Victoria is Australia's largest agricultural producer, but despite our reputation as the nation's food bowl, our AgTech sector remains small and underdeveloped.

Research commissioned by LaunchVic estimates less than 40 AgTech startups in Victoria, with 80% of these based in Melbourne.

To help more Ag entrepreneurs to start up, we're partnering with Agriculture Victoria on a $2.2 million initiative designed to boost the number of Victorian AgTech startups and build entrepreneurial culture and capability in this crucial sector.

Press Release

Grants for Pre-Accelerator Programs

New AgTech Pre Accelerator Programs

Grants of up to $600,000 will be announced in early 2022 for new AgTech Pre-Accelerator Programs to help grow the AgTech sector. Pre-Accelerator programs provide entrepreneurs with the support, mentorship and networks they need to turn an idea into a viable startup.


AgTech Events Series

Join us for an events series connecting industry, farmers and aspiring founders and AgVic Smart Farms across the state. Smart Farms are a gateway to research, innovation and skills development for Victoria’s AgTech sector.

What is AgTech?

AgTech uses digital technology to provide the agricultural industry with the tools, data and knowledge to make more informed and timely on-farm decisions and improve productivity and sustainability. Areas of application may include plant or animal science, crop protection & Input management, precision agriculture, indoor agriculture, sensors & smart farm equipment, imagery, animal technologies, processing & packaging, supply chain and hardware.

  • <40 startups active in Victoria

  • 80% of startups based in Melbourne

  • Home to more than 15 agricultural innovation and research centres

  • $15.9 billion of ag products in 2018-2019

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Farmer turned Founder James Terry believes Victoria can be a thriving home for Agtech. “If there are 40 active Agtech startups in Victoria, there’s probably another 200 ideas in back sheds that farmers haven’t developed yet”.