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Update on the AgriPark and AgriTech Incubator

Applications open for the third AgriTech Incubator program

Got an idea for a ‘tech-enabled’ agriculture or regional business start-up?  The Charles Sturt University (CSU) AgriTech Incubator is calling for applications for the third co-hort of the program.

The Incubator has been funded by a grant from the Boosting Business Innovation program of the NSW Department of Industry, supported by additional funding from the University.

The third program will run for eight weeks, commencing on Monday 23rd July 2018, with a commitment of two hours each Monday evening from 6pm to 8pm at CSU in Wagga Wagga, concluding with a ‘pitch evening’ in September 2018.

The program covers a variety of topics including design and disruptive thinking using the lean canvas business model, marketing, PR and advertising and much more.

photo of Katrina Nightingale

One of the participants in the most recent round of the program, Katrina Nightingale said it’s a great introduction to start-up business methodology.

“I was able to transform an idea in my head to a thought out business concept and cap off with an official pitch,” Ms Nightingale said.

Ms Nightingale is the founder of Virtual Muster, an online platform to connect livestock producers for the purpose of livestock marketing.

CSU welcomes Syngenta to the AgriSciences Research and Business Park (AgriPark)

Syngenta has launched its Australian Seedcare Institute, to be based in Wagga Wagga.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) Professor Mary Kelly said, “We are delighted to have Syngenta join the AgriPark and establish their Australian Seedcare Institute within our Wagga Campus. Our partnership will provide opportunities for both Chares Sturt University and Syngenta to collaborate on future research and development initiatives vital to the evolution of seed care treatment on a global scale."

You can read more about this announcement on the AgriPark website.

Dr Matt Cahill, from Matt Cahill Consulting, recently completed a Market Analysis for the AgriPark. Organisations from a broad cross-section of the agricultural industry participated in the Market Analysis, including members from the Graham Centre Industry Advisory Panel.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with genuine interest to participate in the AgriPark either through physical co-location on the Wagga campus or involvement as an affiliate.  This is a major milestone for the AgriPark and we are looking forward to progressing the next phase of the project.

The AgriPark is CSU’s long-term strategic initiative to create an ecosystem in which innovation and productivity is accelerated through deliberate and pro-active synergy, collaboration and co-location.

You can subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates on the AgriPark and other news from the Riverina.  For further information about the AgriPark email agripark@csu.edu.au.

 

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