AgTech Entrepreneurs, Investors, Corporate Executives and Government Leaders gathered in Sydney for SparkLabs Cultiv8's 2019 Demo Day 

SparkLabs Demo Day held 10 September, 2019

The SparkLabs Cultiv8 Demo Day was held on the 10th of September, 2019 in Sydney, Australia with over 550 people attending.  The event provided a powerful opportunity to showcase the strength of the second SparkLabs Cultiv8 cohort of leading Food and AgTech Startups selected from across the globe.

Demo Day Highlights video 

2019 cohort

The 2019 cohort hailed from Australia, the US, and Saudi Arabia and included solar powered WiFi, laser-based indoor farm lighting systems and a ground breaking online lending platform to name a few. Click on the companies below to view the individual pitch presentations.

Investing in our cohort companies

One of our jobs at Sparklabs Cultiv8 is to assist our cohort with partners and funding. If you are interested in investing in our cohort companies and would like to discuss this further, please contact

2019 Cohort Demo Day pitches

Special Guest Speaker


Tom Bull, General Manager at LAMBPRO and Winner of the Weekly Times Coles 2018 Farmer of the Year, shared his vision using sheep genetics to create the 'Wagyu of the lamb world."


Running 6500 ewes on 4000 acres producing genetics for clients that will this year produce a whopping 800,000 lambs, Tom is known for his efforts in breeding sheep for marbling — a key trait when it comes to meat eating quality. Having

conducted numerous trials in recent years to identify the best rams and ewes for marbling traits and breed from them, Tom explained why he see's a future where farmers are rewarded with significant premiums for producing top-shelf lamb

Key Note Panel 

How Australia innovates - delivering savvy solutions to global challenges 


Panel moderator - Pat Nourse, the creative director of Food + Wine Victoria and previous editor of Gourmet Traveller magazine for 14 years was well versed to guide the conversation with panelists; Jock Zonfrillo, owner of Restaurant Orana, winner of the Good Food Guide's Best Restaurant Award in 2018 and 2019, Dr Michele Allan, the Chairperson of Meat and Livestock Australia and Food Innovation Australia Ltd to provide research investment insight and Will Young, the most respected coffee genius in Australia and the brains trust behind Campos Coffee.

The panellists provided an entertaining and informative discussion, sharing insights as to how we can transform the way we create, distribute and consume food. 

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Demo Day 2019 was an event proudly brought to you by SparkLabs Cultiv8 and the GATE (Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem), an initiative of the NSW DPI.