AUS: Grain Innovate

Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)

The Fund will invest from seed to growth stage in startups from Australia, and globally, that fit the fund’s investment mandate.

The Fund may invest in startups developing software, hardware or new business models applicable to Australia’s grain growers. Click on report image (left) to read full overview of the GRDC 2018-2023 investment plan and key investment targets.

Areas of interest include:

  • Genetic tools  & technologies
  • Crop & environmental sensing
  • Grain storage logistics
  • Renewable technologies
  • Task automation
  • Crop protection technologies
  • Water & nutrient use efficiency
  • Crop management logistics

Stages of Funding

Seed Stage

At seed stage the fund will invest $25,000 – $100,000 in startups that meet the funds mandate and investment criteria and:

  • participate in, or are referred by, partner accelerators, incubators and university programs
  • are referred by industry / corporate partners or other VC firms

Angel Stage

At angel stage the fund will invest $100,000 – $500,000 in startups that meet the funds mandate and investment criteria and:

  • were previously invested in, by the Fund, at seed stage
  • are referred by partner angel groups, accelerators, incubators and university programs
  • are referred by industry / corporate partners or other venture capital firms

Series A

At Series A the fund will invest $500,000 – $5 million in startups that meet the funds mandate and investment criteria and:

  • were previously invested in by the Fund, at seed and/or angel stage
  • are referred by industry / corporate partners or other VC firms

Growth Stage

As a portfolio startup moves into its growth stage, the Fund will work with its partners including the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), industry bodies corporates, venture capital firms and other investors to facilitate further investment, distribution and partnership opportunities.

Key Criteria:

Startups may be founded anywhere, but as part of the Fund's investment due diligence, startups will demonstrate their commitment to  developing the profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers.

Contact Name:  Robert Williams
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