AgriTech Incubator hatching innovation

30 November 2017

Farmer on tablet next to produce

Rural entrepreneurs are invited to consider a spot in Charles Sturt University’s next intake of its AgriTech Incubator Program to help bolster regional agricultural innovation.

CSU in partnership with the NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program are inviting start-up enterprises and individuals to sign up for the second round of the program by 15 December.

The second round of the AgriTech Incubator Program starts on 5 February next year and will run for eight weeks with participants graduating on 26 March 2018.

The program aims to nurture people with agritech and other business ideas or problems to help create regional entrepreneurs, innovators and start-ups by providing access to CSU’s rich knowledge and resources.

A combination of face-to-face, online, and guided self-learning will help turn rural business ideas into reality.

The program is based out of CSU’s Wagga Wagga AgriTech Incubator Hub which was launched in September to bring university researchers together with technology and business entrepreneurs to create new products and ideas to boost our agricultural sector and the regional economy.

Applications for the AgriTech Incubator program can be submitted online and close Friday 15 December 2017.

The Hub is supported by the NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program which is providing $18 million to the state’s 11 universities – including $1.5 million to CSU – and the CSIRO to work with business to support innovation.

In a separate initiative, the AgriTech Incubator is partnering with with CSU’s u!magine and the Upstart Academy to help SMEs connect with students on digital marketing projects at Wagga Wagga Council on 7 December from 5.30pm.

University student teams will help businesses understand how digital marketing can leverage their products and services, and students will get a chance to apply their knowledge, skills and talent to help business in authentic digital marketing settings.