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The AgriStart HARVEST AgTech Accelerator program was successfully launched in early 2018, with 8 diverse and innovative businesses successfully completing the program. Due to the large number of quality applications, the program will run again in September and Round 2 will also include an intensive residential Agri-Innovation accelerator for regional participants

The HARVEST Accelerator programs target late-stage start-ups and SMEs looking to scale their business, attract investment, develop new networks/partnerships or explore new export markets. Participants will be mentored by expert growth facilitators who have high level expertise in corporate innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, agriculture and research connections. 

The goal of HARVEST is to support companies to scale and explore new export opportunities, while facilitating connections across the agriculture sector. We welcome expressions of interest from applicants working on innovations that have applications in any part of the diverse agricultural sector, including broadacre cropping, meat and dairy, horticulture, viticulture, forestry and biosecurity. 

The HARVEST program is ideal for businesses that are:

  • Based in Western Australia and looking to expand.
  • Working on innovations to help solve problems in agriculture.
  • Willing to commit a minimum of one staff member to the program.
  • Looking for new partnerships, investment opportunities or market access.





(PERTH SEP - NOV 2018)



The HARVEST Agtech Accelerator will be held over 11 weeks from the 13th September to 22nd November 2018 (1 day per week commitment required), plus a Showcase/Pitch Event at the end of November. The program includes expert presenters for each topic, interactive workshops, panel sessions, networking events and also features two field trips in weeks 3 and 10 (TBC).






The HARVEST residential intensive program will be delivered at the Muresk Institute between 17th -21st September 2018. Topics covered will be similar to above, with all meals and accommodation provided for successful applicants. Each day will feature expert presenters, panel discussions, interactive workshops, individual reflection time, networking activities and field trips or tech demos. Regional based companies will be given priority for this program. 




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The first HARVEST Accelerator provided incredible opportunities for Western Australian agtech start-ups and delivered new collaborations, product trials, new clients/distributors, or potential investment opportunities for all companies. Round 1 participants accelerated their investor readiness, and those that were open to new capital injection have been given direct introductions to investment groups from Perth Angels plus Venture Capital firms from WA, interstate and Asia.    


Convergio is an Industrial Technology company that applies its expertise in IoT, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence and Process Automation to solve real-world problems and drive measurable business performance improvements. We work with major clients in Mining, Water, Power, Energy Resources and Utilities. We use a collaborative approach to deliver elegantly simple and well engineered solutions. Find out more about Convergio.


MALDIID Pty Ltd performs rapid and efficient nodule bacteria identification without the need to culture the bacteria. Analysis is quick and inexpensive so producers can sample their paddocks and be acting on the results in less than a fortnight. This allows producers to make better decisions about whether inoculation has been successful, and if effective nitrogen fixation is occurring.  Find out more about MALDIID. Find out more about MALDIID.


The GeoMoby Cloud Solution provides real time highly precise location services, indoors & outdoors, that can be coupled with LTE (Long-Term Evolution) communication protocols to ensure long battery life to IoT devices attached to livestock or assets. Our advanced GeoFencing platform provides various location shapes (polygons/virtual lines), triggers (entry/exit/dwell) coupled with conditions such as weather and alerts. Find out more about GeoMoby


P&A Pan are a second generation, family run business, operating for fifty years.  We used to grow tomatoes and rockmelons, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, and cauliflowers. We evolved into baby leaf lettuce which is machine harvested, making it more efficient with less labour.  We are also growing spinach, chinese herbs, tatsoi, mizuna and rocket.  Most recently we have started to mix our own lettuce where we harvest, wash and deliver in the same day which is a niche market.


Grubs Up insect farm was established in 2016 after 2 years of dreaming big, and researching the potential of insect production for animal feed and human food in Australia. Our founder, Paula is passionate about agriculture and primary industries, and understood that the pressure for change are paramount. That’s when she asked the question – Why can’t insects replace traditional sources of protein? The answer – Yes, there is huge potential for producing insects as a protein source. Find out more about GrubsUp here. 

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ScientificAerospace is focused on designing and producing world leading high precision aerial surveying solutions for the resources, energy, telecommunications, ecological and agriculture industries. With over a decade of experience, ScientificAerospace is the trading name of Cyber Technology (WA) Pty Ltd, which was one of the first UOC holders in Australia in 2011 and was the first Multi-Rotor RPAS training provider in 2014. Cyber Technology became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sci.Aero Pty Ltd in 2015 to focus on commercial industries. Find out more about ScientificAerospace.


Mapizy is a computer vision company focused on change detection through image data. Our mission is to quantify the changing planet and create advanced analytics for the industry.  Mapizy’s machine learning platform can rapidly process satellite, drone and terrestrial imagery data and create accurate inventory of crops, trees, weeds, pests and diseases. Equipped with this new type of information, agriculture businesses can make better decisions and improve performance.  Find out more about Mapizy.


Windturbine identified an issue with remote water pumping requirements and how these systems are not “pump on demand capable” and also run on only 1 power source being wind or solar, Windturbines solution is to combine wind and solar along with battery storage to provide a full 24 hour power production and pump on demand solution to remote pumping requirements. Find out more about WindTurbine.