At the end of April Bridge Hub took six agri and food tech founders from Australia to undertake a purpose built intensive program in Israel to further their growth and global visibility. Supported by Bridge Hub and Austrade, the Agri and Food Tech Founders Israel Bootcamp included participants from across Australia with a variety of new and innovative startups.

The following founders participated in the bootcamp: David Finlay - MPT AgTech; Sam Duncan - Farmlab; Scott Glover - Agriace; Lisa Anderson - ThinkBio; Geert Hendrix - Farmwall and John Ridley - Converte.

The bootcamp was an important step in delivering one of Bridge Hub’s core missions of creating more capacity in the Australian agrifood tech sector for emerging startups.

Grant Fuzi, Co-Founder of Bridge Hub said: “The current landscape in the agriculture and food sectors in Australia is yearning for new and more efficient ways to produce food and fibre right across the supply chain. New technologies are assisting in the ability to do more with less, making tangible bottom line impacts for producers and supply chain participants.”

Giving Australian startups access to global markets is critical as they embark on their journey to build a global business.” Fuzi said.

But dont take our word for it, here is what some of the startups had to say about the experience:

"It’s now only six weeks since returning from Israel and many of the things learnt on this bootcamp are immediately being implemented in the business back in Australia. Israel has a different bolder attitude to developing Agtech and they adopt global thinking and connectivity from early stages in the business growth and development. After the bootcamp I could clearly see the bigger picture, the full global Ag ecosystem how it works and how to purposefully navigate through it." John Ridley - Converte

"There is a lot to learn from Israel’s innovation ecosystem. A notable feature is the collaboration which stems throughout and no one is too senior in a company or too busy to meet with start ups. Thank you Bridge Hub and AusTrade in Tel Aviv for putting together an impressive program during our agtech mission. Highly recommended for Agtech founder if you get the chance." Lisa Anderson, ThinkBio

Dianna Somerville