How will Rocket Seeder support you?

To date, we have successfully supported 70+ founders along their startup journey.

The program itself is free and we take no equity like other programs do.

However, we require your 100% commitment in return!

You will also receive a $2,000 grant upon successful completion of this program + the opportunity to be selected to participate in a live pitch event in Melbourne in April 2022 - competing for a further $20,000 prize pool.

EXPERT ADVICE & GUIDANCE

Our program is run by a team of industry experts brought together to help you accelerate your business!

COACHING

Our coaches will get you 'pitch ready' & support you to use lean tools to take your business to the next level  and beyond. 

MENTORSHIP

Our experienced mentors are on-hand to provide advice, support and guide you along your entrepreneurial journey.

COMMUNITY

Be part of a strong and supportive community. Access our global networks and connections.

FOOD WASTE + LOSS accelerator program

November 2021 to April 2022

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Our inaugural Food Waste + Loss accelerator program will support 15 Australian startups (or spinoffs of existing businesses) that are solving food waste and food loss problems which will have an impact in the State of Victoria.

Ideally, we are looking to support purpose driven founders whose goals are aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and who are looking to raise seed funding within the next 12 months.

 
 
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UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3

SDG 12.3 has two components

12.3.1. Food Loss

12.3.2. Food Waste

 

Food loss focuses on food losses that occur up to the retail level, while food waste refers to retail and consumption waste.

 

The focus of sustainable consumption and production is about doing more with less. To do this, it is vital that we increase resource efficiency and promote sustainable lifestyles, by decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation.

 

What is this program focused on?

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SDG 12.3 

Reducing food waste and loss in line with SDG 12.3 targets

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Food Waste Hierarchy

Solutions that reduce food waste before it is created

Innovative Ideas

We want to work with Australian founders who are solving food waste or loss problems

 

Program timeline

October '21

Early Oct. '21

Applications Open

Early Nov. '21

Applications Close

November '21

Selection & Kick-off

March '22

Program Ends

April '22

Showcase Event

 

If food waste and loss were its own country, it would be the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

Over 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in Australia each year - presenting an economic opportunity of at least $20 billion.

Food waste accounts for more than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions - more than the entire aviation sector.

Over half of Australia's value-chain food and waste losses come from family households.

Facts about Food Waste + Food Loss

 

Eligibility (check)

Are you a new and innovative startup in the food and agriculture sector? 

Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

Are you 100% committed to grow your business and can attend at least 80% of the program dates?  

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at the end of the Accelerator Program?


Rocket Seeder is a lifelong strong community of 50+ alumni startups and an extensive global nextwork in the food and agricultural industry. We aim to continue to support, provide information, invite to events and provide other forms of business assistance.




I don't have a team. Can I still apply?


Yes, we accept applications from solo founders! As long as you are fully committed in your business and are ready to grow, we want to hear from you.




Does Rocket Seeder take any equity in my startup?


No, but we do expect all our participants to 1—commit fully to the Program and 2—to give back to the community. It takes a village to build a business, so we believe in paying-it-forward and sharing your own experiences with the next generation of founders.




How much does this Accelerator program cost?


It's completely FREE! But we do expect all our participants to 1—commit fully to the Program and 2—to give back to the community. It takes a village to build a business, so we believe in paying-it-forward & sharing your own experiences with the next generation of founders.




Do all the founders of the business have to attend the entire program?


At least one founder of the business MUST attend and participate in our intensive 3-6 month program as well as core program events. However, we encourage all founders in the business to take part and join in, as long as it benefits you and your business!




I have other commitments I also need to attend to, do I have to be working on this full time?


Apart from attending the mandatory program dates, we expect founders to spend at least an additional 8 hours per week on your business, throughout the duration the program. Hence, working full-time in another job while you complete the program is not an option.




Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the application form?


Please contact Emma Coath, Managing Director of Rocket Seeder via email (emma.coath@rocketseeder.com)




Can you apply to the Rocket Seeder with just an idea or very early-stage offering?


Ideally, applicants will have launched and/or have an MVP or early-stage customers. But we accept businesses at all stages, so if you have a groundbreaking idea, have defined the problem you are trying to solve and have identified a solution, we'd love to hear from you!