Planting ideas for bright farming future
FARMERS could soon be monitoring their cattle using GPS trackers, checking electric fences via their mobile phone and increasing crop production with a special plastic mulch.
These are just some of the global innovative ideas to be presented in the Pitch Tent at evokeAG, the inaugural international agrifood technology event to be held in Melbourne from February 19-20.
Hosted by AgriFutures Australia, the aim of the event is to highlight, discuss and debate exciting developments surrounding the future of our food and how it will be produced.
An expert panel of judges selected 14 finalists for evokeAG Pitch Tent. The successful start-ups will have the opportunity to project their ideas onto a global path to success while tackling problems faced by primary producers within farming.
Among the final entrepreneurs are a grasshopper farmer from Israel, an aeronautical engineer specialising in drones from Sydney and a New Zealand-based wine maturation start-up.
Each finalist will receive mentorship to develop their concepts and finesse their final pitch prior to evokeAG.
Agritech New Zealand executive director Peter Wren-Hilton said the calibre of Pitch Tent applicants far exceeded expectations in terms of the incredible innovation exemplified by start-ups from around the world.
“The finalists were ultimately selected for their cutting-edge technologies, dynamic business models and bold efforts in creating a sustainable agrifood tech system. It was a privilege to be part of the judging process and I look forward to seeing these entrepreneurs launch and scale their ideas in order to create real and meaningful solutions for the planet,” Mr Wren-Hilton said.
The primary producer and agrifood start-up finalists will soon have the opportunity to pitch their ideas on stage at evokeAG to an international audience including investors, corporate decision-makers and industry influencers.
Each idea will be assessed by an expert panel of judges for a chance to share in a total prize pool of $35,000 plus in-kind prizes.
AgriFutures Australia managing director John Harvey said he had been impressed by the diversity of applicants keen to take part in the event.
For more information, visit the website: www.evokeag. com/pitchtent.