Since its doors opened in February this year, Combine Agtech Hub has been on the lookout for early-stage agtech startups to find their new home in the Perth CBD. Supported by DPIRD (WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development), Combine’s scholarships aim to help startups in the agtech industry to find new ways of addressing industry-specific challenges, such as climate change and integration of IoT (Internet of Things).
Five startups have just joined the Combine AgTech Hub, all with a unique mission to make change in what is fast becoming an essential industry.
Smart sensors have become cheaper and smarter than ever before. Smart sensor startup iGrower aims to bring various data points to the farm in an easy-to-use format. The company’s devices can view data and control pumps and valves using a smartphone or computer.
Communicating with each other via long-range wireless communication, the devices can share data, and with the app growers can check the status of each pump, as well as the temperature and humidity sensors.
Providing organic and botanical products to improve the fertility of soil, WA-based Go4Organics aims to provide balanced nutrition to plants. The company’s aim is to support the local community and farmers with products which are toxic-free and are a natural pest and disease control.
The fertilisers on offer contain nutrients from non-edible oilseeds, aquatic weeds and peat soils, and when used in the right phase of growth, will result in residue-free yield – as well as having a clean, chemical-free environment.
Using its data processing and mapping tools, this startup helps improve farming operations and increases efficiencies by building customisable packages to suit goals and needs. The group also offers cost-effective environmental management and geographic information services throughout Western Australia. All data is processed in-house by personnel who understand each enterprise’s operations.
Co-Director of Environmental & Cropping Technologies Australia Philip Honey has had experience in AgTech, with qualifications in Agribusiness, Agricultural Sciences & Environmental Sciences. Philip previously worked for AgriTrack before he and Co-Director Simone Honey set out to provide cost-effective services for farmers.
Visualisation makes all the difference when handling large amounts of data. Hectare builds simple to use tools for precision agriculture, visualising data on maps and satellite imagery, as well as real-time weather information and rain radar data from nearby DPIRD stations. Hectare also offers access to current and historical 10m Sentinel imagery, colour, NDVI and moisture Australia-wide.
Founder Michael Ford has been heavily involved in the AgTech sector, in the last two years setting out to create a precision agricultural tool that would help farmers with yield modelling and monitoring the weather using digital maps.
Wide Open Agriculture
Vertically integrated, food and agriculture company Wide Open Agriculture aims to regenerate ecosystems and revitalise communities in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt – producing premium vegetables with climate-smart, shade house technology. With its 'Food for Reasons' food brand, the business can market fresh and processed healthy food products. The team also purchases land and partners with regenerative farmers to help restore the ecosystem and ensure long-term productivity.
Wide Open Agriculture went public in July 2018, raising its $5 million initial public offering. Chairman Anthony Maslin’s reason behind creating the startup was to revitalise WA’s wheat belt. Anthony Maslin, WOA managing director Ben Cole and non-executive director Stuart McAlpine aim to bring opportunities for regenerative farming that bring environmentally positive impacts and the community.
Are you an early-stage agtech startup wanting to grow your business idea with a unique scholarship? There are still places available at Combine Agtech Hub. Get in touch.