The AgTech Seeds program is ideally suited to people at the start of their innovation journey.
The program provides fledgling founders with a supportive environment in which to partner with researchers to test their ideas, upskill quickly, fail fast, develop an MVP and launch a sustainable enterprise.
Rocket Seeder's AgTech Seeds program is suitable for the following groups of people:
Aspiring Victorian AgTech entrepreneurs
Innovative researchers and research teams at Victorian universities and research organisations
Farmers and producers with a great idea, looking to scale this in Australia and beyond!
This program will help you build a network with others who share your passion and ambition - to build a team and launch a company to solve pressing issues in the agriculture sector
Are you interested in AgTech Seeds but live outside of Victoria?
Send us an email to express your interest
AgTech Seeds Cohort 2
A D2C subscription service delivering seedlings direct to door empowering time and information poor people to engage in growing food at home. By empowering these people to grow, our hypothesis is that it will create a ripple effect of more home gardeners, more community gardeners, and consumers who place value on the way food is grown. It will create local jobs in community gardens, by utilising existing growing tunnel capacity to create growing hubs.
Harveston is developing a process and certain components that will revolutionise the harvesting and storage of almonds globally. Our product will allow growers to harvest directly into a storage pod and, using controlled air flows, dry and store their product (in husk almond) until they are able to send it for processing. With developments in harvesting technology their product would store processed products (in shell almond) for drying and conditioning directly off the harvester.
AEI is looking to develop intelligent and automated energy solutions that give farmers / irrigators control of their costs, time and resources, while simultaneously creating a more sustainable energy grid.
Fifth Harvest grows food in inner cities areas by deploying tech-driven, hyper-local, commercial-scale vertical farms, helping our food system reach net zero by 2035. Fifth Harvest is building Australia’s largest network of vertical, urban farms to deliver hyper-local produce to restaurant groups, wholesalers and retailers that tastes better, lasts longer and is packaged sustainably.
Viti-X is a marketplace connecting grape growers with winemakers. They want to be the central place to source and purchase fruit for the production of wine, whilst providing fair equitable contracts that support all parties involved.
The system is a unique software which displays in-depth herd data, simplified for ease of use and ultimately identifies potential genetic gain. By producing an extensive data analysis of each individual cow's performance and benchmarked against the farms actual milk revenue, it ranks the herd using a financial custom index that incorporates all the factors that affect farm profitability.
Greens4goodFarms Organic Aquaponics seeks to bring aquaponics to our local market using commercially viable strategies to grow nutritious vegetables using the most sustainable agriculture systems available.
Applications for AgTech Seeds Program 3 are now open
Key dates for AgTech Seeds Program 3
Applications open: 9th January 2023
If you have any questions, please email: email@example.com
AgTech Seeds Webinar Series
Are you curious to find out what it takes to build and launch innovative products in the agriculture and food sector? Every startup founder has their own origin story and battle scars to accompany their growth.
Join us online for the AgTech Seeds webinar series and hear from leading start-up founders and their researchers!
Solving tomorrow's problems
Prof. Ruth Nettle
In this webinar, Professor Nettle will introduce you to a way of thinking about the diversity of your farmer customers and applying segmentation to plan a marketing or service strategy to engage with farmers ‘where they are at’.
In this webinar, you will hear how James Diamond from Air Agri, one of our most recent alumni, talk about his founder journey and how a pre-accelerator like AgTech Seeds helped him on his journey.
Prof. David Hughes
In this webinar, you will hear Professor Hughes, shed light on current consumer trends driving the global food sector in developed countries, and how this can inform agtech innovation.
Fireside chat with
In this fireside chat, you hear from Emma Weston, co-founder of AgriDigital, share her firsthand experience on what has enabled AgriDigital's success to date, as well as reflections on how this success could have been enhanced and accelerated by access to research in Australia's universities.
Fireside chat with
Jordy Kay &
In this fireside chat, you will hear how Jordy Kay, co-founder of Great Wrap, came to work with Eddie Attenborough, a chemical engineer from Monash University, to develop the proprietary technology that forms the basis of Australia's only compostable cling wrap using food waste diverted from landfill.
Fireside chat with
& Alex Arnold
In this fireside chat, you will hear from the co-founder's of Bardee, Phoebe Gardner (and architect) and Alex Arnold (a geneticist and cherry farmer), about how the came together to create and rapidly scale a circular food system with insects!
Fireside chat with
In this fireside chat, you get the opportunity to hear David Lyall, co-founder of Bee Innovative, share his firsthand experience on what has enabled him success to date, as well as reflections on what he would do differently next time to accelerate the launch and growth of the company.
AgTech Seeds Case Studies
Cohort 1 - EHydroponics
Among the first AgTech Seeds cohort were trio Adam Wang, Ke Ma and Jeff Peng who are developing vertical hydroponic technology with intelligent growth algorithms and IoT sensors to set new standards for fully controlled agriculture.
Cohort 1 - AirAgri
Third-generation cattle and sheep producers James and Paul Diamond were part of Rocket Seeder’s first AgTech Seeds program which ran from July to October 2022.
What is this program focused on?
This pre-acclerator is committed to supporting 160 Victorian AgTech entrepreneurs in 2022-24.
Supporting solutions that encourage the use of tech in agriculture, horticulture, and aquaculture in various forms
We want to work with Australian founders who are solving problems
The AgTech Seeds Pre-accelerator Program supports the creation of early-stage AgTech startups in Victoria by bringing together “hybrid” teams of aspiring AgTech entrepreneurs and researchers creating AgTech-applicable IP/know-how at Victorian universities/PFROs.
It will facilitate entrepreneur-researcher matches to increase startup investability and value, and help teams validate the market for their idea and technology and engage with potential Victorian early-adopter customers.
What is AgTech? (in the context of this program)
AgTech uses digital technology to provide the agricultural industry with the tools, data and knowledge to make more informed and timely on-farm decisions and improve productivity and sustainability.
Areas of application may include plant or animal science, crop protection & Input management, precision agriculture, indoor agriculture, sensors & smart farm equipment, imagery, animal technologies, processing & packaging, supply chain and hardware.