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Young Farmer of the Year backing fruit-picking robot

Australia’s Young Farmer of the Year says robots can play a key role in tackling worker shortages and labour costs for fruit growers, and is helping a Victorian startup develop an autonomous apple-picking machine to do just that.

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    Tim Vetter

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    Wednesday, 21 June 2023

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From Queensland to Germany: A global partnership to drive bioeconomy innovation

A German-Queensland science program is set to nurture innovator and researcher networks. Grants of up to $250,000 are available to Queensland research organisations and partners to work together with German counterparts to co-develop bioeconomy solutions.

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    Judy Kennedy

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    Wednesday, 24 May 2023

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How AgriFutures growAG. helps global agrifood tech startups grow

Are you an agrifood tech founder looking to attract investment, scale operations, find strategic partners or expand your network? AgriFutures growAG. is Australia's premier agrifood innovation platform, and a global gateway to amplify your solution, make meaningful connections and accelerate your path to market. 

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    Samantha Noon

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    Wednesday, 24 May 2023

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Traceability platform seeks $5million investment to boost Aussie export profitability

Revolutionary traceability platform, powered by Orijin Plus is helping build trust and transparency within Australia’s export food chain while driving loyalty and repeat purchases among Asian consumers. Now the Aussie startup is raising a $5 million seed round to support its Singapore launch. 

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    Michelle Meehan

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    Tuesday, 23 May 2023

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UK seeks Australian partners for bilateral Earth observation research

A bilateral UK-Australia space programme geared to maximise agriculture’s climate resilience through the application of Earth observation data and technology, is seeking Expressions of Interest for research funding.

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    Judy Kennedy

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    Thursday, 11 May 2023

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Breakthrough vertical farming solution seeking $1m investment

Gaia Project Australia’s Rejig-Grow System is helping leafy green farmers maximise space and efficiency with an innovative, modular system that expands with natural growth cycles – halving operational costs and doubling yield. With a successful prototype for NASA and global expansion plans GPA is now raising its A$2 million seed round.

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    Wednesday, 19 April 2023

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Artificial intelligence opportunity ripe for the picking

Ripe Robotics is on the hunt for investors to join them on the journey towards automating the food-growing process. Its technology aims to help farmers overcome labour shortages by autonomously picking fruit, with a $2.8 million seed investment round to help expand its fleet^.

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    Tim Vetter

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    Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Infrared monitoring improves irrigation efficiency Global irrigation optimisation solution ready for investment Smart irrigation tech to solve A$5 billion water challenge

Athena IR-Tech's irrigation sensing technology has proven to reduce water use by 35% in Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and up to 75% in Shiraz grapes through monitoring plant transpiration. A unique opportunity now exists for investors and commercial partners to scale its global expansion in wine and horticulture regions.

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    Wednesday, 22 March 2023

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Black soldier fly biotech digester ready for $10m investment

ARC Ento Tech is seeking $10 million Series A funding to help expand its patented waste management technology into global markets. The ARC process utilises the Black Soldier Fly to process mixed solid waste into high grade insect meal and high nutrient fertiliser. After overwhelming feedback from initial trials, the company is ready to take the next step.

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    Tim Vetter

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    Wednesday, 22 March 2023

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Lightning strikes with cultural-inspired innovation to encourage plant growth

Harnessing the power of lightning to advance the science of food production may seem like an impossible task, but a pair of Cairns-based entrepreneurs are turning that dream into reality with Rainstick, an agritech innovation that’s helping speed up growth rates, increase yield and stop mould before it sets in.

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    Monday, 20 March 2023

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Plant-based meat ingredient manufacturer Harvest B ripe for investment

Australia’s first ingredient manufacturer for plant-based meat products, Harvest B, is raising a $A2-2.5m Seed II round to fund its transition from a successful research and development phase to a business with commercial operations and tier 1 FMCG customers.

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    Monday, 20 March 2023

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Open Innovation to help solve livestock export challenges

Australia’s livestock export industry is on the hunt for viable agritech solutions to drive efficiencies and economic benefits across the supply chain. Using Open Innovation, the Livestock Export RD&E Program are now seeking submissions to six key challenges.

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    Thursday, 16 March 2023

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Cellysis extends shelf-life of fresh food, calls for investors

An innovative microbial reduction treatment developed by Victorian food technologist Andrew Inglis has succeeded in extending the shelf life of strawberries, fresh tomatoes and blueberries, in some cases by as much as 400%, and has been up-scaled to pilot plant.

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    Thursday, 02 March 2023

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US$1m cap raise to help The Leaf Protein Co. supply the clean label ingredients plant protein companies want

The growᴬᴳ⋅ team last spoke with Fern Ho 12 months ago, when the product development executive was searching for investors to support market testing for a new plant protein ingredient. So positive was that feedback that The Leaf Protein Co. is back – with a US$1 million opportunity to help The Leaf Protein Co. scale from the lab to pilot production.^

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    Casey Dunn

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    Friday, 17 February 2023

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Opportunity to invest in the tiny chip set to revolutionise animal healthcare

VetChip is setting a new standard in animal healthcare through revolutionary biosensor technology. The easily implantable chip monitors the vital signs of animals great and small, providing real-time information to pet owners, farmers, vets and researchers that can be used to prevent illness and improve quality of life. Expressions of interest for their Series A funding round are now open. 

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    Tim Vettel

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    Tuesday, 14 February 2023

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Bid for CRC for Alternate Proteins aims to capture billion-dollar benefits

Rapid growth in the global demand for protein to feed the world’s burgeoning population is driving a bid to establish a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alternate Proteins in Australia. The opportunity exists for additional partners to join the bid and partner to develop solutions to enhance value, develop new protein production systems, new protein foods and ingredients, functionality, sustainability and capacity of this rapidly expanding sector.

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    Judy Kennedy

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    Sunday, 12 February 2023

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Company Creation workshop seeks food waste solutions

Have you ever had an idea about how to reduce some of that waste? Here's your chance to turn your idea into a business. CSIRO is running an Inspiration + Ideation for Upcycled Ingredients From Food Loss workshop in February to connect idea makers with industry to launch successful new companies under a model called Venture Science.

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    Saturday, 28 January 2023

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‘Just add gravel and fish:’ EcoSystem Farms’ unique solution to growing a food secure future is now seeking investors

EcoSystem Farms has pioneered a soilless farming platform that symbiotically integrates aquaculture with agriculture – boosting yields across both. With the flexibility to produce all manner of crops and farmed fish, anywhere across the world, the Adelaide-based startup is seeking investors to bring to market a product that could transform the way we grow food.

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    Casey Dunn

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    Sunday, 29 January 2023

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