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MEET THE 2020 COHORT

IDEAS2BUSINESS PROGRAM

Food Futures Company has launched Australia’s first early stage accelerator focused on the native ag+food sector.

 

The Ideas2Business program involves 12 weeks of coaching and mentoring support to help native ag+food start-ups to test ideas and build confidence and capability to launch new products and new business ventures.

 

Food Futures Company is committed to working in partnership with the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, learn and work. We acknowledge their continuing cultural, social, environmental and economic connection to land, sea and community, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

INDIGENOUS 

ENGAGEMENT 

PLAN

For full details on how Food Futures Company is working with Indigenous partners please download our Indigenous Engagement Plan.

I2B

SELECTION

PANEL

Food Futures Company has Indigenous members and representatives of Indigenous organisations forming part of the selection panel who assisted in the review and selection of all participants in the program.

 

The competition was really tough amongst those that applied to the 2020 Ideas2Business Program and we acknowledge the effort that was put in by all!

 

The selection panel had a challenging job to select the final 12 amazing teams.

Dr Christine Pitt

Food Futures Company

Ms Skye Raward

Food Futures Company

Ms Suzanne Thompson 

Chair Australian Native

Food and Botanicals

Ms Dale Tilbrook

Director Australian Native Food and Botanicals

Ms Eloise Leaver

ThincLab

Mr Peter Crane 

Food Futures Company

Mr Michael Davis 

Agribusiness Development Manager (Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation)

Mr Craig North

Founder Indigenous Impact Pty Ltd

THE

2020

COHORT

MEET THIS YEARS I2B COHORT AND GET TO KNOW THE IMPACT THEY ARE AIMING TO MAKE. 

Andrew Fielke  &

Dominic Smith

Yuin man, Dominic Smith, has been operating his Pundi Produce aquaponics and agribusiness on land at Monash, SA since 2014. The seven-hectare farm produces seasonal herbs and vegetables along with natives like warrigal, rivermint, saltbush, sea parsley, sea celery and wattleseed.

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Based in McLaren Vale, Founder Rachel McMillan has a background in hospitality and regional food distribution.


Set atop the stunning hills of Myponga, Co-Founder Sarah Drew is primary producer, predominately sheep and more recently native and edible plants.
The collective is passionate about sustainable food production and garden design that is both beautiful and bountiful.


The Ideas2Business program will build on the existing knowledge and resources of the McMillan & Drew team to increase capacity of indigenous plants grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula for the hospitality, pharmaceutical and botanical industries.





Eddy Nye &

Scott Triana

SOTA is a socially conscious native fruit infused sparkling water brand. The aim is to bring authentic Australian flavours to the masses. The initial range will consist of three flavoured sparkling waters with the vision to grow SOTA as a brand that is synonymous with Australian natives.

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Eddy is the 6th generation agriculturalist from the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland and has a passion for regenerative agricultural. Eddy grew up exploring the rainforests and eating native fruits giving him an appreciation for first nations agriculture and the untapped potential that exists. In 2017 he was given the opportunity to return home and manage the family business, Rainforest Bounty where he was immersed in the developing native fruit industry.

Scott has a passion for creating communities and developing brands which has attracted him to startups and high growth companies. Scott's first foray into the Australian startup scene was with fashion e-commerce leader the ICONIC. After the ICONIC Scott played an instrumental role in scaling Bailey Nelson Eyewear from the Bondi Markets to an international eyewear label across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. A believer in chasing one's passions, Scott has most recently been involved in the craft beer industry. Ingredient sourcing and experimenting with native fruits sparked his interest in Australian agriculture and the rich history of Australian natives.





Araluen Hagen

At 14k Brewery we currently make low sugar soft drinks using local, seasonal fruits and infused with Australian native plants, Ginger Beer and Beer, all on a small scale. We established in 2016, making the soft drinks as a marketing strategy before we got our liquor licence. 

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Based in McLaren Vale, Founder Rachel McMillan has a background in hospitality and regional food distribution.


Set atop the stunning hills of Myponga, Co-Founder Sarah Drew is primary producer, predominately sheep and more recently native and edible plants.
The collective is passionate about sustainable food production and garden design that is both beautiful and bountiful.


The Ideas2Business program will build on the existing knowledge and resources of the McMillan & Drew team to increase capacity of indigenous plants grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula for the hospitality, pharmaceutical and botanical industries.





Cory Robertson

Cory is the Self_Appointed “Minister for Good Times” – he can explain that! And he has a business Philosophy that: Individually You are 1 of 2 things: Part of the problem OR Part of the Solution.

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My Passions are pretty simple:

My FamilyBusiness + Sport + People

Family: married to his high school sweetheart Linda and has 2 daughters Jaz and Mia. Our family also consists of Tilly & Milo our Dogs and Nyah the cat.

