Field robotics company Agerris is commercialising robotic agricultural equipment and AI solutions on farms. Agerris launched in April 2019 with one of Australia’s largest AgTech seed funds, spun out of the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics. The team there has secured nearly $30 million in R&D, prototype and operational funding from horticulture,… Read more »
Perth-based SWAN Systems, an agtech startup that helps farmers use less water and fertilisers on the crops thanks to data analysis has been named the world’s best startup in the agtech category at Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Pitch 2020 competition. The company’s cutting edge technology platform, which helps growers schedule, monitor, and optimise management of water, nutrients,… Read more »
AI agtech startup The Yield has signed a major deal with ASX-listed wine giant Treasury Wine Estates
Agtech startup The Yield Technology Solutions has signed a three-year deal with ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates to use its machine learning technology to assist with harvest predictions and grape production. The Yield’s Sensing+ solution users sensors and analytics to provide information and predictions in apps that help commercial vignerons make key production decisions such as… Read more »
End-to-end traceability delivered through blockchain technology could provide a new level of trust and integrity to align with consumers’ growing demands for authenticity on what they consume. Andrew Grant has co-founded several AgTech startups, including smart tracking software solution Trust Provenance, from his base in Adelaide, South Australia. The platform integrates data points along the… Read more »
Agricultural technology has been identified as a key factor if Australia is to achieve the National Farmers’ Federation’s goal of $100 billion annual agriculture production in Australia by 2030 from the current level of about $60 billion. AgTech is a diverse industry ranging from the use of satellites to detect crop health through to robotics… Read more »
An investigation of social network connections – seen as a key indicator of innovation – on LinkedIn between Australia, the US and New Zealand concluded Australia’s agtech sector is falling behind the others. Australia’s agtech network is dominated by a few key players while the US and New Zealand agtech networks are more evenly distributed. Compared… Read more »
Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie are backing a new $30 million venture fund to make agriculture more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. The Tenacious Ventures fund will invest in early-stage startups focused on the agricultural supply chain. The Cannon-Brookes family are backing the fund via their private investment vehicle, Grok Ventures, with… Read more »
An Australian rural startup has devised a planting technique for farmers that can potentially boost crop yields by up to 10% simply by measuring the amount of moisture in the soil when they’re planted. And with water and the ongoing drought playing a critical role in the viability of local farms, the agtech solution by Orange-based… Read more »
A new entrepreneurship program that helps turn farmers into startup founders is currently underway across Australia and now accepting applications for the 2020 program. Farmers2Founders (F2F), was co-founded by Sarah Nolet (AgThentic) and Dr Christine Pitt (Food Futures Company) is an 8-week incubator program that helps producers answer two questions: is their idea worth pursuing;… Read more »
Agronomic analytics company FluroSat has raised $4.6 million to extend the venture’s global reach as farmers get tech savvy about growing crops more efficiently. The funds landed less than a year after the launch of FluroSat’s agtech platform FluroSense, which combines ag modelling and AI in an analytics engine that helps agronomists and farmers… Read more »
SparkLabs Cultiv8, the New South Wales startup accelerator for food and agtech, will hold its annual Demoday in Sydney on Tuesday, September 10. The event which brings together the brightest entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, media and government leaders, while at the same time sector experts will share their insights and global tech trends. It’s also… Read more »
The Elite Robotics team: systems engineer Nathan Bartlett, industrial designer Luke De Bono and CEO Sahil Harriram. Photo: supplied The Hunter Valley, two hours north of Sydney, is best know for wine, horse breeding and coal mining. But it also has a burgeoning startup scene, with more than 50 startups backed up by more than… Read more »
MRT’s Paul Mullins, David Finlay and Gordon Howard with their invention, which helps reduce tractor horsepower in broadacre farming. Australia’s CSIRO invented wifi and now a local startup is using it keep farmers in touch when they’re out in the paddocks as part of the latest cohort in agtech accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8. Seven startups have… Read more »
Artesian Venture Partners has partnered with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to launch GrainInnovate, a $50 million agtech fund.
Schultz will work with cofounders Andrew Grant and Remo Carbone to develop and commercialise technology for the food, wine, and agriculture industries.