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Global agrifood startups pitching to farmer shark tank in Longford

Published by Melissa Lewarn on 23 November 2023

A cohort of global agrifood startups will pitch their ideas to a shark tank panel of farmers at a unique agricultural innovation event in northern Tasmania this week.

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is partnering with Startupbootcamp Foodtech Tasmania for the Innovate Ag Tas Meetup on Wednesday, 1 November at the Longford RSL.

The TAS hub’s Innovation Knowledge Broker, Sophie Folder, said the event would interest farmers, technology enthusiasts or those just curious about ag innovation.

“This is great opportunity to bring farmers, service providers and industry together with leading global innovators to network, share ideas, knowledge and feedback on what it takes for technology and innovation to be successful,” Mrs Folder said.

“It will be interesting to see the five global agrifood startups pitching their ideas to a farmer shark tank and to hear the frank and honest feedback the farmers provide to this group of innovators.”

The agrifood startups are currently in Tasmania participating in the Foodtech Tasmania Accelerator program where they learn to refine their business models, pitches and strategies to accelerate their growth.

Tom Woolley from Startupbootcamp Foodtech Tasmania said the Longford event would cover some interesting topics.

“You'll hear pitches from up-and-coming founders about brand-new cutting-edge concepts that will innovate and are improving the agriculture and food space including below soil real time fertiliser measurements, green leaf waste conversion to food ingredients, animal microbiota gut health, agriwaste ethanol recovery and agrifood supply chain integrity,” Mr Woolley said.

“The startup businesses are focused on the customer problem meaning they are listening and learning from their customer base about their problems and pains. Engaging with the Longford community is an opportunity to learn about the innovation at the same time as discussing how the solutions may work within a Tasmanian environment.”

The event at the Longford RSL runs from 4pm – 7pm and includes food and light refreshments. Registrations are required at this link.

Attendees will also hear about evokeAG, Australia’s premier agrifood tech event being held on 21-22 February 2024, and can get a copy of the Tasmanian Agricultural Technology Guide.  The guide showcases 100 technologies across four key industries in Tasmania and was recently developed by the TAS Farm Innovation Hub and Beanstalk Agtech with funding from AgriFutures Australia.

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is one of eight hubs nationally funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The hub is based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania and delivered through an extensive network of industry and community partners.

Media contact: Melissa Lewarn, or 0427 354 058.

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