The hunt is on to find Australia's brightest agtech innovators to collaborate and solve real-world challenges in the agricultural industry.
Toowoomba's Agtech and Logistics Hub opened in May and has been developing a 'wicked wall' of challenges to help bridge the gap between research and industry adoption.
Hub manager Owen Williams said identifying issues within the sector gives a clearer picture of what problems need solving.
"Using this as inspiration, we're able to be on the lookout for teams and individuals who will collaborate, interact with industry, then develop, test and grow new business ideas, products and services," Mr Williams said.
"This open innovation concept is a major focus of the hub to allow us to further grow the industry."
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The Agtech and Logistics Hub will deliver a series of open innovation and acceleration programs that will fast-track the development of agriculture technology.
To help deliver these programs the hub has partnered with Innovation Architects, a Queensland-based advisory group.
Innovation Architects managing director Mark Gustowski said he's excited about working with the ATLH and partners.
"We recognise the importance for industry groups to actively participate in our innovation ecosystem and collaborate with universities, government, and startups to increase commercial opportunities and outcomes to focus our innovation efforts on areas of competitive advantage such as agriculture," Mr Gustowski said.
"Unlike traditional accelerators, this forward-thinking program will seek to match innovative solutions to industry challenges that we've identified in the agriculture business community, and then drive those solutions in markets nationally and internationally.
"Agriculture represents a significant part of the Australian economy with farm gate output to exceed $100 billion by 2030, and programs supporting new technologies in the sector will go a long way towards achieving that goal."
Mr Williams agreed that collaboration is key in developing a stronger sector for the future.
"Solving industry challenges through innovation and technology is very exciting and we are confident that working with Innovation Architects' framework and experience that we will be able to fast track and deliver on validated solutions for the industry," he said.
The hub is jointly funded by the Queensland government in association with the FKG Group, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland and the University of Queensland.
- Visit agtechlogisticshub.com.au for information on the open innovation and acceleration programs.
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