Growing the food industry through skills development, engagement and innovation

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AgriStart connects researchers, growers, start-ups and businesses to drive innovation in the agriculture and food industry.  We facilitate interactions across the different parts of the agri research and business ecosystems to create a funnel of support to help grow food export markets and enhance sustainable production.





who we work with



AgriStart is working with researchers to commercialise their research ideas by helping them identify the potential impact of their research, understand their market needs and connecting them to end users to validate the ideas. We connect researchers to new opportunities in the agri sector.

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Regional Business

Our AgriConnect regional workshops connect growers and agribusinesses to provide opportunities for commercial growth in agtech and food industries. AgriStart facilitates mentoring programs and will deliver a regional webinar series in 2018.                                                


Corporates and Agtech Start-ups

AgriStart delivers unique corporate innovation programs that focus on outcomes for the agricultural industry. We connect start-ups to farmers to trial technology and help access funding. Our Harvest Accelerator in 2018 will enhance support for the agtech sector.               



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Following on from the hugely successful Round 1, the HARVEST Accelerator program will run again in 2018. Expressions of interest are currently being sought from potential participants.



View the HARVEST Accelerator Program promotional video

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Scientific Aerospace was wanting to expand from the mining to the Agricultural sector. Through the AgriStart HARVEST program, we have met a lot of people who are key contacts within that industry. Over the 9 week program, we’ve been blessed to have all kinds of people offer their knowledge and input at no cost to us. We have been able to actually go out and form business relationships with some of those people as a result of them giving us value added information and their direct and indirect support.
— Geoff Trowbridge - Managing Director, Scientific Aerospace, and harvest round 1 participant.
I can highly recommend HARVEST, especially if you are looking to move from a different industry into the agricultural industry and you have no idea how the agricultural industry works. It gives you great knowledge of what to look out for and great contacts within the sector. Our business benefited from HARVEST as it has provided us a network of expertise, with different people, different mentors, as well as strategies to scale a business, and great exposure for MALDI-ID.
— Dr Sofie De Meyer, Director, MALDi-ID and HARVEST Round 1 Participant.
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Mapizy was looking to enter into the agriculture sector and we realised HARVEST was the best avenue to upscale and seek investment. Some of the greatest advantages of the HARVEST program is that we get mentorship in various aspects of running a business, and getting access to the investors network in Perth. We also benefited from talking directly to the farmers, understanding their requirements and verifying some applications that Mapizy has developed in the past.
— Dr Mehdi Ravanbakhsh, CEO, MAPIZY and Harvest Round 1 Participant.