The GATE Program covers a variety of services and offerings
The GATE offers a a variety of programs for ag tech start ups including Mentoring Support, Incubation is for early stage ideas from entrepreneurs, DPI research staff and partner research agencies.
Acceleration support for early stage businesses is provided by GATE corporate partner SparklabsCulitv8 which is co-located at the GATE.
Start Up - Incubation Course
GATE Incubation is a unique program which supports early-stage ag-tech projects or ideas to develop and grow. The 2021 program varies between 3 to 6 months part time and takes researchers and entrepreneurs through intensive business coaching, developing prototypes and refining their value proposition. The course will be delivered in a combintation of virtual and face to face sessions (COVID protocols permitting) The program does not require relocation to Orange but includes intensive workshops based in Orange during the program.
The GATE is not just about agriculture, it's about natural resource management, food tech and supply chain innovation. We do not expect our startups to have a background in agriculture, just an idea that can apply to it. Our previous cohorts included robotics, artificial intelligence, app designers and connectivity innovators.
The GATE Mentoring Services program connects experienced professionals (mentors) with entrepreneurs to guide their journey. The program exists to guide, grow and support entrepreneurs to realise their full potential. The Mentoring is part time over 4- 8 weeks depending on need.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Start Up - Acceleration
The GATE acceleration program is specifically designed to scale early-stage businesses into sustainable high growth companies. Participating startups are supported and challenged by business experts, mentors and technical specialists. The program will measure milestones against pre-agreed targets. Providing real-time feedback to achieve rapid growth and market expansion.
SparkLabs Cultiv8 is the GATE's partner in acceleration provision. Sparklabs Cutiv8 invests up to A$100,000 in all startups in exchange for an agreed equity position. Each startup gets matched with 4 to 6 mentors. Its mentors come from a range of backgrounds, some with specialised Industry experience, others with broader technology experience.
Regional Digital Capability
The DPI and GATE support the development of digital capability for NSW public servants by providing resources and extension services to regionally located NSW agencies. This includes the GATE as a host of the regional agency hub for Human Centred Design training.
DPI Grand Challenges
The DPI Grand Challenge program is a new initiative of the GATE. The Challenges convene multi-disciplinary groups of collaborators to focus on the most pressing problems facing Australian food and agriculture. The purpose of the Challenge is to create key projects that can be further developed by the GATE or other research organisations or private sector businesses.
The GATE's major event is the annual DPI Innovation Day is where we showcase NSW innovators in the Ag tech space with key researchers, industry and international investors. Check out the 2019 GATE Innovation Day.The GATE is supported by a vibrant, active and driven community. A key element which is critical to the health, and development of a powerful ecosystem within the Ag-tech space. Our events include entrepreneurial and networking days, educational and public information days. For more see our Events section.
The DPI undertakes commercialisation of selected research outcomes. Some of these products and programs include plant variety rights, diagnostic tools, data and devices. Commercialised products provided by DPI also includes support tools provided free to the public such as apps for farmers and consumers. For commercialisation activities and opportunities read more.
The GATE can direct inquiries from investors, research organisations and ag-tech entrepreneurs to other government services or start up programs that may be suitable to the emerging regional and ag technology ecosystem in NSW.
GATE Co-working space
Coworking space is available at the GATE for local ag tech start ups and GATE graduates to build an ag tech community of interest.
The GATE is supported by a vibrant, active and driven community. A key element which is critical to the health, and development of a powerful ecosystem within the Ag-tech space. Our events include entrepreneurial and networking days, educational and public information days. For more see our Events section.
The GATE can support start up access to the DPI facilities for on‑farm validation of new technologies across 25 research stations and 13,000 ha of trial farms. This is subject to negotiation and conditions around suitability of projects and availability of facilities.
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