UNE’s SMART Region Incubator launches growth-focused ag innovation cluster

On 21 February 2020, University of New England’s SMART Regional Incubator (SRI) hosted the launch of a new agricultural innovation cluster that aims to bring fresh growth to the region.

The New England Agtech Cluster is a regional cohort focused on productive, innovative collaboration in the agricultural technology sector. Its seven founding partners are a mix of industry, government and research bodies.

The cluster is “a network of innovative agricultural growth businesses that aims to deliver on Australia’s ‘regional growth agenda’”, states the cluster’s Twitter feed. It’s spearheaded by UNE’s Smart Region Incubator (SRI), in partnership with the NSW Government Dept of Treasury, ICT International, Impact Ag, Invetus, Red Eight Produce and UNE’s Agricultural Business Research Institute ABRI.

The new entity was officially introduced by Bert Glover, managing director of agricultural asset management company Impact Ag, co-founder of livestock-related precision-ag software firm Maia Technology and Chair of the new cluster, at the launch event in Armidale, NSW.

UNE Alumni @RobHulme2, now Asia Director of @beanstalkagtech, gave the keynote address, heading up an inspiring panel and moderating discussion among attendees, who included FeedXL founder Dr Nerida Richards and NSW DPI representatives Jack Mooney and Dr Annette Cowie.

Watch this video to get an overview of UNE’s Smart Region Incubator.

And look out for innovative ag-tech developments in NSW’s New England region in the near future.

For more information, visit the AgIn.Tech website.