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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

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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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.





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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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.





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.

When do applications open?


Applications open on 1st June 2020.




When do applications close?


Applications close on 7th of July 2020.




When does the program actually start?


Program kick off is on the 27-28th of July 2020.




When does the program end?


Program ends on 16th October, with the graduation event on 23rd October.




How long is the program?


The program goes for 12 weeks with a graduation event in the 13th week.




Are there program activities every week?


Yes, you will be involved in activities every week including group Masterclasses (set timetable that will be provided once you are accepted into the program) and 1on1 coaching sessions (at flexible times to suit you and your allocated coach). You will also be required to complete weekly project work specifically designed to help you to validate your native ag+food idea with customers and to accelerate the development of your business.




How does the program work during COVID-19 restrictions?


Since March 2020 we have converted all of our programs to 100% virtual delivery. Should these restrictions be lifted we will determine if we can include some face-to-face components to the program. However, as this is a national program, online and remote delivery will always be the major component to ensure accessibility to all participants.




Will I need any special technology or technical skills to undertake the program?


As the program is delivered online you will need access to a PC/laptop and the internet. During the program you will be using a variety of online tools including: zoom; google drive; and slack. We will provide training and ongoing support on the use of these tools as required. During the program you will also be exposed to social media and website development tools.




Who can apply?


Any Indigenous or non-Indigenous entrepreneur or start up involved in the Australian native ag+food sector who is looking to explore a new idea, new business venture, or to kick start growth in an existing early stage business. You can be working on an agtech or foodtech solution that will address a challenge or opportunity anywhere in the native ag+food value chain, or you can be developing innovative new value-added products in food, food ingredients, nutraceuticals, or beauty and skin care.




Do I have to have a registered business to apply?


No you can just have a great idea at the start of the program, but by the end you will know whether this is the right pathway for you.




What if it is only me in my team?


That is totally fine!




How do I apply?


Press the apply now button on this page and complete an application form. We also have Office Hours where you can book a time to find out more from one of our team.




When will I find out if my application is successful?


Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the w/c 13th of July and a phone interview will be set up with the team to further dive into your idea and/or business. From there, we will select between 10-14 finalists to go into the program.




What if I am unsuccessful?


The team will notify all applicants of their result by the 20th of July. We will be offering support to those teams who are unsuccessful and this will be discussed with you via a phone call.




How many applications will be accepted?


We are planning to accept between 10-14 participants into the program.




If we are selected can more than one team member participate in the program?


Yes we encourage key team members to participate – but may have to limit this to 3 per team.




How do you select teams?


The program is targeted at growing the Australian Native Ag+Food sector so your idea or business must be in this area. We are specifically looking to work with passionate and committed entrepreneurs and founders who are ready to turn their idea into a reality and see themselves growing a successful business in the native ag+food sector. We will make the final selection based on the quality of your application and a phone interview.




How much time do I need to work on the program?


We expect a commitment of between 3-5hrs per week which could include a variety of coaching, masterclass sessions and workshops and own 'homework'.




Does the program cost anything?


No the program does not cost anything to participate however we will work with you to develop a plan on what you need to do to grow your business. Where appropriate we will connect you with investors and other funding opportunities.




Do you take anything from me?


No we do not take any Intellectual Property in your idea or equity in your business. Confidentiality agreements will be signed by all participants.





Tracey &

Doug Goebel

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

 

Proudly Indigenous owned and operated

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I believe in protecting our cultural knowledge/IP around the use, farming and sustainable cultural practices in maintaining them. Having First Nation people represented in this sector is a powerful way to maintain culture and identity.

My aim is to incorporate First Nation Biodiversity knowledge around our native food production and connecting culture to a contemporary economic business model that produces native produce whilst culturally empowering those involved.





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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I believe in protecting our cultural knowledge/IP around the use, farming and sustainable cultural practices in maintaining them. Having First Nation people represented in this sector is a powerful way to maintain culture and identity.

My aim is to incorporate First Nation Biodiversity knowledge around our native food production and connecting culture to a contemporary economic business model that produces native produce whilst culturally empowering those involved.





