What does the application process involve?
The first stage of application is to provide a high level explanation of your innovation. If we’re interested to learn more about your innovation, we’ll ask you to complete the stage 2 application form.

From the stage 2 applications we receive, we’ll select 8-10 projects who will present in front of an independent assessment panel. This panel will choose the final three projects that we will support.

Why should I apply?
We’ll give you access to $15,000 of funding and support of experts over three months. We’ll also facilitate introductions to our partner network.

If you have an innovation you want to test out with farmers or growers, we’ll connect you up. If you’re a farmer with an innovative idea, we’ll find the right people to help you build it.

When do applications close?
Stage 2 applications need to be received by us on or before 15th July 2019.

Do I have to be from Manawatu-Whanganui to apply?
No, you don’t need to be from this region to apply but do you need to deliver the project on-farm or have a link to farmers or growers in the Horizons region.

How far along does my innovation need to be?
We’re interested in innovations at all stages. It doesn’t matter whether you have an initial idea, are at the research or development stage, have a working prototype or are already in the market, you’re able to apply.

How are the three projects selected?
Multiple selection criteria will be used to select the three innovation projects we’ll support, including:

  • Solving a real problem for farmers &/or growers

  • Enhancing cultural &/or social capital

  • Scalable for quick use

  • Innovative & sustainable

  • Engaging with & creating outcomes for Maori