Collaboration quickstep – Malanda pub ballroom dinner
Start-up and Innovation Tablelands welcome from founder team – All about Start Up Tablelands
Future Agro Challenge welcome Leanne Kruss/Wilfred Russell-Smith
What is the Future Agro Challenge/Competition Guidelines
Fashion parade – Pure Country Malanda
Pitching battle 1 – first two teams pitch their idea and judges ask questions
Robert Watkins – Natural Evolutions.
Robert Watkins is an innovative second generation farmer from the Walkamin area of the Atherton Tablelands.
He is the innovative entrepreneur behind Mt Uncle’s Green Banana Flour.
Rob was the 2010 Young Farmer of the Year for his award winning Banana Blankey, a polypropylene material carton insert for packing bananas.
He was also the master mind behind a banana harvester that eliminates 80 percent of the labour intensive activities in bunch picking.
Entrepreneurs like Rob Watkins help Australia’s regional economies to grow stronger and more diverse.
Pitching battle 2 – two teams pitch their idea and judges ask questions
Professor Jim Cavaye – Redefining Rural Communities: How Rural Communities can be Reframed to Foster Regional Development
Pitching battle 3 – two teams pitch their idea and judges ask questions
Cheese Making Demonstrations. Butter Making.
Lunch for competitors and judges. (one hour to go and look around)
Malanda Small Farm Field Day Prizes and Presentations
National Cheese Judge Jessica Sanderson
Pitching battle 4 – two teams pitch their idea and judges ask questions
Final pitch judging – winners from each round will face judges for final questioning
Public Q and A to competitors
Troy Haines – the SPACE
Rural / regional Innovation & Entrepreneurship – There’s never been a better time to be an Entrepreneur.”
The Nation Farmers Federation predicts the value of Australia’s agriculture sector will almost double in the next 15 years, creating Australia’s next $100 billion industry. Research suggests that tech start-ups could add up to $109 billion to GDP along with creating 540,000 jobs by 2033. For start-ups to achieve that level of contribution, they need industries where innovations can provide significant value. Australian agriculture is just that: a high value core national industry with significant potential for innovative impact.
What does that mean for you and how can you get involved? Troy Haines of the SPACE will share with you the reality of this emerging opportunity and ways that you can be part of it.