GrowLab – Agrifood Deep Tech Accelerator

GrowLab is Australia’s agrifood deep tech accelerator run by Cicada Innovations in Sydney Australia. GrowLab’s second crop is happening right now, with six amazing Agrifood startup companies. For now we are keeping the second crop under wraps, if you want to find out who these amazing companies are mark August 23 in your calendar now!


Mentor Network

A vital ingredient for early-stage startup CEOs and founders is accessing insights, experience and networks to guide them on decision making and open new opportunities. We’re building a special group of industry and investment mentors to help GrowLab founders achieve their ambition. These mentors have expressed a real interest in the agrifoodtech area and have the experience, networks and skills that can supercharge the founder journeys.

Francisco Caffarena
Co-founder, Sprout Stack
Investment Manager, Bridgelane Group
Director, Tank Stream Labs
Gavin Recchia
Partner, Davies Collison Cave
Jeremy Kwong-Law
Investments, Grok Ventures
Tony Holt
Partner & Co-Founder, Square Peg Capital
Sarah Nolet
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Agthentic

Nick Bryant
Commercial Manager,
GrainGrowers Limited
Mike Zimmerman
Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Kieren Parker
Partner, Addisons

J. Matthew Pryor
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technical Officer, Observant
Duncan Veal
Commercialisation Manager, Meat and Livestock Australia
Gordon Black
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, East West Capital
James Walker
Chief Financial Officer, Douugh
Non-Executive Director, BluGlass Limited


Michael Manion
Chief Executive Officer, Keon Research LLC
Sam Bald
Crop Protection Manager, Landmark Agribusiness
John Henderson
Partner, AirTree Ventures
Maureen Murphy
Commercialisation Adviser, Accelerating Commercialisation


Tristan Shannon
Head of Product, AgriDigital

Brooke Saur
Digital Ag Manager, McGregor Gourlay
Chris Wilkins
Founder, PodPlants

Phil Morle
Partner, Main Sequence Ventures


What is GrowLab?

This six month technology accelerator program provides everything to grow and scale an agrifood technology business including access to leading and experienced innovators, investors and business builders.

GrowLab Program Overview:

  • 3+3 MONTH PROGRAM: A three month structured program in Sydney followed by further three months incubation in Cicada’s incubator
  • INVESTMENT & PARTNER OFFERS: Over $250k in program value including $30k cash for 5% equity or at the same terms of a current raise, and partner offers from Salesforce, AWS, Google and more
  • MENTOR NETWORK: Mentoring by leading innovators, investors and business builders
  • TRAVEL: Structured visits to Australian and global agricultural ecosystems for a more expansive view of the market
  • FACILITIES: Co-working space, access to wet labs and hardware space for six months

In addition to all of this, participating startups in GrowLab are eligible to be invited at the end of the six month program to join the Incubator at Cicada Innovations for long-term support. This will provide ongoing support and mentoring from founders who have been through the process of building a startup themselves in addition to knowledge sessions, professional services and discounted rent at Cicada Innovations.

GrowLab will be recruiting for Crop 3 in late 2018!


GrowLab 2017 Crop

GrowLab’s inaugural crop has six rising stars of the agrifoodtech world; all of these startups are bringing cutting edge technology to the Australian and global agriculture sectors. Since starting GrowLab in September 2017 the crop has raised more than $5m in total including $3m in private capital and $2.5m in grants.






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Program partner

MLA Donor Company Limited (MDC) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia.

MDC accelerates innovation across the value chain so the Australian red meat and livestock industry can remain competitive on the world stage. This is done by attracting commercial investment from individual enterprises and others that share a mutual interest to co-invest in innovation that will benefit the industry.

MDC has partnered with Cicada Innovations through its innovation and entrepreneurship connect platform, I+E CONNECT. I+E CONNECT ensures the Australian red meat industry is effectively engaged with the global AgTech/FoodTech/food innovation entrepreneurial ecosystem to accelerate the delivery of commercially viable solutions that create unique and competitive positions.


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