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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Queensland AgTech startups visit world’s best in Tel Aviv

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Queensland AgTech startups visit world’s best in Tel Aviv

    Eleven successful Queensland AgTech startups will early next month be part of a delegation to Tel Aviv, Israel - a global leader in innovation.

    Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said today (Saturday) the Queensland group is receiving funding through the Palaszczuk Government’s $420 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland initiative to travel to Israel.

    Ms Enoch the AgTech startups - from Cairns, Longreach, Gold Coast and Brisbane - will learn from some of the most innovative companies revolutionising the agricultural sector during the trade mission.

    “We need to ensure our local entrepreneurs rub shoulders with the best and gain exposure in well-developed innovation ecosystems and bring knowledge and networks back to Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Israel consistently ranks highly on innovation and entrepreneurship, and is frequently referred to as the ‘startup nation’.

    “We want to expose our businesses to their practices and learn as much as we can from them.”

    Israel is home to more than 300 multinational corporations with innovation operations in the region. It is ranked as the number two startup ecosystem in the world, after the United States’ Silicon Valley, and boasts the highest amount of startups per capita in the world.

    Queensland’s startups participating on the trade mission are Agrihive, Bioproton, BlockGrain, Ceres Tag Pty, Hydrox Technologies, IoT Australasia, Movus, Nexgen Plants, Scout Aerial Media and Surveying, Sustainable Organic Solutions, and V-Tol Aerospace.

    Brisbane's Hydrox Technologies General Manager Mark Trenchard welcomed the opportunity.

    “Israel is world renowned for their innovative and advanced agricultural technologies, especially in the field of dry land irrigation for horticulture,” he said.

    “Having the opportunity to meet with Israeli businesses in the AgTech field and to network with investors and potential partners will broaden the horizons of not only our own business but of the Queensland AgTech industry as a whole.”

    The Palaszczuk Government is partnering with Startup Catalyst to deliver the mission, and will fund flights and accommodation costs. Austrade will provide and fund the curated program through the Austrade’s Tel Aviv Landing Pad, an Australian Government initiative to open markets for Australian startup businesses.

    The delegation will spend a week in Israel from 5-14 August 2017. They will be based at the Tel Aviv Landing Pad in SOSA (South of Salame), which is a community of prominent venture capital investors.

    Visit www.startupcatalyst.com.au for more information.

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