Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem

Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem

What is the GATE?

GATE stands for Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem. The GATE is a DPI initiative to fast-track adoption of agricultural R&D to increase productivity. The GATE opened in March 2018.

Australian agriculture competitiveness is based on our ability to increase productivity. The GATE enables greater uptake of ag-tech or digital agriculture as a key pathway for industry growth.

The GATE offers access to the long term data sets held by DPI and facilitates on‑farm validation of new technologies across 25 research stations and 13,000 ha of trial farms.

The GATE is accessible to any individual, company and research organisation wishing to explore the viability of an agri‑tech idea.

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GATE Vision

The GATE provides a unique opportunity for agricultural technology developers to access DPI R&D expertise or bring their own, and to collaborate with technology providers, business services and investors to create commercialised products for the NSW agricultural sector.

Since its establishment in 2018, the GATE and partner Sparklabs Cultiv8 have supported over 70 businesses/ teams, generate over 100 regional jobs and attracted over $150 million in investment.

Inside the GATE

Every year the GATE will host up to 20 GATE projects plus additional individuals for lean start up and mentoring.

The GATE offers five key services:

  • Lean Start up and Mentoring services to expand capabilities of innovators;
  • Incubator services and support to assist proof of concept stages;
  • Accelerator services and support for prototype scale up and production reliability;
  • Commercialisation and business support including advising on business structures and planning, Intellectual Property management, market appetite testing and commercialisation paths;
  • Investor Showcases. The GATE will enable investment via partner and affiliate networks and host Investor Showcases for GATE projects

Activities undertaken at the GATE would span the life cycle of development - including incubator and accelerator functions and beyond to link with venture capital and investment funds for commercialisation.

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Contact GATE

Carolynne James
Manager, Investment and Business Development Unit
T: 0439 294 771

Phone: 02 6391 3686


How many projects and start ups have gone through the GATE so far?

In 2018 the GATE supported 17 projects and in 2019 the GATE is supporting 18 projects.

GATE Partners

The Global Ag‑Tech Ecosystem (GATE) is the creation of a collaborative partnership between NSW Department of Primary Industries with research and technology providers including the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Hort Innovation Australia, universities and ag-tech accelerator, Sparklabs Cultiv8,

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