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The GATE Program covers a variety of services and offerings

  • Mentoring

    The Gate mentoring program connects experienced professionals (mentors) with entrepreneurs to guide their journey.

    The mentoring program is the cornerstone of the Gate program. The program exists to guide, grow and support entrepreneurs to realise their full potential.

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  • Incubation

    The Gate Incubator is a unique program which supports early-stage Ag-tech startups, to survive and grow.

    The 12-week part time program challenges entrepreneurs through intensive business coaching, developing prototypes and refining their value proposition. The program does not require relocation to Orange but includes intensive workshops based in Orange during the  program.

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  • 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. We consider our global mentors to be our greatest asset. Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds, some with specialised Industry experience, others with broader technology experience.

    Every week, startups participate in weekly teaching sessions, where they have the opportunity to learn from and network with renowned Australian and international entrepreneurs. In addition during Office Hours, startups can seek intensive feedback from Cultiv8's Partners.

    Demo Day highlights the end of our accelerator program. At this event, startups have the opportunity to pitch to eminent global investors.Additionally, startups can gain much needed exposure and promote themselves in front of the media and influential figures from the industry.

    SparkLabs provides free office space in The Global AgTech Ecosystem, the centre of Australia’s AgTech startup scene, perks ranging from cloud services, legal counsel among others.

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  • Business Services

    Residence Experts

    Our experts are available to support regional businesses.

    Co-working space

    A space available for entrepreneurs and startups who want to be surrounded by the Agritech community.

    Research stations

    Access to the largest cohort of facilities for on‑farm validation of new technologies across 25 research stations and 13,000 ha of trial farms.

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  • Investor Showcase

    The Gate Showcase connects the top start-ups in the Agretech space from across the globe with International investors to raise growth capital and scale internationally.

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  • Events

    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 community of events include:

    • Educate learning and workshop sessions
    • GATE Demo Day
    • Entrepreneurial Meetup Series
    • Connect Networking Events
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