Wednesday 28 October 

4pm-6pm AEDT




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NSW Department of Primary Industries - Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE), invites you to attend GATE VIRTUAL 2020.

GATE VIRTUAL is our  showcase of our 2020 Incubation teams pitching new businesses, services and ag technologies  developed for primary industries. 


Due to COVID we have switched to a virtual event from our previous live showcases. This means we can reach parties across Australia and around the world.  So REGISTER NOW!

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Scott Hansen

Director General,

NSW Department of Primary Industries


Mike Zimmerman

Partner, Main Sequence Ventures, CSIRO Innovation Fund

Adrian Turner


Mindaroo  Foundation Fire Fund

Bring Value Back

DPI Research Project, Dubbo NSW

We are a team of meat scientists and engineers developing an objective measure of carcass quality. Our concept will transform the way that livestock supply chain manages carcass classification through the evaluation of the actual value. Build a smart and simplistic device that assess cattle value before animals leave the gate is our vision!

Contact DPI researcher:


DPI Research Project, Armidale NSW

CattleAssess3D is an integrated system which objectively assesses live cattle in real time to make predictions of fat, muscle and body condition. The system uses these live animal assessments along with genetic and nutritional information to make carcass predictions well before slaughter. Cattle Assess has the potential to revolutionise the cattle industry with applications for all sectors from commercial and seedstock producers, feedlotters and processors through improved management, optimising days on feed, improved yield, eating quality and consumer satisfaction and ultimately producing a profitable, productive and sustainable product.

Contact DPI researcher:

WeedDNA Diagnostic

DPI Research Project, Wagga Wagga NSW 

Here at NSW DPI we developed a DNA weed test to help weed managers rapidly identify tussock weeds at any growth stage. The test is simple and can be used in the field or conducted at laboratories. This will help managers to quickly identify and stop emerging tussock weeds spreading as costly infestations…The earlier the detection of these weeds, the more effective is the control.

Contact DPI researcher :


Hort Innovation Partner Project, Queensland

We introduce the ‘autoharvester’ - bringing mechanisation to the harvest to address labour cost and availability issues for growers. The ‘autoharvester’ - mechanical hands to get fruit off the tree, bringing packhouse technologies into the field.

Contact: Professor  Kerry Walsh :

Crop Count

Hort Innovation Partner Project, Armidale, NSW

Crop Count is a mobile app that uses satellite imagery combined with on ground sampling to provide a consistent and accurate method of forecasting avocado yield. By reducing the number of trees to be counted to forecast yield, Crop Count has the ability to save significant time for growers each season. Recent trials on avocado farms demonstrate that Crop Count is fast, user friendly and easy enough for backpackers to use successfully. 

Contact: Andrew Robson: or

Go Micro

Entrepreneur Project, Adelaide, SA

Go  micro is an AI-powered Phone Microscopy platform enabling farmers to assess pests, plant disease and produce quality accurately with their phones. 

Contact: Sivian

Smart Trough

Entrepreneur Project, Young NSW

Smart Trough offers a smart trough solution, a water monitoring device that sends the producer message when their preset water levels fail. Our distinct point of difference is the ability to reticulate the water, a filter system that gives the stock access to the freshest cleanest water. 2019 was officially the warmest and driest year on record and moving in 2020 water management is at the forefront of producers minds and our smart trough solution is ready for it.  

Contact Sarah :   


Entrepreneur Project, Sydney NSW

KnowHowHere is a Connected Worker App Platform specifically tailored to save time and increase accuracy of the field inspection workforce.

For both biosecurity and food quality, KnowHowHere achieves this by empowering the workforce with the tools they need to make better decisions and capture accurate data more rapidly.

Contact : David 

Your Vet Online

Entrepreneur Project, Sydney NSW

Your Vet Online is Australia’s only 24/7 telehealth provider. They ensure animal owners and carers receive on demand veterinary advice at their convenience, ensuring animal welfare and biosecurity risks are minimised. The online marketplace allows owners, vets and other animal health stakeholders to connect all in the one platform. 

Contact : Leigh

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The GATE is part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) - the largest agricultural R&D provider in Australia, and is partnered with leading industry research organisations of

- Horticulture Innovation Australia

- Cotton Research & Development Corporation along with

- SparkLabs Culitv8 - a leading business accelerator and venture capital provider.


The GATE is unique in Australia. It fosters Ag-Tech start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as supporting commercialisation for the adoption of new products and services developed by DPI’s 650 agricultural researchers.

Since its opening in 2018 the GATE has supported over 40 projects teams/ busineses to fast- track ag techologies and sevices to primary industry. 

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Sparklabs 2020 Cohort

GATE corporate partner Sparklabs  Cultiv8, has 9 businesses in their 2020 Cohort which are looking for investment and opportunities. To register your interest go to  or click here