Foundational Support

Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science | AgFrontier

“Our ideas and policy leadership shape the Australian economy to drive growth and create jobs”

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science manages The Entrepreneurs’ Programme which is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.

AgFrontier was funded through the Incubator Support initiative; a copy of the Minister’s media release announcing this funding can be accessed here.

The Incubator Support initiative provides grant funding to incubators to deliver support services to Australian start-ups with an international focus.  Grants were available through the Programme to support the establishment of new incubators in regions or sectors with high innovation potential, and for existing incubators looking to expand their services. The initiative supported entrepreneurial activity and contributed to the development of the innovation ecosystem.

Innovation Partner

Local Buying Foundation  | AgFrontier

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is a critical element of the Local Buying Program in Queensland and New South Wales.  For all approved transactions processed through the Local Buying Program, BHP / BMA / BMC (as appropriate) make a financial contribution to the Foundation.

The Local Buying Programs operating in Queensland and New South Wales have independent Local Buying Foundations that meet the needs of their targeted regions.  These Foundations are run by representatives of each community to ensure investments have the greatest possible impact.  For more information about the Foundation including aims, funding opportunities and governance visit the website –   LBF are supporting the acceleration of agricultural innovation in regional Queensland and northern New South Wales through their investment in AgFrontier.

Network Partners

Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) | AgFrontier

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry.

A partnership between the Commonwealth Government and cotton growers, CRDC invests in world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry, and the wider community. They invest in innovation and transformative technologies to deliver impact, and as an organisation they describe themselves as being ambitious, agile, and adaptive.

Cotton is a major contributor to the economic, environmental and social fabric of rural Australia. The industry’s national exports generate an average of $1.9 billion in annual revenue, and the industry is a major employer in rural and regional communities.

CRDC’s aim is to create $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production by 2023. To help achieve this, Australian cotton growers and the Commonwealth Government will co-invest $20.2 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E during 2019-20, across approximately 300 projects and in collaboration with around 100 research partners, including the AgFrontier Regional AgTech Incubator program.

Advance Queensland | AgFrontier

Advance Queensland is the Queensland Government’s vision for the future and an investment in a stronger Queensland economy. Funding of $650 million is supporting programs that drive innovation, build on Queensland’s natural advantages, and help raise Queensland’s profile as an attractive investment destination.  Advance Queensland support AgFrontier though the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), Fitzroy region administered by CHDC.

ARIP aims to transform Queensland’s regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise. It seeks to enable local entrepreneurs, business leaders and key industries to collaborate closely and with government to harness innovation and unlock business potential, strengthen existing industries and prepare regional Queenslanders for jobs of the future.

Development of the program (formerly known as the Advance Queensland Regional Innovation Hubs Program) was supported by research on the features of successful innovation ecosystems.

We collaborate with

ARC Hardware  | AgFrontier

Arc is a new kind of innovation space designed to help startups streamline the development and commercialisation of their innovative hardware products.

Arc achieves this by providing efficient and affordable access to cutting-edge advanced prototyping and manufacturing equipment, technical know-how and industry mentorship. Affordable access is achieved by implementing a subscription-based model and by ensuring that the available equipment is used efficiently and on a continuous basis.

Avestix | AgFrontier

Avestix Lab is a community focussed on fostering revolutionary solutions in the application of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, The Internet of Things, AR/VR and Blockchain Technologies.

Envisioned as a hub to nurture innovation, Avestix Lab provides the resources and culture for entrepreneurs and novel ideas to thrive.

The unique heritage space in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, offers private offices & desks, accelerator programs, business development services and the perfect space for events and workshops.

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