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 1
Matthew is developing a direct-to-restaurant and wholesale edible greens and flowers business.
Angus is looking to start an agricultural drone service that maps out farmland to identify weeds, pest infestation and poor performing plant growth areas.
Justin wants to investigate the idea of turning wastewater into an organic nitrogen and phosphorus fertiliser using algal phycology.
E-Hydroponic combines proven vertical hydroponic technology with intelligent growth algorithms and IoT sensors to automatically balance light, water and nutrient content and set new standards for fully controlled agriculture.
James wants to revolutionize the indoor farming industry. He is developing an integrated hydroponic indoor smart garden system.
Garry leads the GRDC national pulse breeding program, developing niche field pea and lentil varieties to supply the high growth plant based protein market.
Tim is developing a platform that creates wildlife corridors on private land to offset your carbon footprint.
FFF aims to incorporate passive solar greenhouses to extend the growing season while also implementing a closed loop protective farming system that reduces water usage.
Connect Farming is a customisable farm management platform for farmers to access their information.
Applications are now OPEN for AgTech Seeds Program 2
Applications close: 28 November 2022
Program dates: 3 February to end April 2023
If the above dates don't work for you, we will be running two more programs -
in Q3/4 2023 and Q1/2 2024
If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.