Dr Amrutha Vijayakumar and Dr Jacinta Bakker

Green ammonia agtech startup Jupiter Ionics plants $9 million raise

- March 5, 2024 2 MIN READ

A Victorian startup based at Monash University has raised $9 million to develop carbon-neutral “green” ammonia for the agriculture sector. Jupiter Ionics is the result of research by scientists at the university’s School of Chemistry, Prof Doug Macfarlane, and Assoc Prof Alexandr Simonov. The electrochemical technologies they’ve developed has resulted in modular ammonia production systems… Read more »


Applications for the SparkLabs Cultiv8 cleantech accelerator are open

- January 9, 2024 2 MIN READ

Agri-food tech accelerator, SparkLabs Cultiv8 has opened applications for its sixth agri-food tech accelerator. The first cleantech program ran last year. SparkLabs Cultiv8 partner Malcolm Nutt said that with momentum for the sector was increasing rapidly, both in Australia and globally, they plan to focus once again on cleantech agri-food companies in 2024. The program… Read more »

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Queensland has a new program for agtech startups tackling plant health

- September 22, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

A new agricultural innovation program for is setting up in Toowoomba, 125km west of Queensland, to support startups focused on enhancing plant health. The Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba is delivering the open innovation initiative in conjunction with industry body Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). The OpenGround program will bring together scaleups and innovation… Read more »

Sensand founder Peter Moulton

Carbon startup Sensand raises $6 million to make carbon credits transparent for farmers

- July 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

A agtech startup tackling the security and transparency of carbon credits has raised $6 million to take the next big leap in Australia’s digital farming revolution Melbourne-based Sensand brings together agricultural land management, carbon project operations, and environmental markets on a single platform. The funding came in a single cheque from Robert Costa, chair of… Read more »

Cultiv8 Funds Management partners Jonathon Quigley and Malcolm Nutt
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Agtech accelerator Sparklabs Cultiv8 is backing 10 cleantech startups in a new program

- June 2, 2023 3 MIN READ

Agri-food tech accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8 is turning its attention to cleantech startups in a new program to fund and develop them. The SparkLabs Cultiv8 CleanTech Accelerator has selected 10 startups for its initial cohort backed by Malcolm Nutt and Jonathon Quigley’s VC fund Cultiv8 Funds Management. Since its launch in 2017, the SparkLabs accelerator program… Read more »


Sparklabs is hunting for 10 startups to back in its CleanTech accelerator

- April 4, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

Applications for SparkLabs Cultiv8’s cleantech accelerator are open for another fortnight, with space for 10 startups ready to transform the future of agri-food tech.  The global Sparklabs Group invests in early-stage companies and each startup will receive up to A$100,000 in seed funding. Apply here – but get cracking because they close on April 17. … Read more »


Kiwi agtech Halter plants NZ$85 million Series C for its cow collars

- March 31, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

New Zealand agtech startup, which developed a GPS-enabled solar collar that “guides” cows around pastures using sound and vibrations, has raised NZ$85 million (A$79.5m) in a Series C. The round was led by US VC Bessemer Venture Partners with existing backers Blackbird, Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck Kiwi VC Icehouse Ventures and DCVC. Mechanical engineer Craig… Read more »

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LaunchVic is offering $50,000 to agtech startups

- February 23, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

The Victorian government is offering $1.3 million in new funding to the agtech startup sector through LaunchVic. The funding including $1 million under the AgTech Grants Program, which will offer individual grant funding of $50,000 to 20 emerging agtech startups. The program is a partnership between Agriculture Victoria and the state’s startup agency LaunchVic. On top… Read more »