GIP in Australia: Agri-tech businesses

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Explore global agri-tech opportunities in Australia

Innovate UK is inviting applications for up to eight innovative businesses in the agri-tech sector to join their Global Incubator Programme (GIP) in Australia.

The programme will be delivered in partnership with GROW and Farmers2Founders, two leading agrifood technology accelerators in Australia.

The programme will include:

  • a preparation phase
  • two market visits to Australia
  • follow up support from an Innovate UK Business Growth innovation specialist

The aim of the programme is to help your business maximise the opportunities identified, including developing innovation projects with partners in the territory.

Programme themes

The programme is open to applications from innovative businesses in the agri-tech sector, focusing on:

  • resource use, efficiency and management systems across arable livestock and horticulture
  • water management/irrigation and fertigation
  • gene editing to achieve resilience and efficiency
  • livestock nutrition, health and genomics – managing rumen and cutting enteric methane production
  • land and soil management and cultivation strategy
  • robotics, artificial intelligence and sensor tech
  • regenerative/climate smart agricultural systems and carbon capture and storage tech
  • controlled environment agriculture
  • waste reduction systems (crop and livestock)

Why Australia?

The adoption of technology presents a significant opportunity for Australian agriculture to improve profitability, with digital technologies alone predicted to increase GVP by 25% to over $20 billion. Australia’s agriculture industry is on track to be a $100 billion industry by 2030, creating a perfect launchpad for UK businesses to connect, collaborate and scale in a diverse and rapidly growing market.

How to apply

You can apply online through the Innovate UK Business Growth website.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on 4 August 2024.

Potential applicants can register to join an online briefing on 2 July 2024 to find out more.

For additional advice on the programme, local businesses can contact Innovate UK Business Growth Project Manager in Northern Ireland, Alayne Kinver -

First published 12 June 2024