The Top 10 Ideas

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This week was pitch night. We heard from the Top 10 ideas put forward during our call for Innovation Projects.

Drilling down to ten ideas was no easy task. In our first ever call out, we were inundated with 50 applications. The creativity that exists across rural New Zealand is boundless! 

We convened an Independent Assessment Panel, comprised of Pete Fitzherbert, a sheep and beef farmer from Hunterville; Peter Madden, a Maori Agribusiness Consultant; Gina Lucci, Scientist at AgResearch; and Terry Southern, Founder & CEO of Beta Solutions. 

Ideas were assessed on the way they solve real problems for farmers and growers; enhance cultural and social capital; are innovative & sustainable; and engage with, and create, outcomes for Maori. 

The Top 10 Ideas

  • Alex Stewart from WombatNET - Democratising affordable internet access to rural farms and communities.

  • Andrea Watson from – Tracking high value and perishable goods giving businesses the visibility to manage their Supply Chain.

  • Darryn Newman from Eco-nomic Construction Ltd – Allowing for the harvest of forestry from steep land, with limited roading infrastructure, through innovative technology.

  • George Matthews & the New Zealand Landcare Trust – Manufacturing biochar to mitigate nutrient loss and develop healthy soils by the direct drilling of biochar into soils.

  • Kavitha Kongara from Massey University -  Trailing the use of long lasting analgesic in lambs, during docking and castration.

  • Lisa Warbrick from Smith Warbrick & Associates Ltd – Establishing a Maori Agribusiness Collective, for Maori, by Maori.

  • Alexandra Tully & Scott Cameron – Providing an additional income stream to the primary industries using current resources, NZ wide.

  • Brendan Lochhead – Redefining grazing management on dairy farms by tracking the position of a mob of cows with a GPS device.

  • Neridee Kerrison from Hugo Plastics –Trailing a sustainable plastic calf pen to improve hygiene and reduce the risk of disease in calves.

  • Jo Kerslake from Abacus Bio – Developing a simple calculator to quantify biological emissions on farm.

Next week we will be announcing the winning three ideas, who we will be supporting grow and develop over the next few months. Watch this space!