AgriFutures Australia has unearthed  fresh and exciting opportunities for Australian and New Zealand agrifood tech startups to make their mark at the iconic Royal Exhibition Hall in Melbourne on the 18 and 19 of February 2020. Applications are now open for the Startup Program for evokeAG 2020 for startups wanting to showcase their ideas to an international audience, build their customer base and help solve today’s global agricultural challenges.

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey, said the 2020 event will see a focus on providing opportunities for startups to build their customer base, whilst also ensuring they have exposure to possible investors. “The new Startup Program for evokeAG 2020 will showcase startups (domestic and international) within the agrifood tech ecosystem. This showcase will complement the wider event program and has a renewed focus on exposing startups to an international audience. This is an opportunity to network, build relationships and take your business to the next level.”

George Peppou, evokeAG  Startup Program Steering Committee member and Founder and CEO of VOW said successful applicants will have innovative and scalable business models.“We will be looking for products that solve big problems in the agrifood sector to produce food or fibre far better than current best practices or anything else on the market. Big ambitions and focusing on global problems is also a huge draw card for the selection panel,” said Mr Peppou.

CEO of CertusBio, Dr Matthew Jones, pitched his wastewater reduction product to more than 1,000 delegates at this year’s evokeAG event. He said the level of exposure the event gave his startup was a stand-out.“The publicity we received after the event was amazing and it gave our business credibility. It has also exposed us to new opportunities and ideas.”

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