As we wrote on our blog earlier in August, Agworld was once again a proud sponsor AgriStart’s Harvest Agtech accelerator this year. AgriStart aims to connect and grow disparate parts of the agri-sector through acceleration, facilitated collaboration, technology and mentoring. They connect innovators, farmers and researchers by delivering holistic programs that nurture effective collaborations, provide opportunities for mentorship, market development and investor readiness.
Last week saw the WA Agtech and Regional Innovation showcase take place, which was the final event in the AgriStart Harvest 2.0 accelerator program, and all companies pitching were recent graduates of the program. Participants were in the running for prizes, based on performance throughout the accelerator and potential for future growth. The keynote speaker of the night was Agthentic CEO Sarah Nolet, who emphasised the need for Australia to continue leveraging our strong agricultural industry to compete globally in Agtech.
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The showcase featured a wide range of ideas, products and services including hemp technology, precision farming, data aggregation, IoT devices, as well as new and emerging industries such as camel milk production. Agworld, together with Hopgood Ganim Lawyers, sponsored the business growth award which was taken out by Jonathon Smith of Stratus Imaging. Stratus Imaging focuses on providing growers and other agriculture related businesses with high-resolution aerial imaging that helps create powerful insights in managing yield-limiting factors.
Agworld general manager for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa Simon Foley remarks: “I think initiatives like the Harvest accelerator are critical for the prosperity of WA and Australia’s agricultural industry. Australia is a world leading agricultural producer and the diversity, quality and quantity of the products we produce is second to none. To remain competitive as a country, we must continue to invest in fresh ideas and emerging technologies, Which is exactly what AgriStart’s Harvest program is fostering. I’ve seen some fantastic ideas and technologies during the showcase and I’m sure that many of these young businesses will flourish in future.”
The Agworld team wishes all Harvest 2.0 participants good luck with their new ventures!