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Frank Meehan of SparkLabs Group believes, “SparkLabs Cultiv8 positions Australia as the premier accelerator for Ag and Food Tech entrepreneurs offering an unrivalled combination of access to Government research talent, farms for prototyping, corporate access and a global accelerator network. Nowhere in the world can an Ag and Food tech startup get access to so much enabling support, which offers a tremendous opportunity to create new platforms and systems."

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Michael Bullen, Deputy Director General, Investment and Business development, DPI confirmed, "The partnership with SparkLabs Cultiv8 will provide another way to encourage the growth and adoption of the type of innovative approaches which have always characterised the NSW primary industries sector. We look forward to building a centre of entrepreneurship in Regional Australia."

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MLA Donor Company is a fully-owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia. MLA Donor Company  accelerates innovation across the value chain so the Australian red meat and livestock industry can remain competitive on the world stage. It does this by attracting commercial investment from individual enterprises and others that share a mutual interest to co-invest in innovation that will benefit the industry.

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The Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) purpose is to invest in Research, Development & Extension to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers. As such, GRDC is pleased to collaborate with Sparklabs Cultiv8 to support the placement of grains-focused innovations from growers and other non-traditional partners into the AgTech Accelerator Program.

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MinterEllison Partner Matthew Cunningham commented, “MinterEllison is proud to be involved in such an innovative project, which has the potential to shape the future of Australian agribusiness and global agribusiness more broadly.”

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KPMG Innovate partner James Mabbott commented, “Enabling Australia’s agtech sector to flourish and generate foreign direct investment and returns for Australian entrepreneurs and farmers is why KPMG are involved in SparkLabs Cultiv8. Our Innovation, Ag and Foodtech and High Growth Ventures specialists will be helping Sparklabs Cultiv8 and GATE partners build investment ready businesses.”

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