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New start-ups to be part of 2018 Australian Cotton forum
May '18
Courtesy: Australian Cotton Conference
Courtesy: Australian Cotton Conference
The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) and the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference will offer innovative start-up businesses a chance to display their ideas to over 2,000 delegates at the forum. The event, to be held from August 7 and 9, 2018, will bring together new and experienced cotton experts to discuss latest challenges and opportunities.

The exciting new element of conference, Startup Alley, is dedicated to showcasing the industry’s investments in start-ups and the emerging technologies that are being developed specifically for cotton and agriculture.

Applications are now open for businesses, teams, and entrepreneurs with an idea or product that could drive impact in cotton production or the cotton supply chain to participate in Startup Alley.

Twelve places are up for grabs, with great prizes on offer including a dedicated booth for the business on Startup Alley and an opportunity to pitch business to conference delegates during the “Pitch from the Paddock” session, led by Chief Queensland Entrepreneur, Steve Baxter. The forum will also offer support and coaching in the lead up to the pitch session from CRDC partners and start-up experts, Cotton-X, along with a full three day registration to the conference.

CRDC executive director, Bruce Finney said, “We’re very pleased to be able to partner with Cotton-X on this exciting new conference initiative. As an investor in innovation, digital, and disruptive technologies and entrepreneurs, CRDC is constantly on the lookout for innovations that will further push the boundaries of Australian cotton. This is a great way to showcase the exciting ideas and innovations emerging from the start-up space, and to connect cotton growers seeking solutions with businesses who may be able to help. We’re particularly looking for start-ups with near-to-market innovative products or services with great application to cotton production or the supply chain and strong customer validation.”

Applicants will be judged by a panel of four including Steve Baxter and representatives from CRDC, Cotton-X, and the Australian Cotton Conference. Applications will close on June 15, 2018. (GK)

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