HARVEST participant Sofie De Meyer wins 40Under40 Awards
Established by Business News, the 40under40 Awards program is designed to recognise and celebrate Western Australia's 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40. The program recognises not only personal determination and commercial drive, but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance these young individuals' professional achievements, recognising the less public contributions to the welfare of Western Australia.
After an academic career researching bacteria in legumes, Sofie founded Maldi-ID, a business which aims to provide a faster, cheaper way for famers to identify and ensure that they have the ideal kind of nitrogen fixing bacteria on their legume roots, reducing the need for fertilisers.
Sophie was a participant of the Agristart’s three month HARVEST accelerator program supporting late-stage start-ups and SMEs looking to scale their businesses. The HARVEST program includes more than 40 industry experts from local and global businesses. It covers topics such as strategic expansion planning, export pathways, applying new technologies, investor readiness, pitch coaching, media training and concludes with a pitch day to a large group of capital investment companies.