FEDERATION University’s Churchill campus will host the second Farmers2Founders (F2F) workshop, linking primary producers to global innovation and technology experts.
The free workshops are an Australian first, exposing producers to trends in food, agriculture, and technology that are creating both challenges and opportunities.
It will also connect them with examples and tools to capitalise on these opportunities.
“Our aim is to elevate the role of producers to solve real problems,” said Farmers2Founders co-founder Sarah Nolet.
“Producers have hard-won expertise, insights, context, and networks.
“Agriculture is predicted to become Australia’s next $100bn industry by 2030 and we want to ensure producers play a key role.
“F2F aims to help producers build entrepreneurial and technological skills via tools, resources, coaching and support so they can participate directly in bringing new agtech, foodtech, and food ventures to market with a platform primed for global exposure,” said Ms Nolet.
Local primary producer and director of Gippsland Natural Beef, Paul Crock, said ventures like F2F are vital for farmers to get their boot in the technological door.
Crock experienced firsthand such benefits after attending food and agtech incubator program Rocket Seeder, which provided high-performance coaching when he was looking to scale up the producer-owned cooperative-style operation.
“You might be sitting on the farm and have a great idea, but unless you know the lingo and understand the tools that are available, you’re not going to get anywhere.
“This is where accelerator programs help producers. They teach you the processes and procedures you need and how to think along the lines of an investor.
“You learn how to pitch and what will successfully see investors take in interest in your idea or product. The scope for investment is huge and farmers need to jump onboard,” says Mr Crock.
Following the workshops, producers can apply for the F2F innovation streams in agtech, foodtech, and food innovation.
Farmers2Founders is proudly supported by AgriFutures Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia, and Wine Australia.
The workshop will be held at Federation University’s Churchill campus from 9am on Wednesday, May 22.
Register online at https://www.farmers2founders.com/events