Accelerating the future of food production and delivery

An Accelerator for agritech start-ups

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Sprout Accelerator process


Sprout is a six month business accelerator designed for the next generation of agritech & agrifood companies from around the world.

Our goal….help entrepreneurs grow global agritech businesses.

The Accelerator has been designed by studying the journeys of successful agritech start-up companies. The team has taken the key learnings from these companies, other start-up inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and employees and designed a world leading accelerator in the agritech sector.


Accelerator Benefits

During the Sprout Accelerator the selected start-ups will be involved in the following:

  • Up to a one hour call per week with the Sprout team to track progress against your milestones

  • One to two hours per week of advice/input from the Sprout mentor and expert network

  • Attendance at four underground events held in different locations each month. At these events you will workshop key areas of your business with experts and mentors

  • Pitching and more pitching. Refining your pitch and story to customers, investors and partners so you win support for your value proposition

  • Collaboration and development of the documentation of your business plan and business model

  • Ability to take five to ten individual days away during the accelerator period to travel for specific meetings or business development activities

  • Up to 10 hours per week of Sprout specific work.

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Sprout Partners

Our Sprout partners are innovative, global thinking companies who support the development of innovation and talent in the agritech ecosystem.



LIC is a herd improvement and agritech co-operative leading the global industry through genetics & digital technologies. LIC supports over 10,000 dairy farms and has a suite of products and services start-up companies can partner with for distribution.



Gallagher has an 80 year history in New Zealand and around the world as a leading innovator in animal management. Gallagher has distribution in over 130 countries and is a global leader in electric fencing and animal weighing technology.


Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's Innovation agency. They activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.



Fonterra is a global dairy nutrition company owned by 10,000 farmers and their families. They are united by a fundamental belief in the power of dairy to make a difference. They are a world-leading cooperative, who is shaping the industry in quality and innovation.



Zespri is New Zealand’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, owned by 1860 current and past growers. They place great importance on investing in the future of their industry. They work towards this by fostering the education of young people and the industry's future leaders.

Sprout Corporate Partner KPMG


KPMG is a champion of agritech & agrifood innovation. Around the world KPMG is a thought leader on how the world needs to respond to a changing food market place and a changing environment.



The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT) funds the development of leadership, innovation and markets within the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors of New Zealand.


PGG Wrightson

PGG Wrightson is a leading provider to the agricultural sector offering a wide range of products, services and solutions to growers, farmers and processors in New Zealand and internationally. They have a vast distribution network to over 30 countries and are world leaders in seed technology.


Massey University

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world in the areas of agriculture and food. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining university.



The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) exists to drive and facilitate the creation and growth of economic wealth in Manawatu and beyond.