it means for the Australian agritech sector. 

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    David Lord

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    Tuesday, 14 May 2024

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Eco-friendly biosecurity solution ready for Australian agrifood market

Residual Barrier Technology (RBT) has developed an eco-friendly nebuliser and disinfectant solution that’s set to benefit a plethora of industries with 99.999% protection against viruses, bacteria and fungi. The United Kingdom (UK) startup is now seeking investment and research partners to support its regulatory pathway into the Australian agrifood market, and scale distribution. 

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    Samantha Noon

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    Thursday, 09 May 2024

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How UK and Australia are driving agritech innovation to tackle global food security

In an effort to maximise agritech innovation, the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia joined forces at AgriFutures Australia’s evokeAG. 2024 as part of Innovate UK’s two-week delegation exploring Australia’s vibrant agrifood tech ecosystem, garnering valuable partnership opportunities, and vital knowledge exchange. 

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    Samantha Noon

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    Thursday, 09 May 2024

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AgTech uptake boosted from paddock to plate in South Australia

Government research bodies in South Australia (SA) are actively boosting the application of agrifood tech from paddock to plate through an innovative program that funds demonstration farms, producer-driven programs and a food pilot laboratory to provide proof of concept products to industry.

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    Judy Kennedy

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    Wednesday, 08 May 2024

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Banana waste tech offers ‘golden’ opportunity for Australian distilling industry

UK biotech startup, LyteGro’s solution converts the pulp of waste bananas into a proprietary liquid supplement to turbocharge metabolic processes offering high-value for Australia’s distilling industry. An exciting joint venture opportunity now exists for Australian investors, banana growers and authorities to scale production plants.

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    Samantha Noon

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    Thursday, 18 April 2024

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AgriFutures growᴬᴳ⋅ hits AU$150 million in three years

AgriFutures growAG., the Australian agritech innovation platform, today announced it had facilitated over $150 million in global startup investment as it celebrated its third birthday.

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    Kristin Westlake

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    Friday, 12 April 2024

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UK food waste solution geared for global impact, seeks investment partners

UK tech startup, OSY Group is tackling food waste across the supply chain with its innovative shelf-life extension solution, and is now seeking investment to drive international growth, following its United Kingdom (UK) rollout. After attending AgriFutures evokeAG. 2024 as part of the Innovate UK delegation, OSY Group has garnered positive engagement with key collaborators in the APAC region.   

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    Samantha Noon

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    Thursday, 28 March 2024

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Global connections help drive Australian agrifood tech innovation

In a captivating discussion at AgriFutures evokeAG. 2024, international panellists, Peter Wren-Hilton and Rebecca Robinson together with Harriet Mellish, explored how AgriFutures growAG. is helping ignite global connections and the value of partnering with Australia.

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    Samantha Noon

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    Tuesday, 12 March 2024

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Let 100 flowers really bloom: how a lack of diversity in agrifood is holding it back

Statistically speaking, my daughters are underrepresented. They’re female, regionally located, and one has a disability.  

Recently, I asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. One wants to work in an office and drink coffee “like Mummy”, and the other wants to be a doctor. 

I asked them about being a scientist, or a farmer, to which they replied “no, that’s for daddies”.

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    Harriet Mellish

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    Thursday, 07 March 2024

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Female pitch event launched at powerhouse Perth gathering

Female food and agtech innovators will have the chance to pitch their commercial opportunity to a room of industry professionals and investors as part of a new pitch event announced last week at the XFactor Breakfast on the opening morning of AgriFutures Australia evokeAG. event in Perth.  

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    Susannah White

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    Wednesday, 28 February 2024

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Navigating and finding your tribe in the agrifood tech and innovation ecosystem

To build an extensive network that can support your development, you need to know who’s who in the zoo. This takes time and research – but what if there was a more direct route? AgriFutures growAG. platform is brimming with expertise listing over 3000 research projects, 100 current opportunities and 400 organisations that specialise in agrifood tech and innovation and has facilitated more than 1,500 connections through the platform. 

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    Nicolette Roberts

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    Thursday, 15 February 2024

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Get ready; Meet 25 delegates heading to evokeᴬᴳ⋅ 2024 - and the partnerships they’re seeking

Are you gearing up for AgriFutures evokeAG. 2024 and looking to forge high-value partnerships? Let us introduce you to some of the delegate organisations who will be heading to Perth on 20-21 February 2024 – and explore the world leading research, technologies, and commercialisation opportunities they’re currently offering. And where will you find these opportunities? Right here on AgriFutures growAG. 

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    Nicolette Roberts

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    Wednesday, 14 February 2024

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How GrainInnovate and growᴬᴳ⋅ are building connections down under to solve global food challenges

The grain industry is a vital part of Australia’s economy, supplying 25% of the country’s agricultural gross value of production.

Nigel Hart, managing director of Australia’s Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), says that given its important role in the food system — both at home and abroad — it’s critical that Australia’s grain industry fosters innovation through all available partners, including agtech startups. Tools that strengthen soils and yields, optimize input use, boost farm productivity and deliver, high-value, cleaner ingredients will ultimately help growers and food companies stay profitable in the face of climate change and shifting consumer preferences.

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    Jennifer Marston

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    Thursday, 08 February 2024

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The new growᴬᴳ⋅ user portal – a new and improved way to navigate the world of agrifood innovation

growAG. has around 9000 users per month. More than 50 per cent of our site visitors are from global markets, which really broadens our reach. This is important, not just to drive investment, but to show innovators across the world that Australia has the infrastructure and mindset to foster innovation, that we can test and develop their tech here. growAG. contributor Judy Kennedy sat down with Rebecca Bradford to explore how you can get the most out of growAG.   

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    Judy Kennedy

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    Thursday, 08 February 2024

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Keen to know if your research is on point? CSIRO’s ON Prime pre-accelerator is for you

CSIRO is searching for the next cohort of researchers ready to build the confidence and skills to undertake customer discovery and market validation activities that can take their research further. Here, four ON Prime alumni explain how CSIRO’s pre-accelerator delivers all that – and much more. 

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    Casey Dunn

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    Monday, 05 February 2024

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Gaining traction on growᴬᴳ⋅: The secret sauce to a great opportunity

Raising funds for your startups – no matter what stage you are at – is no easy task. So, what tactics should you employ to attract the right investors to your funding round, or prospective strategic partners? growᴬᴳ⋅ contributor Judy Kennedy sat down with David Lord, Manager Engagement, growᴬᴳ⋅ to explore essential considerations for startups when crafting an investment opportunity on growᴬᴳ⋅.

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    Judy Kennedy

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    Wednesday, 17 January 2024

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