Startup Tablelands Hosted the First Australian Future Agro Challengeat Malanda Showgrounds from the 11 to 13 November 2016
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Chris Cameron and his daughter, Catriona Dale of Platinum Compost Pty Ltd were the winners for the Australian Future Agro Challenge for 2016. They entered the Evergreen Practises Category and have an idea that aims towards premium quality, healthy, sustainable, crop production and sustainable regeneration of soil health and productivity.
This is a father and daughter team that has come together to pass on the accumulated knowledge of a life of learning.
Chris has spent over 50 years building up as thorough an understanding as possible (a continuing process) of "The Blueprint of Nature". This is understanding how all the elements go together to maintain a healthy and fertile soil as the very basis of farm and environmental health. The relevance of this accumulation has been widely recognised over many years for both straight farming ability and environmental maintenance. Back in 1988 the Family finished in the Top 5 in the Australia / New Zealand wide "Bicentennial Tree Care Award". In 1990 he was Runner Up in the State-wide "United Graziers Association Centenary Land Management and Conservation Award". He was also selected as Keynote Speaker for the State Landcare Conference in 2009.
Catriona grew up on the family farm where she had exposure to all elements of the running of a very diverse operation. Her latter education path led back towards agriculture in particular its efficient financial administration. Catriona graduated in the top 1% of her class from the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, with a Bachelor of Agribusiness.
Platinum Compost off to Johannesburg
Future Agro Challenge Cocktail Party
Join the competitors, judges, mentors and local entrepreneurs from the community to celebrate the completion of the first Australian Future Agro Challenge event!
Saturday, November 12 2016
7pm till late.
Cooking by Rainforest Bounty's Geraldine McGuire and her amazing chef.
$25 per head - casual/smart evening wear
Awards ceremony, special guest speech, and final speeches of competitors and a chance to promote their Future Agro Challenge entry.
Future Farms Forum
Delivering Future Farms Forums to increase the conversation on innovation in horticulture.
The first free Future Farms Forum which will be held as part of StartUp Tablelands Future Agro Challenge National innovation competition. This will be in also in conjuction with the Malanda Small Farms Field Day on Saturday 12 November, at the Malanda Showgrounds. The Forum will run from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.
The forums are the brainchild of Steve Tiley, Growcom’s new Hort360 Innovation Coach, collaborating with Leanne Kruss, Far North Queensland’s Agricultural Workforce Manager for the Queensland Agricultural Workforce Network (QAWN) and Future Agro Challenge Coordinator for Start-up Tablelands.
These forums in key horticultural areas will be delivered over the next few months to increase the conversation among growers about how to go about bringing innovation onto fruit and vegetable farms.
“The Hort360 Innovation Coach program was launched by Growcom this year in recognition that there is a wide range of new technologies and research outcomes that might improve growers’ profits or sustainability - but that it is difficult for growers to implement these technologies into their current businesses without support,” said Mr Tiley.
“Most growers are too busy running their farms, and don’t often have the resources to investigate the free or co-contribution government and industry support they could be receiving for funding an innovation or change of management practice on farm,” he said.
“This is where Growcom’s Innovation Coach Program and QAWN can help. With our help, growers no longer need to spend hours on the phone or on Google, trying to find out if they are eligible for grants or other support.”
Two startups will battle on the same stage against each other. The aim is for each startup to best answer the questions posed to them. Questions posed to be organized by the judges. Regardless of the idea, size or category of the opposing startup, each startup must convince the judges that their company is the best to invest in.
Each startup is given 45 seconds to demonstrate their idea. They must SHOW NOT TELL.
How does their product/service work? (Hint: Creativity gives extra points! After all, every company must know how to market and sell.) They could demonstrate by showcasing their product/service, showing a video, providing a live demonstration, WHATEVER they want.
The aim is to think outside the box. These 45 seconds are for the startup to decide. Time is of essence the startup must carefully select how to SHOW their product/service without running into too much detail. Leave the details for the question/answer part.
Following the demonstration, the host will pose questions as highlighted below to each startup. One question will be asked per round. Each answer is to be timed accordingly as mentioned. We have listed points for the startup to consider when answering to each of the five questions, we require that you share these recommendations with the finalists .The startup is not requested to include all the listed points nor are they limited to only mention the listed points. Each startup knows best what is needed to highlight!