Country Boy: Grew up in Moree area & Coolah

Played the Work game with:
Corporates: CRT (Combined Rural Traders): Logistics and Marketing BHP Steel: Territory Sales manager
OneSteel: National Rural & Industrial Product Manager

Mining Game: MES & Downer Mining Contractors
Publican of the Ocean View Hotel, Urunga NSW

Now: Owner / MD of 3 Aboriginal Enterprises:

1.ARG Aboriginal Resource Group: Education & Training 2.company 3.Goanna Services Pty Ltd: Mulit-disciplined civil contractor 4.company 5.BoomA Food Group: food and energy company





Tracey &

Doug Goebel

Mission: To be the biggest bushfood suppliers in South East Qld

 

Proudly Indigenous owned and operated

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My name is Tracey Goebel and I am Co-owner of Native Oz Bushfoods. My Husband and I started our business on 1 June 2018. From there we started making Jams , Gourmet salt Blends, Savoury products. We have also started work on an Educational Garden on our 40 Acre property, as well as a Bushfood Orchard that we will Open for Farm Tours to educate and preserve Culture. Our Plan is to keep Planting a range of Native trees as well as the retail side of the Business.





Hayden Marks

Hayden is a young entrepreneur and discoverer of all things new. He loves using business as a force for change, helping to instill growth and prosperity in the communities he collaborates with.

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My Passions are pretty simple:

My FamilyBusiness + Sport + People

Family: married to his high school sweetheart Linda and has 2 daughters Jaz and Mia. Our family also consists of Tilly & Milo our Dogs and Nyah the cat.

Country Boy: Grew up in Moree area & Coolah

Played the Work game with:
Corporates: CRT (Combined Rural Traders): Logistics and Marketing BHP Steel: Territory Sales manager
OneSteel: National Rural & Industrial Product Manager

Mining Game: MES & Downer Mining Contractors
Publican of the Ocean View Hotel, Urunga NSW

Now: Owner / MD of 3 Aboriginal Enterprises:

1.ARG Aboriginal Resource Group: Education & Training 2.company 3.Goanna Services Pty Ltd: Mulit-disciplined civil contractor 4.company 5.BoomA Food Group: food and energy company





Rachel McMillan &

Sarah Drew

The McMillan & Drew collective was conceived by a desire to create and share the wonder and allure of native and edible gardens with the world.

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Based in McLaren Vale, Founder Rachel McMillan has a background in hospitality and regional food distribution.


Set atop the stunning hills of Myponga, Co-Founder Sarah Drew is primary producer, predominately sheep and more recently native and edible plants.
The collective is passionate about sustainable food production and garden design that is both beautiful and bountiful.


The Ideas2Business program will build on the existing knowledge and resources of the McMillan & Drew team to increase capacity of indigenous plants grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula for the hospitality, pharmaceutical and botanical industries.





Jesse Gurugirr

I’m Jesse Gurugirr and I come from a conservation biology background. I have always been passionate about our indigenous foods and their high medicinal and wellness properties.

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Susan and her husband both have science backgrounds and have worked in the conservation field for 20+ years. They are passionate about ethical and environmentally responsible farming and are keen to expand their enterprise farm into sustainable native foods. Combined with produce on the property already, including trials of various native bushfood species, Susan is keen to develop ice cream flavours with a native flair produced onsite - with hopes of expanding into agritourism.





Jida Gulpilil

When your surname is Gulpilil and your father is an international acting icon and your great grandfather was Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls, there’s plenty to live up to.

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Yet, this magnetic super-achiever with a 1000 watt smile, is his own man.

Jida Gulpilil has gone beyond expectations. But he has much bigger dreams to pursue for his people’s health, well-being, and ‘country’. Not content to be in his famous father’s shadow, Jida has also excelled as an actor, musician and music producer, storyteller. As an active community person, he is highly respected for the contributions he continues to make contracted by the government, an Aboriginal community consultant, mentor, educator, and leader.

Influenced by his passion for culture, native foods and medicines. Jida has a strong desire to improve the health and lives of his communities and always seeks ways to empower and inspire his people and the wider community with cultural and scientific knowledge particularly around connection to mind, body and country.

Jida is always thrilled to work with so many passionate people inspiring organisations, teams and individuals and the opportunity to make a difference.

Jida grew up in NE Arnhem Land and Victoria to specialize in identifying opportunities mentored by prominent Elders and leaders of his communities to add new value to existing programs, projects that strengthen and enrich new innovative approaches toward pathways that deliver long-term employment and economic opportunities for unemployed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, disadvantaged and at risk youth, men and families





Leeanne Barlow

A self-confessed corporate dropout, Leeanne recently left a 20-year career in the Professional Services industry to undertake a formal cooking qualification.

