Media Release :: Queensland Agtech Hub Announces First Cohort of Startups Solving Global Challenges 

Australia’s premier agribusiness and innovation hub, the Agtech and Logistics Hub (ATLH) based in Toowoomba has announced its first accelerator cohort of 10 startups from across the country.

The program provides commercialisation support to companies that have responded to the Hub’s innovation challenge seeking to attract high potential solutions to digitise and automate agricultural supply chains.

Positioned in the agricultural heartland of Toowoomba, Queensland, the accelerator has been designed to support go-to-market strategies for startups that are ready to grow and work with the Queensland agricultural industry.

The program equips the companies with leading advice from industry experts, under guidance of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Al Fullerton and program management by Innovation Architects. 

Participants will be introduced to a world class network of industry partners, innovators and investors and will also receive mentorship and support to prepare them for market expansion, capital raising, structuring, technology development and market positioning.  

Agtech and Logistics Hub Manager, Owen Williams said he’s excited to see the first Agtech Accelerator cohort revealed. 

“This program is changing the game for startups and will allow us to unlock new and exciting solutions within the sector. Because the Hub is armed with the knowledge of what industry needs, we can focus on being industry-led and molding these solutions to fit the current market challenges. The Agtech Accelerator program further cements our region as a leader in innovation,” said Mr Williams

The Agtech and Logistics Hub, which aims to accelerate the development and adoption of technologies and innovative solutions that will benefit the agribusiness supply chain, developed the Agtech Accelerator program to offer businesses the opportunities to connect with the industry with real-world solutions. 

Innovation Architects Managing Partner, Mark Gustowski is excited to hear all the exciting opportunities the nation’s agtech startups are presenting.

“The demand for a program of this nature is unprecedented; we have received applications not just from across Australia, but globally and we are now seeing industry partners actively seeking to work with agile and tech driven companies and startups in the ag space. This program is perfectly positioned to support participants grow into a $100B market, while solving industry problems through the creation and deployment of tech solutions,” said Mr Gustowski.  

Introducing the program cohort

The Agtech and Logistics Hub has accepted the following ten startups into its inaugural accelerator program:

4Zero Technologies
4Zero sets out to achieve a simple mission – bridge the gap between operations and the rest of the organisation through advanced tech like IOT, AI and predictive analytics, and to do this in a way that makes the customer’s life easier. 

Acumen Automation
Founded in 2019, Brisbane-based Acumen Automation has been working with Australian businesses in harnessing Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Automation. Our solutions have enabled businesses of varying scales to achieve end-to-end integration of their processes and systems, delivering a more efficient and profitable operation. 

iTrazo
iTrazo is a pioneer in supply chain traceability technology and data solutions. We develop traceability solutions to effectively aggregate, store, share and analyse millions of supply chain key data and critical trace events from “cradle to grave”. iTrazo’s traceability platform (iTrazo ADI) provides real-time traceability and insights for every product, service, or asset made, sold and used with complete transparency.

TracknAct
TracknAct is a platform using the world’s smartest technologies to optimise produce quality, reduce waste and risk to your business. Revolutionising how you track, view, and share insights to improve performance along your supply chain. TracknAct allows real-time temperature and environmental  monitoring at a glance — whether in your fridge, cool room or in transit.

Optomni 
Optomni is an Agtech company dedicated to digitalising the fresh & perishables supply chain with OmniOrder®, our AI driven trading & optimisation platform that helps growers and wholesalers reach more customers, streamline inventory & ordering processes and reduce waste through demand prediction and automated supply matching.

Agronomeye
Agronomeye is ‘digitising’ complete farming systems to enable sustainable and resilient agricultural management. Using high resolution imaging combined with predictive algorithms and analytics, Agronomeye is developing unique decision making tools and insights for farmers to improve their sustainability and drive productivity.

Harvest Ant
Harvest Ant provides digital supervisors and smart tags to automatically track and monitor labour efficiency whilst digitising the first mile of harvest from plant to packhouse. No more pen and paper, just valuable insights in real time.

Mirragin
Mirragin is a robotics and autonomous systems consulting company founded in 2017 and headquartered in South Queensland. With a pedigree from the Department of Defence, and experience across commercial aviation, agriculture and mining, Mirragin is a leader in its field. Mirragin’s strength is supporting organisations to successfully implement uncrewed system capabilities to reduce costs, increase capability and to keep their people safe.  

PAStech Rural
PAStech Rural is Powering precision farming of the Future by enabling WIFI coverage across properties. PAStech’s Solutions bring farming assets to life, moving with Farm operations to Drive IIoT capabilities and enable highly-mobile, highly secure precision Farming practices for any level of automation.

Smart Paddock
Smart Paddock is an Australian company that has built a livestock management platform utilising smart GPS ear tags that provide real-time information on the health status, behaviours, and accurate GPS location of all the animals in a herd.

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