Food & Agriculture Forum 2019

Showcasing Australia's Agtech Innovation


Agriculture is almost universally agreed to be one of the sectors where Australia can take a lead in technology innovation gaining competitive advantage. With the goal to double agricultural output by 2030, sensors and data analytics capabilities are expected to be deployed in every step of the value chain.

The Food & Agriculture Forum provides an in-depth examination of the state of agtech in Australia and globally, drawing upon professional experiences of keynote speakers and panellists. Expect high attendance of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, Government bodies, researches and investors all highly engaged with the future of the food and agriculture revolution.



17.30 - 18.00 Registrations, Networking, Food & Drinks



18.00 - 18.15 Welcome & Industry Update


Eitan Bienstock, Founder Everything IoT


Startup Showcasing 

18.15 - 19.00 Food & Agriculture startup founder presentations and Q&A

Paul Berkovic,  Rayven - Optimising agricultural yield in indoor cropping


Stu Adam,  Agronomeye - Optimising outdoor assets utilisation through the use of drones


Lewis Collins,  BioScout - Disease monitoring solutions 

David Rubie,  Smart Shepherd - Livestock breeding optimisation


19.00 - 19.15 Networking, Food & Drinks

Startup Showcasing 

19.15 - 20.00 Food & Agriculture startup founder presentations and Q&A

Anirban Gupta,  ADAPT Ideations - Smart asset protection solutions


Hamish Munro,  PairTree - Universal dashboard

Charmaine Sam,  Imperfect Market - Sustainable ecosystem for a waste free world

Patrick Edwards,  Ubot - Autonomous Citrus Harvester

Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

20.00 - 20.30 Challenges and opportunities for Australian startups going global

Moderator: Eitan Bienstock, Founder Everything IoT


Lucinda Hankin, Investor, Grok Ventures


Claire McFarland, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Arianna Sippel, Senior Adviser Agribusiness & Food Technology, Austrade

Simon Blyth, CEO and Founder, LX

Networking, Food & Drinks

20.30 - 21.00


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Eitan Bienstock

Managing Director, Sigma Ventures and Founder, Everything IoT

Entrepreneur, investor and startup mentor, Eitan spent the past 20 years working for fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms and founding couple of startups in Israel, the US and Australia. During the late 90’s Eitan was responsible for the development of Intel Israel’s incubator program, which resulted in over USD100M increase in sales for supported companies in the first 3 years of the program including a successful listing on NASDAQ of (NVMI). After selling his events hire and online marketing companies in 2013, Eitan joined Artesian Capital as a managing director, corporate venturing. Currently, Eitan is the founder of Everything IoT, managing director at Sigma Ventures and a non-executive director of the Spark Festival.


Lucinda Hankin

Investor, Grok Ventures

Lucie is an investor at Grok Ventures, a private investment company that backs world-class teams solving big problems to shape a better future. Grok Ventures invests patient capital in early to late stage start-ups, with a focus on Seed to Series A. Lucie started out in investment banking at Goldman Sachs after completing training as a lawyer. She spent several years working with financial services and fintech companies, supporting large scale M&A and IPO transactions. She then moved to London to work with early stage, fast growing start-ups and digital brands, in order to learn how to build and support earlier stage companies. She subsequently joined Sydney based corporate venture capital fund, NAB Ventures, which was a globally mandated to invest in start-ups building products in fintech, agtech, big data and other financial services adjacencies. In 2018, Lucie joined Grok, where she focuses on supporting early stage founders solving for a more sustainable future.


Claire McFarland

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Previously Assistant Secretary Digital Economy Policy and Strategy with the Australian Government, Claire had responsibility for the National Digital Economy Strategy and programs designed to increase the use of digital technologies by individuals and businesses. Notably, Claire led the work on the ‘Digital First’ policy requiring all Australian Government departments to design new citizen-facing services with a digital focus ahead of other delivery mechanisms. Subsequently, Claire was involved in the establishment of what is now the Digital Transformation Agency.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology), a Master of Arts (Journalism) and a Master of Business Administration.

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Arianna Sippel

Senior Adviser Agribusiness & Food Technology, Austrade

Arianna is a senior member of Austrade’s Agribusiness and Food Trade & Investment Unit. Arianna works across Austrade’s global network on strategies identifying and connecting investors, Australian businesses and stakeholders with local and international opportunities. Arianna is currently leading Austrade’s agtech strategy, helping to create and drive the Agriculture 4.0 initiative #AusAg40. Arianna is passionate about the opportunity to grow the Australia’s agtech and foodtech sector through the trade and investment. In March 2019 she led a second Australian AgTech Mission to California and the MidWest.

Simon Blyth

CEO and founder, LX

Simon is the founder and CEO of LX, a BRW Fast 100 company specialising in IoT product and solution development.  Working with technology start-ups through to multinationals for over a decade, Simon and the team at LX have delivered well over 500 custom IoT products and projects straddling a wide range of technologies and industry verticals including; smart cities, AgTech, wearables, medical, consumer, industrial IoT, logistics, utilities and smart buildings. Their work has won both National and International Awards for IoT engineering excellence, product design and business performance. Leveraging this experience Simon has lead the technology architecture of the LX IoT cores, a full-stack IoT platform with the goal of dramatically lowering time to IoT value and scale solutions. 


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