Our Mission:

Farming for the Future.

Empowering visionary founders to build our future agrifood system.


What is GrowLab?

Growlab is a venture accelerator for r&D based agrifood tech businesses

GrowLab is Australia’s accelerator for R&D based agrifood tech businesses run by Cicada Innovations. Every year we spend 6 months surrounding visionary startup founders with everything they need to build a strong, investable agrifood tech company.

What makes GrowLab unique is that we provide a proven track record and commercialisation pathway for R&D-based agrifood tech startups. Based at Cicada Innovations in Sydney, we have partnerships with some of Australia’s leading research institutes as well as with regional and international hubs facilitating access to farms, supply chain participants and food manufacturers. We also have an amazing track record when it comes to attracting local and overseas capital into the ventures that we support.

We are looking for driven and visionary founders ready to push their early stage tech business forward to the next level.



We will invest $30,000 for a 5% stake in your company or on the same terms as a previous raise.



We provide access to an extensive network of handpicked mentors who will provide their advise and guidance along the way to maximise your chances of success.



For the duration of the program, we provide you with free, shared access to Cicada’s state-of-the-art facilities, including shared rapid prototyping labs and office co-working space.



We travel as a cohort to regional centres to get closer to customers. We also have regional and international partners to access field trial sites and networks to scale.



At the end of the structured part of the program, we provide you with an opportunity to pitch your business to local and international investors, media, and industry.



The program offers a unique chance to be invited to join Cicada Innovations’ Incubator for continued support and reduced rent for up to five years post program


Why GrowLab?

At GrowLab we’re making it our mission to nurture the next wave of Agrifood tech companies as they work to unlock solutions to one of the most pressing issues facing our planet today: feeding the world. With a 70% increase in global calorific demand predicted by 2030, investing in research-based innovation to meet this need quickly and sustainably is more important than ever.

As an accelerator run by Cicada Innovations, recently named the Global Incubator of the Year by inBIA, GrowLab puts its crop of companies on the world stage.

If you’re committed to making the agriculture sector more efficient and sustainable by bringing cutting edge technology to market, GrowLab is the platform you need to test, challenge and set your business up for success both in Australia and globally.



Companies accelerated

Since September 2017 GrowLab has accelerated 12 agrifoodtech companies from across Australia and the world




Over $13m in private equity funding has been raised to date by GrowLab graduates




Over 40 people are now employed by GrowLab businesses


Our Funding Partner

Cicada GrowLab is pleased to have partnered with the MLA Donor Company to support the accelerated commercialisation of advanced AgTech and FoodTech innovations in areas such as robotics, animal health, remote sensing, food technologies and decision support tools.

MLA Donor Company (MDC) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia.

MDC accelerates innovation across the value chain so the Australian red meat and livestock industry can remain competitive on the world stage.

It does this by attracting commercial investment from individual enterprises and others that share a mutual interest to co-invest in innovation that will benefit the industry.

For more information visit the MLA Donor Company website.


 Proudly supported by Cicada Innovations’ University Shareholders

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