The Western Australian government has lured the AgriFutures evokeAG to Perth in 2024 following its sell out success in Adelaide earlier this year.
The two day tech conference focused on agrifood will take place in the WA capital on February 20-21 next year at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
It had been scheduled for Melbourne in 2024, but AgriFutures managing director, John Harvey said the decision to move the 2024 event west reflects the substantial growth of the agrifood tech community.
“We now require a venue that can accommodate this demand and regrettably there are no suitable venues in Melbourne, available for our desired date,” he said.
Harvey said the sector is now mainstream area of interest for investors, with investment in Australian agrifood tech innovation growing from around US$90 million in 2019 to US$248 million in 2023.
“More broadly we’ve seen a higher volume of quality agrifood tech startups emerge – partially because of new talent in the ecosystem – plus increased resources from government as well as corporates,” he said.
“There are a number of reasons why the West Coast will make a great host state – the proximity to South East Asia, its innovative farmers, a diverse range of industries, strong exporting experience and an established and vibrant agrifood tech innovation community – these are all attributes that will be critical in supporting us to deliver a world-class international event for our domestic and international audiences,.
Event details including speakers, startup and investment programs, networking opportunities, and sideline activities will be released in the coming months. Early bird tickets are expected to go on sale in mid 2023.
Details at evokeag.com
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