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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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.





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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I believe in protecting our cultural knowledge/IP around the use, farming and sustainable cultural practices in maintaining them. Having First Nation people represented in this sector is a powerful way to maintain culture and identity.

My aim is to incorporate First Nation Biodiversity knowledge around our native food production and connecting culture to a contemporary economic business model that produces native produce whilst culturally empowering those involved.





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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I believe in protecting our cultural knowledge/IP around the use, farming and sustainable cultural practices in maintaining them. Having First Nation people represented in this sector is a powerful way to maintain culture and identity.

My aim is to incorporate First Nation Biodiversity knowledge around our native food production and connecting culture to a contemporary economic business model that produces native produce whilst culturally empowering those involved.





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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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.





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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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.





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.

READ MORE >>


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.

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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

When do applications open?


Applications open on 1st June 2020.




When do applications close?


Applications close on 7th of July 2020.




When does the program actually start?


Program kick off is on the 27-28th of July 2020.




When does the program end?


Program ends on 16th October, with the graduation event on 23rd October.




How long is the program?


The program goes for 12 weeks with a graduation event in the 13th week.




Are there program activities every week?


Yes, you will be involved in activities every week including group Masterclasses (set timetable that will be provided once you are accepted into the program) and 1on1 coaching sessions (at flexible times to suit you and your allocated coach). You will also be required to complete weekly project work specifically designed to help you to validate your native ag+food idea with customers and to accelerate the development of your business.




How does the program work during COVID-19 restrictions?


Since March 2020 we have converted all of our programs to 100% virtual delivery. Should these restrictions be lifted we will determine if we can include some face-to-face components to the program. However, as this is a national program, online and remote delivery will always be the major component to ensure accessibility to all participants.




Will I need any special technology or technical skills to undertake the program?


As the program is delivered online you will need access to a PC/laptop and the internet. During the program you will be using a variety of online tools including: zoom; google drive; and slack. We will provide training and ongoing support on the use of these tools as required. During the program you will also be exposed to social media and website development tools.




Who can apply?


Any Indigenous or non-Indigenous entrepreneur or start up involved in the Australian native ag+food sector who is looking to explore a new idea, new business venture, or to kick start growth in an existing early stage business. You can be working on an agtech or foodtech solution that will address a challenge or opportunity anywhere in the native ag+food value chain, or you can be developing innovative new value-added products in food, food ingredients, nutraceuticals, or beauty and skin care.




Do I have to have a registered business to apply?


No you can just have a great idea at the start of the program, but by the end you will know whether this is the right pathway for you.




What if it is only me in my team?


That is totally fine!




How do I apply?


Press the apply now button on this page and complete an application form. We also have Office Hours where you can book a time to find out more from one of our team.




When will I find out if my application is successful?


Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the w/c 13th of July and a phone interview will be set up with the team to further dive into your idea and/or business. From there, we will select between 10-14 finalists to go into the program.




What if I am unsuccessful?


The team will notify all applicants of their result by the 20th of July. We will be offering support to those teams who are unsuccessful and this will be discussed with you via a phone call.




How many applications will be accepted?


We are planning to accept between 10-14 participants into the program.




If we are selected can more than one team member participate in the program?


Yes we encourage key team members to participate – but may have to limit this to 3 per team.




How do you select teams?


The program is targeted at growing the Australian Native Ag+Food sector so your idea or business must be in this area. We are specifically looking to work with passionate and committed entrepreneurs and founders who are ready to turn their idea into a reality and see themselves growing a successful business in the native ag+food sector. We will make the final selection based on the quality of your application and a phone interview.




How much time do I need to work on the program?


We expect a commitment of between 3-5hrs per week which could include a variety of coaching, masterclass sessions and workshops and own 'homework'.




Does the program cost anything?


No the program does not cost anything to participate however we will work with you to develop a plan on what you need to do to grow your business. Where appropriate we will connect you with investors and other funding opportunities.




Do you take anything from me?


No we do not take any Intellectual Property in your idea or equity in your business. Confidentiality agreements will be signed by all participants.





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