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Next wave of pitches at 400M AgTech Investment Forum

MAJOR EVENT: Speaking at the Transport and Logistics Symposium are (from left) New Hope Group general manager marketing and logistics Sam Fisher, Graincorp regional manager Brad Foster, FLA CEO Dr Ben Lyons and TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles.
MAJOR EVENT: Speaking at the Transport and Logistics Symposium are (from left) New Hope Group general manager marketing and logistics Sam Fisher, Graincorp regional manager Brad Foster, FLA CEO Dr Ben Lyons and TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles. Contributed

FOOD Leaders Australia is launching the second 400M AgTech Investment Forum next week, with last year's event merely a warm-up to what we have on offer this year.

There are 12 ideas ready for investment, with our pitches covering livestock, horticulture, broadacre farming, supply-chain and more.

With double the amount of pitches, we are planning on a big crowd of investors, entrepreneurs and onlookers into the $3.4billion global investment market of AgTech.

Investors globally are looking at AgTech as a hot sector over the next decade.

FLA is making sure that Australia's largest agriculture region is on the front foot of this AgTech wave.

400M is an event to inspire the wider region, and companies within it, to think differently, expand on an idea, and explore commercial potential.

The concept is to bring international and national speakers that are successful in this space and have them showcase how to present to this market of investors.

While ideas are sometimes a long way off from commercialisation, the exposure at 400M creates a platform for constructive industry feedback on their product or service, which will guide them to their next stage.

At 400M you may well be watching a pitch from the next Uber in livestock logistics, the next payWave for harvest contractors, an Airbnb for agistment, or perhaps hear from someone who can finally tell us how to make money out of a drone?

The program is not just about the pitches - although that is an exciting component and not done anywhere else to this scale in Australia - but also we will hear from success stories from both here and overseas. We also look at the practicalities of commercialising that innovative idea.

The event is aimed at being a fire-starter for the region; an event that brings the different know-how ingredients together in one place for an action-packed day of opportunities and ideas.

What does 400M actually mean? In truth, all good innovation is about solving a problem.

We see the "problem" for Australian ag as being the finite resource of 400 million hectares and how we seek to feed and produce more from this limited and precious resource.

Visit 400mforum.com.au for more information.

Topics:  food leaders australia


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