Introducing the Rocket Seeder Autumn Crop 18

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The Rocket Seeder Autumn Crop 18 comprises 10 great new food and agriculture startups.

The group is now four weeks into the Rocket Seeder program and making great progress developing their pitch and testing their business model assumptions. Meet three of the Autumn Crop 18 startups below.

Life Cykel – Tackling the problem of coffee ground waste one mushroom at a time

Life Cykel was created with the intention of connecting people back to growing their own food with simplicity.

Ryan Creed and co-founder Julian Mitchell are repurposing the use of coffee ground waste to grow gourmet mushrooms, “essentially we are creating solutions for the planet using the circular economy as our compass”.

Both Ryan and Julian worked as health professionals in the West Australian mines until their interest in health and a passion for nutrition provided their drive to entice people to grow their own food. “Mushrooms were the food we could grow from coffee waste, which also had significant health benefits for both humans and the environment” explains Ryan. Read more here

Curry Favour – Fresh, vibrant flavour inspired by South East Asia

Melbourne based chef-turned-entrepreneur, Bridget Francis, has created an honest and versatile curry paste with no preservatives, providing an easy way to make friends with flavour.

Bridget spent part of her childhood living in Cambodia, which has been a driving force in her food journey.

“I have been a chef for about 8 years working in Melbourne restaurants but I always find that my cooking comes back to southeast Asian cuisine”. Bridget is “very much in tune with the culture, colours, smells, sounds and the vibrancy of this part of the world.”

Bridget was making fresh curry pastes in a restaurant she was working at and wanted to recreate this at home. But, like most Australians, she was busy and too tired to undertake the intensive process as part of her meal preparations. She opted for store bought pastes only to find them lacking in flavor and full of preservatives.

This is how Curry Favour was born; fresh, versatile curry pastes that are quick and easy to use. Read more here

Winery Lane – Connecting winemakers with winelovers

Co-founders, Steve Mobbs and Cameron Harris have identified a gap in the market with the opportunity to bring winelovers and winemakers together like never before.

Steve and Cam knew the incredible potential of wineries across Australia, but also understood the barriers these world-class winemakers faced in connecting with all of their consumers.

“If we think about Perth, it’s the most isolated capital city in the world and then three hours south of that you have Margaret River and the Great Southern Wine Region. So winemakers from these regions, that could essentially take someone a lifetime to get to, are now able to sell their fantastic wines on a regular basis.” Read more here


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