After 2023, local startups will make a big leap forward. We are not the only ones who think so. In December, Fishburners CEO Martin Karafilis said: smart company Startup Hub wants to focus more on that this year. This got me thinking about which regions to focus on startups in 2023.
SwarmFarm Robotics: Gindie, QLD
Launched in 2012, SwarmFarm specializes in autonomous robotic farm equipment built on a “by farmers, for farmers” platform.
As of July 2022, SwarmFarm equipment was in use on 1 million acres of farmland.
OceanFarmr: Batemans Bay, New South Wales
Oceanfarmr, dubbed Google Maps of the Ocean, raised $1.45 million in funding led by Catapult in November.
Geolocation companies provide intelligent monitoring to map and analyze fish farms. It is used in oyster, mussel and seaweed farms around the world. Users reportedly spent up to 50% less time underwater.
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The business was started by a former marine biologist and has grown over 874% in the past year.
Zettifi: Wagga Wagga, NSW
Zetifi is on a mission to bring better connectivity to Australian farmers. In December, it closed a $12 million Series A funding round. It was led by Telstra and Graincorp, which previously received state and federal funding.
Zetifi has developed a long range Wi-Fi solution for farmers to keep their equipment connected. This includes persistent small cells that provide connectivity to devices within range, and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. The latter can be attached to vehicles and machines, thus maintaining Internet connectivity in the field.
Sea Forest: Triabanna, Tasmania
Launched in 2019, Sea Forest initially raised $5 million in funding, followed by a massive oversubscription of $34 million in 2021.
The company grows a native seaweed called asparagopsis and turns it into an animal feed supplement. am. Bill Gates is also interested.
Seaweed itself also absorbs large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. As Perth-based seaweed startup ULUU told us last year, seaweed actually does a better job than land plants.
Subpod: Byron Bay, NSW
Subpod has seen a 200% increase in profits since 2021 and has generated over $6 million in sales in 26 countries. Also, in November, he just raised $800,000 in capital. Not bad for a small coastal startup that just brought a product to market in 2019.
Subpod offers customers a three-in-one system that combines compost, worm farm and garden sheets.As of November 2022, the business had $16.4 million in sales and launched a range of new products. .
According to the company, 10 subpod systems prevent about five car emissions each year.