Agtech Innovation Challenge

Agtech Innovation Challenge

Welcome to the Agtech and Logistics Hub’s inaugural innovation challenge. The program, launched in October 2021, exists to bridge the gap between challenges faced by the agriculture & logistics industries and solutions (both existing and the creation of new technologies for the future).

The Agtech Innovation Challenge adopts an open innovation approach, we want to hear from industry, problem-owners, researchers, solution-providers & vendors, agribusinesses, and innovators (both early-stage and late-stage businesses).

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The Challenge

Digitisation and automation of the agricultural supply chain to drive efficiencies and sustainability.

Evolving consumer demand for transparency on origin, quality and safety of their food and fibre, coupled with global supply chain disruption and new unforeseen challenges, has created significant opportunities for existing and emerging innovation. Industry, from producers to processors, transport and logistics, distributors and retailers through to consumers globally are more reliant than ever before on the adoption and implementation of digital solutions and automation to grow, manage, scale, deliver and trace products along the entire value chain.

Participants from across the Australian agricultural industry strive to improve, harmonise and deliver innovative solutions to supply chain management and this is resulting in exciting developments in fields such as traceability, computer vision, robotics and automation, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cyber security, internet of things and more.

The program provides a forum for collaboration and innovation through which we hope to redefine how we think about the food and fibre value chain. This is a unique opportunity for innovators to connect with industry leaders, and work with the Agtech and Logistics Hub and its network in solving problems that are critical to the future of our industry.

Who is this for

  • Early stage businesses (startups and scale-ups) that are seeking support to rapidly scale, access Queensland’s food and fibre ecosystem and connect with our industry partners to further validate and commercialise their innovations.
  • Suppliers with in-market products or services (SME or corporate) that are relevant to the challenge and wish to participate in the Hub’s innovation ecosystem and connect with our industry partners.
  • Research projects addressing supply chain digitisation and automation who are seeking to collaborate with the hub’s ecosystem and industry partners and commercialise their solutions.

If you are an agribusiness and interested in finding out more about the challenge and/or potentially work with our innovators, we want to work with you in identifying challenges and opportunities and connecting you to our innovators.

Summary of program

We welcome responses from a wide range of solution providers across Australia. For companies that meet the program eligibility, we will work with you to understand your potential suitability to the challenge, your particular needs and challenges. For a select group, we will work with you through a 6 week process (26 Oct - 13 Dec 2021) to proactively match your innovation with industry. Our objective is to assist you validate, identify commercial fit and opportunities, and find partners.

High potential companies will be offered follow on commercialisation support through the Agtech Accelerator commencing 31 Jan 2022. See our accelerator program page for more information.

Program Benefits

As an applicant, you will be eligible for one or more of the following benefits:

  • Access and membership at the Agtech and Logistics Hub.
  • Access to our mentor network and Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
  • Support in product validation and development.
  • Access to our industry (and supply chain) network.
  • Investment readiness support and investment facilitation through the Hub’s investor network.
  • Opportunities for profile and promotion locally and nationally.
  • Technology perks such as credits for cloud computing service providers.

Finally, startups and scaleups that are looking for further commercialisation and go-to-market support will be invited to join the cohort of the inaugural ATLH Accelerator Program running 31 January to 24 April 2022.

Key dates (Challenge #1)

DateEvent/Milestone
Oct 26, 2021
Open to Responses
Oct 29, 2021 → Dec 8, 2021
Weekly virtual Office Hours (Tuesdays 1pm-2pm) and Coworking Wednesdays at the Agtech and Logistics Hub (Wednesdays 8am - 5pm)
Dec 13, 2021
Applications Close
Dec 23, 2021
Accelerator participation offers to winning participants

Response/Application Process

The Agtech and Logistics Hub seeks submissions from innovators across all sectors and industries. Responses and applications are open now and will close at 11:59 AEST (Brisbane time) 13 December 2021. The application process will seek the following information from prospective participants:

  • The unique nature of your business, technology, or solution and its fit with one or more elements of our problem statement;
  • A detailed and easy-to-understand description of your technology, product, service or solution;
  • A concise description of your business and business model;
  • Your interest in the program and how we can support in achieving your goals;
  • A description of your path to market and ‘key milestones’ for the next stages of your development and strategic evolution as a business/organisation.

Responses and applications are assessed on a rolling-basis.

Note that applications that can demonstrate a readiness to undertake direct trials, technology partnerships, joint ventures, or other significant next steps in their go-to-market journeys within the next six months in Queensland will be viewed favourably.

About Agtech and Logistics Hub: For Industry - Innovators - Investors

Our mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of technologies and innovative solutions that will benefit the agribusiness supply chain. The Hub provides a platform for startups, entrepreneurs, academia, government, industry and innovators to connect, develop and adopt real-world solutions.

We are proudly Industry-Led. If you would like to be part of a growing community of industry partners that are seeking to connect to innovators nationally and internationally, we would love to hear from you.

© Innovation Architects Pty Ltd, 2021.

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