Sam Trethewey CEO of SproutX to speak at Robb Rural Focus dinner

SproutX CEO Sam Trethewey.

SproutX CEO Sam Trethewey.

Sam Trethewey CEO of SproutX will be the key-note speaker at the upcoming Robb Rural Focus dinner on July 26.

Mr Trethewey will also be presenting at the Rural Focus Symposium the next day at UNE.

Based in Melbourne, SproutX is a leading facilitator between new ag-start-ups and venture capital investors, and calls itself “Australia’s first and only Agtech accelerator”. It has just accepted 11 start-ups into its program, backed by a $10 million venture capital fund.

The theme of the conference this year is ‘Technology and Innovation to Empower your Business’ and has a strong line-up of speakers from industry and research including Mr Trethewey.

The aim of the conference is to address the practicality and impact of new and emerging technology in agriculture primarily for producers but across the supply-chain.

It is a lively question and answer style of seminar where attendees get to interact with leaders in their fields.

Mr Trethewey will reveal what innovation examples are being developed and how they will lift efficiency for farmers and others in the supply-chain.

His presentation at the Robb Dinner is ‘Digital Impact & the Changing Opportunities for Careers in Agriculture’.

While in Armidale, Mr Trethewey will be looking at new technology and meeting with local, budding ag-tech startups being nutured by the UNE SMART Incubator and the UNE SMART Farm.

Successful applicants receive $40,000 in capital, mentoring from industry experts and office space for six months. - Sam Trethewey

“Successful applicants receive $40,000 in capital, mentoring from industry experts and office space for six months,” Mr Trethewey said. “They’ll also be able to test and distribute their products nationally through SproutX’s corporate partners, including Findex and Ruralco.”

The Symposium will help give a kick-start to the recent announcement to establish Armidale as the centre for a New England, Ag-Tech development “Cluster” by the Minister for Regional NSW and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro. 

SproutX was initiated as a joint venture between Findex and the National Farmers Federation and it uses commercialisation methods out of Silicon Valley to drive support and capital into ag-tech startups to accelerate entrepreneurs working on agricultural solutions.

To register for the symposium go to www.une.edu.au/ruralfocus.

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