Building Victoria’s AgTech startup sector

Farmers2Founders is a specialist agrifood tech service provider formed in 2018 to deliver pre-accelerator and accelerator programs specifically targeting agrifood tech and innovation startups across regional Australia.

Farmers2Founders received funding through LaunchVic's Grants for AgTech Pre Accelerator Programs to utilise its proven innovation pathways model to deliver TEKLAB-VIC. TEKLAB VIC is a pre-accelerator program specifically for aspiring Victorian entrepreneurs who are looking for support to explore, validate and commercialise an agritech startup business.

It will teach you the core skills you need to test your agritech startup idea quickly and cheaply, validate with real end users and provide the pathways to help you establish a successful agritech startup.

You will get access to 1:1 business coaching, real end-users, mentors and funding to develop a roadmap for your new agritech business and help you to acquire your first customers and/or trial sites, build your team and launch your first working MVP into the market.

Key Information:

TEKStart (Stage One): 16 May 2022
Hatch TEK (Stage Two): 8 Aug 2022
Hone TEK (Stage Three): 17 Oct 2022
Multiple TEKLAB programs will run each year


Hybrid model of virtual and face-to-face

What's included

  • Work on your agritech business idea with the guidance of expert coaches

  • Access a comprehensive platform of resources and tools to support the development of your new agritech startup

  • Unlock the opportunity to progress your idea through the F2F agritech pathways (Eg. Hone Program)

  • Funding to help progress your agritech start up

  • Cohort-based participation

  • Access to our broad network of industry mentors, experts and trusted service providers

  • Connections to end users, intermediaries and channel/distribution partners

  • PR and participation in events

Who should apply?

The Farmers2Founders TEKLAB VIC Program is for any individual or team located in Victoria who has an agritech idea or concept that you believe will solve a problem on farm or for the agrifood sector.

You could be:

  • A producer with an idea
  • A team with a producer
  • A researcher/research team with an idea ready for commercialisation
  • A tech developer with an idea
  • A student with an idea
  • An entrepreneur with an idea
  • An individual or team looking to work on a solution with producers

Find out more about the programs and how to apply on the Farmers2founders website.