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Highlights from Australian agrifood innovation.

Seeking opportunity

New app allows investors to back farm production

Innovative Invest-Inya-Farmer fintech app offers investors “a farm in your pocket” and a slice of food production’s profits, as well as giving farmers access to new capital without taking out bank loans. After successfully working with the cattle, oyster and bee industries, Founder Nathan McPhee is seeking engagement from farm collaborators in broadacre cropping, fruit and vegetable industries.

Investment opportunity

Investment opportunity: On-farm trials platform giving agribusiness and growers more accurate insights

Laconik is seeking investors and partners to take their on-farm trials platform to the next level. Laconik helps companies bring new products to market quicker and with less risk by enabling growers and agribusinesses to test new products at a whole-of-paddock level. The platform captures data and assesses product performance in a way that cannot be done in small pilot trials. 

Commercial opportunity

Almond farming pioneers introduce analyser of the future

A multi-generational family business among the first almond growers in Australia has developed the SureNut Analyser - the world’s first analyser to automate the quality assurance process and scan for aflatoxin in almonds. They are now looking to engage with sorter manufacturers to give the technology a global reach.

Investment opportunity

‘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.

Article by CSIRO

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.

Innovation Hub

ANU and CSIRO join forces on elite innovation hub for agritech

Two of the world’s most highly regarded research bodies, ANU and CSIRO, are offering up their elite researchers and state-of-the-art facilities at a new innovation hub to support emerging products and businesses in the agriculture food space.

Green opportunity: Asia-Pacific investments geared to tackle climate change

The Asia-Pacific bucks global venture capital decline, with India surpassing China as the powerhouse in the first half of 2022, and farm tech deals doubling in the region. Here Louisa Burwood-Taylor breaks down AgFunder’s 2022 Asia-Pacific AgriFoodTech Investment Report, and Tegan Nock of LoamBio, an Australian microbial tech startup, digs deep into the rich opportunities for farmers to decarbonise our planet.

Investment opportunity

The advanced technology helping viticulture adapt to climate change

The grip of climate change is being felt in the world’s vineyards - disrupting practices that have been built up over thousands of years. Small changes in temperatures are resulting in large fluctuations in yield and quality across seasons. Deep Planet says viticulture is the canary in the coal mine for the broader agriculture industry and is seeking investment to further develop the next generation of monitoring solutions to help winemakers adapt.

Investment opportunity

Platypus machine billed as the future of grain and cereal imaging

Industrial automation company Indyn has developed the world-leading “Platypus” analyser, taking human error out of the grain inspection process to revolutionise biosecurity and agri-trade. The founders are ready to go global and are seeking the right business partners to help them do it. 

Podcast

How marine algae can help droughtproof agriculture

Graeme Barnett, Managing Director & CEO of Qponics speaks in a podcast about their innovative marine microalgae solution, how it can help droughtproof agriculture and become a major player in the future of protein production. Qponics is now seeking a $1m bridging round to scale the co-production of protein-rich food ingredients and high-value oils

Commercial opportunity

MLA seeks global solution providers to enhance Australia’s red meat supply chain

Meat & Livestock Australia is seeking expressions of interest from global collaborators with solutions to objectively measure value characteristics – from productivity, welfare and eating quality to marbling potential – in live animals. With the potential to transform decision-making for producers, feedlotters, and processors, it’s a research priority that’s turning a lot of heads.