Who is involved in GATE?

The GATE is hosted by NSW Department of Primary Industries, ranked in the top 1% of agricultural research institutions in the world.

The GATE Governing Board comprises of a representative appointed by each of our GATE partners and two appointed by DPI.

How many calls for GATE applications are there each year?

Applications are open all year round for the GATE and may be directed to the mentoring, bootcamp, inucbation or acceleration programs

The GATE current call for applications ends in early December 2018 for the first Incubation cohort in 2019 to enter program in late February 2019. Another call will be undertaken in March 2019 for a second incubation cohort to enter the GATE in  June 2019. .

How many applications are considered?

Project applications will be assessed by the GATE Innovation Panel who endorse candidates to the GATE governing board for approval. The GATE will accept up to 20 projects per period.

What is the application process?

Our application process has two components:

  1. Written Application
  2. Video submission

What are the application selection criteria?

  • Alignment with GATE objectives and focus on Ag-tech, direct benefit to NSW & Australian agricultural sector
  • Project/idea can bring wide-ranging benefits to the agricultural sector
  • Value proposition to the agricultural sector
  • Pathways to market

What happens once I have been accepted?

Project applications must enter into a GATE Project Deed. The Deed outlines championing arrangements, the description of the project, its agreed objectives and deliverables, IP, recognised developing IP and other interests in the project.

What are the pre-entry arrangements for accepted applicants?

Successful applicants will be notified approximately four weeks prior to the GATE program in late January 2019 for commencement in late February 2019. Project teams and innovators outside Australia must seek appropriate Australian visas. Accommodation support may be provided as part of the Project Deed as negotiated by parties.

Do I need to relocate to Orange to participate in the GATE?

Relocation to Orange is not required by the GATE however intensive periods of courses are held in Orange.

GATE Bootcamps are short courses  of 2-3 day held in Orange and the course covers accommodation and travel costs.

GATE Incubation is a 12 week part time program that includes intensive at least 2 workshops of 3-4 days across the 12 week period.

GATE Acceleration is a 6 month part time program that includes various intensive periods in Orange depending on the applicant's needs.