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, incubation or acceleration programs

The GATE program is flexible and tailored to each applicant depending on the maturity of their project.

The GATE current call for applications ends in early 2021 for the first Incubation cohort in 2021 to enter program in early April 2021. Additional calls may be undertaken later in the year for second incubation cohort to enter the GATE in July 2021.

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 March 2021 for commencement in April  2021. 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.

With COVID 19 there are a mix of virtual and face to face options being developed for 2021 delivery.

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

GATE Incubation is a bespoke part time program  up to 306 months that includes intensive at least 2 workshops of 3-4 days.

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