AgTech Seeds Cohort 1 2022
The Rocket Seeder Community is a vast network of well-connected individuals in the agriculture and food industries, start-up sector, education, venture capital, researchers and of course our alumni. There’s no one we don’t know. And it’s all here for founders to access. Read about our alumni’s inspiring stories.
AgTech Seeds Cohort 3 2023
Ninth Path Mushrooms grow mushrooms and develop value added products with them and leverage mushroom cultivation waste to produce quality compost as a basis for a product (high quality/bespoke compost) or service (soil regeneration).
OutbreakSafe is a platform able to forecast outbreaks and provide farmers with actionable data.
Herb Connect is a marketplace to connect growers and users of medicinal herbs. Support, education and advocacy for growers = high quality equitable products for consumers.
Peter is developing a sustainable and mechanised 'test' enterprise for growing strawberries vertically in custom designed and made towers. He is also developing tissue culture techniques for revitalising heritage strawberry breeds. A vertical growing system for growing produce is advantageous in minimised land use area, energy requirements, and water and nutrient supply.
Cass and Kemperly have developed a farm sensor technology and algorithms that measure grain quality traits (grain value) on the fly.
Mark has developed an instrument designed and built to measure physical quality traits of seeds and grains. The instrument is currently patent pending and has been developed for rice seeds, but can be easily adapted for other grains. There is a general lack of computer-vision based instruments to measure physical grain quality traits. The instrument would also potentially find a niche for global rice and grain handlers and traders.
Agriculture customers need solutions to specific problems (say crop growth or disease resistance). A perfectly curated digital agriculture solution involves sensors to measure different crop parameters to help producers make informed decisions. This technology will make the system simpler for every farmer to use. Digital agriculture technologies include a combination of hardware and software components to make our agricultural systems more productive and resilient to climate change, disease and pest tolerant, high yielding, efficient in managing resources.
Penny is supporting the emerging industrial hemp industry through research and development. This is an emerging industry so there is a lot to learn about growing the crop, traits for end use and target markets.
Buzz Certified aims to bolster Native Bee populations by creating an umbrella body dedicated to the preservation of endangered, threatened and protected Australian animals. Initially, it will provide certification to Australian commercial Beekeepers for committing to keeping Native Bees alongside existing European Honey Bees. This will increase awareness about Native Australian Bees and allow consumers to buy with transparency to support native wildlife. It will additionally allow the Australian agriculture industry to be future-proofed against any unforeseen natural disasters and/or intrusive pests which threaten our ability to pollinate crops and provide food for the nation.
Purplegrain is an online marketplace which allows users to list, book, and schedule their contract agricultural services. It is currently a web-based browser platform, but has been built to enable easy transition to an app environment. Current service categories include harvesting, seeding, spreading, mulching, hay & silage. As more users are added to the platform the categories will inevitably grow. The current services are just a selection of what is currently in demand in regional Victoria. The focus for purplegrain is to become Australia’s premier online listing and searching tool for contract agricultural services. This means becoming the go-to online marketplace for agricultural contractors and farm owners across Australia to connect and share their services.
ZeroTag envision a world where eating food feeds the planet. Their mission is to save food from landfill by avoiding packaging waste. This is done with an interactive, dishwasher-safe sticker that can transform any container into smart packaging. ZeroTags are smart, playful labels for reusable packaging. When packaging is refilled, its identity needs to be updated. When this is done digitally, food can be tracked, enabling a seamless app that can help users buy smarter and avoid wasting food and money. ZeroTag can monetise this by charging brands access to valuable consumer insights with a non-linear subscription model. The interaction between users, groceries, smart packaging, and the pantry app allow for unique digital experiences that strengthen brands’ relationships with users and their peers. ZeroTag can also charge retailers every time the identity of smart packaging is updated because of the operational cost savings and efficiencies in their business. ZeroTag is currently running a pilot with partner retailers and Sustainability Victoria.
