Agrifood Women Innovators, Catalyst Program Now Open


AgriFutures Australia and AgriFutures growᴬᴳ⋅ now invite women who are researchers (through to Series A founders and Co-founders) with exceptional research or technology that is ready for commercialisation; to apply to be a part of the Catalyst program.

Designed to support women within agrifood tech and innovation in Australia and New Zealand, Catalyst aims to strengthen their networks and capabilities within the ecosystem.

Catalyst aims to identify agrifood innovators with exceptional research or technology innovations that could make a positive change in Australian agriculture.

Through the program platform, Catalyst will prime commercialisation by offering supported access to the next stage of development.

Through Catalyst, six innovators will connect with strategic partners and investors during an exclusive event where they will pitch their innovations and engage with potential stakeholders.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include women researchers, through to Series A Founders or Co-founders from the research and development, startup, or university system with exceptional research or technology that seeks to make a positive change in Australian agriculture.

Your research or technology should be:

  1. In the early to growth stages of development, with a clearly defined value proposition and defensible IP,
  2. Actively seeking investment, partnerships, or commercialisation opportunities.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Exclusive Pitching Opportunity: Showcase your innovation to potential investors and strategic partners aligned with your vision.
  • Personalised Coaching: Craft a compelling pitch that resonates with key stakeholders, with tailored 1:1 coaching sessions.
  • Visibility: Your commercialisation opportunity will be featured on, amplifying your reach and exposure.
  • Dedicated Support: Access personalised support from grow engagement managers, who will try to connect you with potential stakeholders.
  • Promotion: Elevate your profile and innovation through marketing and public relations activities driven by Catalyst.

This program is designed to propel research or technology forward and make a significant impact on the Australian agriculture industry.

We encourage any eligible applicants to apply by the closing date of Wednesday 20 March, 2024.

Find out more about the Catalyst program and how to apply, here.

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