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Central Highlands Development Corporation

Driving growth & empowering business in the Central Highlands

AgFrontier: Regional Agtech Incubator

Startups to grow globally with AgFrontier

The AgFrontier Regional Agtech Incubator provides startups the opportunity to work and grow in a dedicated program designed specifically for rural businesses and individuals in regional Queensland and northern NSW who have practical understanding of agriculture.

For a cohort of ten startups, the Incubator will provide an intensive, tailored program over 14 months which provides:
  • Access to mentors with national and international expertise
  • A program of regular workshops, coaching, and satellite visits in the regions 
  • Knowledge required to establish, develop and export agtech products and services
  • Facilitates start-ups' access to new national and international investor and peer networks through regional AgTech events and an opportunity to particpate in a Global Linkages Mission to the USA
  • Regionally-based co-working, kitchen and meeting spaces with high speed wifi
  • An opportunity to pitch to investors at the conclusion of the Incubator program; and 
  • The opportunity for introduction and a launching pad to an international start-up TERRA San Francisco, USA
  • Zero equity requirement

Combining X-Labs' startup network and tech ecosystem with CHDC's agribusiness leadership and expertise, AgFrontier's ground-breaking model provides regionally-based startups and spin offs with the opportunity to work and grow in a dedicated Regional AgTech Incubator program.

The inaugural cohort of ten agtech innovators selected for AgFrontier led by CHDC was announced on 14 June 2019.  More than thirty applications were received for the program, which is the first incubator of its kind in Queensland.

The following agricultural innovators have joined our 2019 inaugural AgFrontier cohort:

  • Kurt Mayne, Lewis & David Rolfe, Broken Plains Pastoral, Rolleston & Morven
  • Tim and Peta Neale, Data Farming, Toowoomba
  • Erica Hughes, Farmer Meets Foodie, Mt Molloy
  • Ben Harzer, Thin and Trim Holdings, Gayndah
  • Juxi Leitner, Norton Kelly-Boxall & Nicole Robinson, LYRO Robotics, Brisbane
  • Natalie Engel, One Platform (Bos C Agri), Rolleston
  • Grant Brennan, Spotbooked, Taroom
  • Jocie and Andrew Bate, Swarmfarm, Gindie
  • Alan McIndoe, Top End Pollination, Emerald
  • Toby Harpham & Jason McNeice, Turnkey BI, Toowoomba