La Foundary are pioneering the cultivation of sustainable biomaterials for a greener future, by collecting and utilising industrial and agricultural waste from businesses as substrates for inoculating our fungal strain. The current primary focus is on developing mycelium-based materials. Within a few weeks, the mycelium network grows and solidifies, resulting in a strong, insulating and protective mycelium composite material. Harnessing the power of bio-engineering, they are exploring ways to programme our product end-life cycle to accelerate the degradation of itself and other waste surrounding it, thereby initiating mycoremediation when the product is discarded into waste. Other than easing the sustainable waste disposal responsibility of our product end-users, this unique characteristic would remediate the landfill and promote the growth of the ecosystem.
AgTech Seeds Cohort 2 2023
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.
AgTech Seeds Cohort 1 2022
Food Waste Cohort 2022
Developing niche field pea and lentil varieties to supply the high growth plant based protein market.
Zerosphere is about to revolutionise refrigeration for the first time since 1830. Zerosphere technology is (patent pending) magnet + radiation free, supercooling food preservation technology. Zerosphere technology can significantly extend the shelf life of all fresh produce, proteins and seafood.
Research shows that 95% of children in Australia are not eating the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. WoWder is a healthy, sustainably sourced and produced drink snack for kids, fussy eaters, and families on the go.
Whole is disrupting the food production industry by bringing to market a proprietary technology that enables cost-effective and large-scale production of plant-based ingredients and flavours. What makes this technology so special is that it’s 100% free of any chemical processing, produces no waste, and unlocks all the nutritional goodness of the original ingredients. Recognising that the shift toward plant-based foods is not just a fad, but a growing global movement driven by healthier eating and environmental responsibility, Whole is empowering food manufacturers to make better-tasting and more nutritious plant-based foods, while reducing their carbon footprint on the planet.
GoMicro AI have a mission to put AI diagnostics in the hands of all farmers to allow for accurate assessment of the state of seafood, fruits, vegetables and grains.
Soyful says 'no' to food waste. We have been wasting resources unnecessarily. Soyful's solution is to use food to its fullest and create new options through upcycling okara (soybean pulp).
Seaweedery transform seafood processing waste into delicious culinary sauces and ingredients.
Ripen is a family owned and operated baby food company with a focus on nutritious whole Australian ingredients that aims to provide a chilled fresh product to families in place of shelf stable, extended life products that proliferate the market.
Mindful Milk is a start-up devoted to decoupling plastic consumption from milk consumption in Australia.
In Season Juices is proud to offer healthy, tasty and fun fruit and veg juice blends using farmers market produce!
Honest Feeds is an Australian social enterprise providing livestock farmers with nutritious & affordable feed supplement crafted from citrus and other commonly occurring organic food waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.
There are many things to enjoy about city living. However, we also have to acknowledge it’s difficulties.
Forkful connects consumers to surplus unsold food from local restaurants, cafes and bakeries at a discounted price.
FoodCircle is currently establishing the world’s first FoodVillage and developing the systems to enable a FoodVillage to grow and manufacture food, eliminate food loss and waste, improve health, strengthen communities, manage intellectual property, and regenerate farmlands and nature.
Food Remedy Co is a digital startup on a mission to revolutionise the way people think about, make decisions around and consume food.
Gippsland Cohort 2021
Through the Rocket Seeder accelerator he is developing a suite of cost-effective energy services and automated products for farmers including tariff selection and smart grid solutions for solar, battery, thermal and water storage and load management.
Liz Fleming The Efficiency Coach is a business mentor and accountant, based in Gippsland, who knows a thing or two about creating efficiencies in your business, that is making it work better and do better and produce better.
Snowy River Black Garlic is grown and produced at our property ‘Narrambla', located along the fertile and legendary Snowy River in Far East Gippsland. Here, the cool climate, pure air and water and fertile soil create the perfect growing conditions for authentic black garlic.
Our passion is to educate and empower households to rely on a sustainable way to keep food fresher for longer using Little Bumble wraps.
Melbourne Crop 2020
Solving computer vision for indoor and field agriculture while delivering shippable intermediaries
Small scale biogas plants for farmers to generate their own power and biofertilizer to reduce GHG emissions
Manufacturers of dry premix products specifically for the low-sugar and low-carb health market