Our Program

Seedlab Tasmania is a newly created incubator for startup and early stage food, drink, agri-food and agri-tourism businesses with global potential who need advice, assistance and introductions.

The Seedlab Tasmania incubator will provide expertise, resources and training to de-risk export and drive profitable growth.

Germinate Bootcamps

You will develop an understanding of how to validate and grow your idea into viable and sustainable export ready businesses with a unique selling point. Germinate Bootcamps are 2-day pre-incubator workshops to upskill startups in export market opportunities and core enterprise skills. We will deliver a baseline understanding and common framework for building your business. Seedlab Tasmania will assess the export market opportunity and the technical and commercial viability of your ideas. Held at three different intervals throughout 2020 and 2021, Germinate Bootcamps will occur in the North-West, North and South of the state; we expect participation from over 200 individuals in Germinate Bootcamps. If you are a startup in the food, drink and agri- sectors who have exporting on their radar at some point in time in the future.Round #2 of Germinate Bootcamps will be in September, 2020.


In our 6 month intense accelerator program, you will gain an understanding of what’s required to have a viable, sustainable business model. Cultivate is an intensive free 6-month incubator program for 3 cohort groups of up to 15 qualified Germinate Bootcamp graduates to improve their proposition and craft an export business model.. We will help you bring a Minimum Viable Product onto the marketplace, available for sale. Or you will leave with the design for this, and a clear pathway forward. Cultivate is an intensive 6-month program with two-way expectations and commitment for success via an agreed Participant Charter. Participants will improve their proposition and craft an export business model. You will progress from product concept to being “pitch ready”, via specific workshops, Pitch Fest, hackathons, and by receiving national and export market insights, to mention just a few things. Entry is by invitation only, following successful completion of a Germinate Bootcamp.

Propagate Masterclasses

Propagate Masterclasses will be held at regular intervals on specific topics of interest, featuring globally recognised speakers. Available free to Germinate and Cultivate graduates and also by a small fee to the other Tasmanian businesses and interested parties. Propagate also involves individual mentoring for Cultivate Graduates, access to factories for scale-up, office space and other requirements, plus the Startup Fine Food Awards and In-store Product Market Testing. Check out our Events for upcoming Propagate Masterclasses.

Upcoming Masterclasses

April 6th, 2020: Propagate Masterclass, Devonport Paranaple Centre.  Sustainable, Nutritious Food Production. Barbara Bray MBE (UK) – Nuffield Scholar, Belinda Hazell and Dr Hazel MacTavish-West – Churchill Fellows. 

August tbc, 2020: Propagate Masterclass, Launceston tbc.  Plant-based product development (how to turn recipes and ideas into products; how to work with retailers). Derek Sarno (UK) – Wicked Kitchen (Tesco) and Wicked Healthy.


Our Seedlab Tasmania Alumni enables continued involvement, growth and an opportunity to give back to new startup extrants, and to the Tasmanian Food, Agri-business and Agri-Tourism sectors.

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