With COVID-19 affecting businesses and supply chains around the world, there is no better time for clusters to step in and support their ecosystems with the methods and solutions to tackle the impacts of the virus and build resiliency for the next phase of events.
The proximity of clusters to both the problem and its members will mean that they will play an important role in new initiatives and the shift in mindset towards investigating new ways of running operations, developing strategies, and engaging with staff and the supply chain, alike.
Transcending COVID-19 is a webinar series built to facilitate ongoing conversations about the ag-supply chain in the New England North West and how those who operate in the region with stakeholders who are farmers, distributors, retailers, researchers, and professionals, are responding, recovering, and renewing in these uncertain times.
WEBINAR 1: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & PIVOTING CAPABILITIES
Peter Haynes, Agribusiness Manager – National Australia Bank
Derek Repp, Business Advisory Associate – Roberts & Morrow
The official launch of the InAg.tech cluster took place on Friday, February 21 2020 at the historic Tattersalls Hotel in Armidale. The InAg.tech Board and Executive Officer welcomed guests from across the New England NW that represented the full spectrum of the agricultural sectors, supporting firms, and ag-businesses that make up the “ag ecosystem” in our region.
The focus of the evening was on businesses collaborating, innovation in agriculture, and the challenges and roadblocks that both established and startup businesses face when reaching for growth and success.
The event started with an opportunity for guests to connect over drinks and canapes, and were also encouraged to share on an interactive post-it board their thoughts on what areas they see as being the most diffucult to overcome when pursuing innovation and growth.
InAg.tech identified areas such as ‘Access to Capital’ and ‘Access to Talent’ to provide a starting point for the collaborative brainstorm and guests identified other roadblocks they felt were their biggest roadblocks to success and growth.
The presentation portion of the evening was then kicked off by InAg.tech chair, Bert Glover, who opened up on the value of clusters to regional economies, why the New England NW has been identified as an agricultural hub in Australia, and what the assets are that make up the InAg.tech cluster today.
Bert also announced InAg.tech’s commitment to supporting a sustainable future for agriculture in Australia by highlighting the prevalence of agriculture in 9 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. With global economies destined for change, agriculture sits at the pinnacle of climate variability and global warming. New opportunities will begin to emerge as a need for expertise, talent, and skills in agritech.
Next, guests had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Rob Hulme, Asia Director of Beanstalk Agtech as he discussed the role of business and community as the key driver to rural innovation.
To wrap up the evening’s topics, deputy chair of InAg.tech, Anita Taylor, facilitated a panel discussion with panelists Bert Glover, Dr. Nerida Richards, Calum Murray, and Rob Hulme.
Watch below for some highlights from the discussion:
We are pleased to announce that we have raised $500 from the evening’s proceeds to support Blazeaid.