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The region’s biggest agrifood tech event is looking for startups to pitch at it

- August 27, 2019 2 MIN READ

 

The Asia Pacific’s largest agrifood tech event, evokeAG, is coming to Melbourne next February and lifting its startups game with four agrifood tech startups being given the chance to will pitch directly to an invitation-only investor dinner, alongside room for 40 startups to showcase their wares.

evokeAG, 18-19 February, 2020, at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building is being organised by AgriFutures Australia.

Managing Director John Harvey, said next year’s event will see a focus on providing opportunities for startups to build their customer base, as well as being able to appeal to investors.

“The new Startup Program for evokeAG. 2020 will showcase startups within the agrifood tech ecosystem. This showcase will complement the wider event program and has a renewed focus on exposing startups to an international audience,” he said. 

“This year we had 1,100 delegates at our event representing a cross-section of industries. Corporates, investors, government and other key stakeholders from all over the world – it’s a melting pot for budding businesses.

There are four opportunities for startups  at evokeAG. 2020:

  1. The Startup Showcase – Local Ecosystem: a platform for local (Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands) startups to showcase their ideas in front of an international audience.
  2. The Startup Showcase – International Scale-ups: a platform for international startups who are interested in solving global problems facing the Australian agricultural sector and/or expanding their business into Australia.
  3. Startup Alley: up to 40 agrifood tech startups will have a space to exhibit their products
  4. Investor Pitch: a standalone event on the eve of evokeAG. 2020. Startups will pitch directly to an invitation-only investor audience over dinner.

George Peppou, evokeAG. Startup Program Steering Committee member, who co-founded Sydney lab-grown meat from animal stem cells  startup VOW said they’ll be looking for products that solve big problems in the agrifood sector to produce food or fibre to take part.

“Big ambitions and focusing on global problems is also a huge draw card for the selection panel,” he said. 

Applications are now open and close Friday, 13 September 2019.

More information is available here

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