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Graft Aus-India Agtech Challenge (closed)

A T-Hub and Beanstalk AgTech Initiative
This challenge has closed.
Tags: AgTech, Agriculture, Technology, Australia, India, Climate change, Drought, Drought resilience, Water efficiency, Soil health, Land preparation, Crop waste, Automation, Australia-India Council, GRDC, FarmLink, Birchip Cropping Group, Australia India Council, Telangana Government, Australian Government, Victorian Government
Audience: Other, Subject Matter Experts, Businesses, Start-Ups, Researchers, Students
Anticipated Funding: TBC
Applications close: August 18, 2019
Last Updated: August 18, 2019 11:31 PM
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The Challenge

The Graft Aus-India AgTech Challenge is the first cross-border AgTech challenge of its kind. Backed by industry leaders, government and a strong lineup of corporate and knowledge partners, #graft2019 will pick out 12 'best-in-class’ startups from Australia and India to inject new ideas and proven technologies into an innovation-ripe industry.

While the rain-fed grains sectors differ in these countries, from broadacre gains farms in WA to smallplot operations in Hyderabad, the realities of climate change are shared. Australian farmers are seeking a transformative shift to help them maintain steady growth despite recent prolonged drought. Indian farmers need ways to safeguard against natural disasters and unpredictable weather patterns. 

Technologies we are particular interested in relate to:

  • Drought resilience and water use efficiency

  • Soil health and nutrition

  • Pre-seeding land preparation

  • Stubble management

  • Post harvest crop waste

  • Automation

  • Alternative income streams for farmers

The program is championed by the Australia-India Council, GRDC, FarmLink and Birchip Cropping Group. It is supported by the Australia India Council, Telangana Government, Australian Government, and the Victorian Government.

Eligibility Criteria

The inaugural Graft Challenge program is eyeing the best and brightest talent to tackle critical questions facing the future food system. Honing in on the rain-fed grains sector, the #graft2019 in-country market-access tour will provide a structured pathway to 12 stand-out start-ups and scale-ups. You will be given a launchpad to validate, test and scale your solution.

Eligible startups get the chance to:

●      Assess market readiness for your offering

●      Localise product for the Indian and Australian markets

●      Create opportunities for a local trial

●      Initiate partnerships with corporates and governments.

Sometimes tough challenges need an outsider’s perspective - have you got an eye for game-changing innovation? A proven technology with wide applications? The Graft Aus-India AgTech Challenge is your launchpad to enter an international market and scale your product. Help boost local economies and shore-up global food security with your climate-smart fix.

For complete details on the eligibility criteria that govern Graft Aus-India Agtech Challenge please refer to the website.

Terms and Conditions

For complete details on the term and conditions that govern Graft Aus-India Agtech Challenge please refer to the website.

How to Apply

To submit an application to the Graft Aus-India Agtech Challenge please refer to the website.

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The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The Conversation Media Group
IP Australia
Clarivate Analytics
The Australian Research Council
ACT Government
Australian Access Federation
Australian National University
CBR Innovation Network
University of Canberra
University of Technology Sydney
Western Sydney University