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. The GATE does not take equity position and leverages the world class research and networks of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The GATE offered a variety of programs for ag tech start ups including Mentoring SupportR&D support, Product validation and commercial partnerships 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.

The GATE is not running a 2023 program.


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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.