The Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE) is a NSW Government innovation program which enables greater uptake of ag-tech and digital approaches for industry benefit. It is unique program in the start up ecosystem. The GATE does not take equity position and leverages the world class research and networks of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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.

Apply to GATE

Please apply to the GATE via this form.


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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. ‚ÄčEach 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.