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Based in McLaren Vale, Founder Rachel McMillan has a background in hospitality and regional food distribution.


Set atop the stunning hills of Myponga, Co-Founder Sarah Drew is primary producer, predominately sheep and more recently native and edible plants.
The collective is passionate about sustainable food production and garden design that is both beautiful and bountiful.


The Ideas2Business program will build on the existing knowledge and resources of the McMillan & Drew team to increase capacity of indigenous plants grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula for the hospitality, pharmaceutical and botanical industries.





Niyoka Bundle

Pawa Catering are based in West Footscray, Melbourne Victoria. Pawa means ‘to cook’ in the language of the Gunditjmara people from South West Victoria. Co Founded by Aboriginal woman Niyoka Bundle and Husband / head chef Vincent Manning from the Isle of Man.

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Eddy is the 6th generation agriculturalist from the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland and has a passion for regenerative agricultural. Eddy grew up exploring the rainforests and eating native fruits giving him an appreciation for first nations agriculture and the untapped potential that exists. In 2017 he was given the opportunity to return home and manage the family business, Rainforest Bounty where he was immersed in the developing native fruit industry.

Scott has a passion for creating communities and developing brands which has attracted him to startups and high growth companies. Scott's first foray into the Australian startup scene was with fashion e-commerce leader the ICONIC. After the ICONIC Scott played an instrumental role in scaling Bailey Nelson Eyewear from the Bondi Markets to an international eyewear label across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. A believer in chasing one's passions, Scott has most recently been involved in the craft beer industry. Ingredient sourcing and experimenting with native fruits sparked his interest in Australian agriculture and the rich history of Australian natives.





Susan Crocetti

Susan and her family recently bought a small farm on the mid north coast of NSW and currently grow waratahs, citrus and turmeric for sale.

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Susan and her husband both have science backgrounds and have worked in the conservation field for 20+ years. They are passionate about ethical and environmentally responsible farming and are keen to expand their enterprise farm into sustainable native foods. Combined with produce on the property already, including trials of various native bushfood species, Susan is keen to develop ice cream flavours with a native flair produced onsite - with hopes of expanding into agritourism.





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Have you got questions?

Office hours is an opportunity for you to book in a 20 minute session with one of the team to talk through any questions you have about the program.

OUR

I2B

MENTORS

Michael Fox

Ricky Chau

Founder & CEO, Taste Studio

Co-Founder, CEO - Fable Food Co

Fiona Fleming

Managing Director - FJ Flemming Food Consulting

Juraj Durco

Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, FAPIC Global

Alicia Dudek

Fungi Fan & Founder, Mycoreality

Haley Blieden

Dale Tilbrook

Native Food Specialist & Director, ANFAB 

James Preuss

Managing Director, Concierge Genetics

Co-Founder & Managing Director,

The Australian Superfood Co 

Suzanne Thompson

Chair, (ANFAB)

Vic Cherikoff

Managing Director, Australian Functional Ingredients Pty Ltd

Chris McLoghlin

Co-Founder & Chief Product 

Officer, Fable Food Co.

Craig North

Managing Director, Indigenous Impact Pty Ltd

Dr Emma Beckett

Food Science & Human Nutrition

University of Newcastle

Ryan Miller

CEO Keeping Company

Tim Wearne

COO - Keeping Company

Carol Hutchings

Joshua Gilbert

PWC Indigenous Consulting

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We will help you move your ideas and business ventures forward 

Applications to August 2020 program now closed

If you have an interest in future programs please complete expressions of interest form.

Have you got questions?

Office hours is an opportunity for you to book in a 20 minute session with one of the team to talk through any questions you have about the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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My Passions are pretty simple:

My FamilyBusiness + Sport + People

Family: married to his high school sweetheart Linda and has 2 daughters Jaz and Mia. Our family also consists of Tilly & Milo our Dogs and Nyah the cat.

Country Boy: Grew up in Moree area & Coolah

Played the Work game with:
Corporates: CRT (Combined Rural Traders): Logistics and Marketing BHP Steel: Territory Sales manager
OneSteel: National Rural & Industrial Product Manager

Mining Game: MES & Downer Mining Contractors
Publican of the Ocean View Hotel, Urunga NSW

Now: Owner / MD of 3 Aboriginal Enterprises:

1.ARG Aboriginal Resource Group: Education & Training 2.company 3.Goanna Services Pty Ltd: Mulit-disciplined civil contractor 4.company 5.BoomA Food Group: food and energy company





Richard Stear

Marketing Transformation Project Lead - Mars 

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