Nikolai Macnee

Kiwi agritech Metrovate plants NZ$1 million Seed raise

- May 16, 2024 2 MIN READ

New Zealand agritech startup Metrovate has raised NZ$1 million (A$920k) to develop its precision plant growth “biostimulant”. The investment was made by early-stage accelerator and commercialisation firm Sprout Agritech with support from its investment partners, US-based Finistere Ventures, Kiwi dairy giant Fonterra and venture builder OurCrowd, as well as the Te Pokapū Auaha Callaghan Innovation’s… Read more »

Agrifutures female farmer
Ag tech

Here’s what evokeAG revealed about the future of Australian agtech

- March 19, 2024 3 MIN READ

 In the East coast bubble, it’s easy to forget that Australia’s economy is in large part powered by heavy industry and of course, agriculture. Recently, the technology and agriculture sectors collided at the evokeAG conference in Perth, organised by Agrifutures Australia. Within a theme of Exceptional Edge, Agrifutures Chair Cathy McGowan highlighted the importance of connecting, building communities… Read more »

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Ag tech

VC Sarah Nolet on the lessons for agritech from evokeAG

- February 27, 2023 3 MIN READ

After three long years, evokeAG finally returned, bringing the Australian agri-food tech industry together. We loved meeting and reconnecting with friends and collaborators over the past few engaging, thought-provoking, and exhausting (in the best way possible) days. ‍evokeAG also provided an opportunity to reflect on what we, as an industry, have collectively achieved so far,… Read more »


Oyster tech startup Oceanfarmr raises $1.45 million bridge round from global accelerator Katapult

- November 25, 2022 2 MIN READ

NSW tech startup Oceanfarmr, previously known as SmartOysters, has raised$1.45 million in a bridging round. Oceanfarmr is one of 23 impact tech startups to receive investment from Katapult VC and its accelerator program, selected from 1,900 candidates in 62 countries. The fresh capital will allow the aqua farming tech and finance startup to ramp up… Read more »

Jeremy Bryant

AI-based ‘Siri for farmers’ digital assistant Aimer raises NZ$1 million

- November 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

An artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled digital assistant called Aimer has raised NZ$1 million to help dairy farmers with pasture management Kiwi startup Aimer Development was backed by food and agritech accelerator Sprout in the fifth of 30 $1 million investments the VC plans to make. Aimer founder and Chief Technical Officer Jeremy Bryant has spent more than… Read more »

Drone, farm, agriculture, agtech

Why Australian agtech needs talent with a wide range of experience

- May 15, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australia is well-positioned to build and maintain a large and healthy agricultural industry ($81 billion of production in 2021/22). Australia also has a unique opportunity to leverage our higher-education infrastructure, skilled workforce and sophisticated capital markets to integrate modern technology into our agricultural industry for the purpose of vastly improving the volume of high-quality agricultural… Read more »


Kiwi agritech startup Protag raises $1m

- February 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

New Zealand agritech startup Protag has raised NZ$1 million for its smart ear tag sensors for the dairy industry. Investment firm Sprout led the round, with support from US-based Finistere Ventures, Kiwi dairy giant Fonterra, and Israeli venture builder OurCrowd, with support from NZ government agency Callaghan Innovation’s Technology Incubator Programme. The cash will fast… Read more »


Kiwi agritech Croptide plants $1 million pre-seed round to tackle water scarcity

- December 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

New Zealand agritech startup Croptide, which transmits plant water health to a farmer’s phone in seconds, has raised $1 million in pre-seed funding. The round led by Icehouse Ventures with support from Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 and Masfen Group. Croptide uses internet-enabled sensors to provide timely water measurement data to fruit and wine grape growers.… Read more »

Loam Bio

Climate change agritech Loam Bio raises $40 million in series A

- October 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

Decarbonisation startup Loam Bio, which uses microbes microbes to sequester carbon in farm soils, has raised $40 million in a series A. The round is led by Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures. Other investors include Main Sequence Ventures, Horizons Ventures, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Acre Venture Partners, Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures, Lowercarbon Capital, and Fiona… Read more »

Other tech

A $90 million plant to produce methane-reducing cattle feed using seaweed is being built in South Australia

- June 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Construction of the first processing plant to use a seaweed-based feed supplement for cows to reduce their methane production by 90% will begin near Port Pirie towards the end of this year. The $90 million advanced processing facility will be built by Pirie Meats, with CH4 Global, Organic Technology Holdings and Siemens Australia signed up… Read more »


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… Read more »