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Get on board with Australia’s first Agrifood Trainhack solve a train mystery ride

A murder mystery on a train is a classic crime fiction scenario – but participants in Australia’s first Agrifood Trainhack will be charged with unravelling, a very different kind of mystery. On board: teams of students, entrepreneurs, data scientists and future-looking farmers interrogating agricultural data sets including weather, production, environmental and consumer information.

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A murder mystery on a train is a classic crime fiction scenario– but participants in Australia’s first Agrifood TrainHack will be charged with unravelling a very different kind of mystery.

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Zondii moves into Pitchfest final at Wagga Wagga

Armidale’s Zondii is a .com business that grew from its CEO, Danielle Morton’s difficulty in finding ongoing suppliers of trusted products for her children. It is all about connecting consumers directly with producers, and advanced into the finals of Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest to be held in Wagga Wagga next month.

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Something on the side

The side hustle. It’s a great way to pursue your passion, supplement your income and even forge a new career, all from the safety of permanent employment. And who better to advise on the pleasures and pitfalls than someone who has been through the experience themselves?

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2018: By The Numbers

We’d like to say thank you for getting involved and share with you how far we’ve come in 2018, we think the numbers speak for themselves!

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Introducing Red8Produce Founders

Meet Anita Taylor and Sarah Burrows, the co-founders behind Red8Produce. Hear their story and the background behind their on farm, mobile abattoir to produce high quality ethically sustainable meat.

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Are you in tourism? Sitting on an idea?

    RISE is a two day event that will give up to 30 individuals the opportunity to pitch their ‘brilliant idea’ for tourism innovation in regional Australia. In only three minutes, each budding entrepreneur can present their tourism idea. Participants made up of high...

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Vote for Smart Shepherd!

One of the first Founders to come into the UNE SMART Region Incubator has been nominated for an award in the AgFunderInnovation Awards.

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Mentor Call Out!

  The ideal mentor has an entrepreneurial background and/or specialised industry experience. Being a mentor is a non-solicitation role and doesn't expect compensation from the startup team(s) they’re supporting.   Mentors volunteer their time and talents to...

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2017 – The Year In Numbers

  We'd like to say thank you for getting involved and share with you how far we've come since launching in March 2017 - we think the numbers speak for themselves!

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It’s a wrap!

  It's always fantastic to get our cohort together. Many had travelled from Tamworth and were meeting for the very first time. After three hours of hard work, each founder presented their freshly honed pitch to a group of judges, including special guest Dr John...

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Sharing Innovation Success

We were delighted to welcome the Hon. Michael McCormack to the UNE SRI and fill him in on what we've achieved in the first nine months since opening our doors.

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In Conversation with Anna

Third generation local producer Sam White, went in conversation with Anna Speer, the CEO of AuctionsPlus this week over lunch, when the SRI teamed up with over fifty local producers from Ebor Beef to hear Anna’s amazing story.

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Founders Fireside Chat in Uralla

Each month the UNE SRI founders gather together with our Expert in Residence Gary Morgan. This month, we heading out into the region and met up at the New England Brewing Co in Uralla. Lucky for us, Anna Speer CEO AuctionsPlus joined in and shared her story.

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Smart ideas hatched at regional incubator

“There’s a wonderful spirit of entrepreneurialism within the incubator and our business is now within an hour’s drive of our target market, which is invaluable for getting feedback and conducting trials.” Dave Rubie SmartShepherd

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Q&A with SRI Business Development Manager

Here, Business Development Manager Liz Egan talks about how the SRI supports new businesses, the nature of some of the starts-ups on its books, and the major achievements of the initiative to date.

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