Australia has established a global competitive advantage in agriculture. However innovation in the agriculture and food industries globally is changing, and the entrance of new technologies, capital, and perspectives is putting pressure on existing systems and ways of thinking. Entrepreneurs especially are playing a critical role in this transformation. This presentation will provide insights into how Australia can build on a competitive advantage in agriculture to become a competitive global player in agrifood technologies, and will give practical take-home principles for how we can all innovate to improve the world we live in.
Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognized food systems innovation expert, the CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm, and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage agtech ecosystem in Australia – from advising dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs and consulting to established agribusinesses, to helping industry, universities and government develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation.
Sarah is on the Board of the Future Farmers Network and holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, and a BS in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.