The Government of Western Australia has lured the AgriFutures evokeAG to Perth in 2024 following its sell-out success in Adelaide earlier this year.
The two-day agri-food technology conference will take place next year in WA’s capital on February 20-21 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
It was scheduled for Melbourne in 2024, but AgriFutures director John Harvey said the decision to move the 2024 event westward reflects the substantial growth of the agri-food technology community.
“We now need a venue that can meet this demand and unfortunately there are no suitable venues available in Melbourne for our desired date,” he said.
Harvey said the sector is now a mainstream area of interest for investors, with investment in Australian agri-food tech innovation growing from around $90 million in 2019 to $248 million by 2023.
“More generally, we’ve seen more high-quality agri-food tech startups emerge — in part because of new talent in the ecosystem — plus increased resources from both government and industry,” he said.
“There are a number of reasons why the West Coast will make a great host state – its proximity to Southeast Asia, its innovative farmers, wide range of industries, strong export experience and an established and vibrant agri-food tech innovation community – these are all attributes that are crucial will be to support us in delivering a world-class international event for our domestic and international audiences.
Event details including speakers, startup and investment programs, networking opportunities and side activities will be released in the coming months. Early bird tickets are expected to go on sale in mid-2023.
Details on evokeag.com