Helping grow the Native Ag+Food Sector
There is great potential for the Australian native agriculture and food sector to become a successful world-class industry that delivers economic, social, cultural, environmental and health benefits to Indigenous Australians; businesses within the sector; consumers; and the wider Australian community.
Food Futures Company is working across the sector with industry stakeholders, native ag+food entrepreneurs, large corporates and investors to help create awareness and connections; deliver new technologies; build new capabilities; and attract new talent. Our programs support Indigenous and non-Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses in the native ag+food sector to advance innovation and achieve significant commercial growth.
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A 12-week program to help native ag+food start-ups (Indigenous and non-Indigenous founders) to test ideas and build capability and confidence to launch new products and new business ventures. The Ideas2Business program will be launching in July 2020.
Native Ag+Food Tech Challenge
Aims to source technology solutions from both mature tech developers and tech start-ups that have developed solutions (some likely to already be deployed in other agrifood sectors) that address identified gaps and opportunities to accelerate growth in the native ag+food value chain. We provide customised support and coaching for tech startups in this space.
National Accelerator-Incubator Program
Flagship program to be conducted over 6-9 months targeted at accelerating growth of later stage native ag+food businesses (Indigenous and non-Indigenous founders). Program outcomes focus on: increasing revenue; attracting investment; securing new domestic and international customers; adopting enabling technologies; developing new systems and business models; and forming strategic partnerships along the value chain.
Food Innovator + Entrepreneurship Program
This program will create new career opportunities and attract and develop new talent to the sector. A specific initiative is the ‘Increasing Participation of Indigenous Women in Native Ag+Food’ project which aims to empower Indigenous girls and women with the confidence, knowledge and entrepreneurial skills they need to successfully launch new ventures and/or develop career pathways across the native ag+food value chain. The project integrates cultural connections and is guided by a Steering Group that includes Indigenous Elders and leaders in the native ag+food sector.
Native Ag+Food Start-up Community
Food Futures Company is launching a targeted community to support native ag+food businesses which will include events and meet-ups; providing access to resources; 1:1 coaching support; and creating linkages with regional food innovation hubs and international native ag+food networks.