The Curtin University Business School’s Ignition Innovation accelerator program has up skilled scholarship winners Bronnie Kemp and Louise Edmunds. In its fourth year of awarding these scholarships, the Dept of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), has helped to encourage and foster innovation and business opportunities for the grains industry.

When speaking from her experience, Bronnie Kemp expressed an intention to grow her agricultural software business, which provides instant analysis of soil and tissue infield, which will undoubtedly aid crop profitability. She felt the Curtin program had given her an edge with networking and valuable entrepreneurial feedback. All are invaluable in terms of optimising and availing her techniques to the Australian agricultural industry.

Co-recipient, Louise Edmonds has a different yet equally valid proposition. She plans to run a regenerative training program for approximately 60 Wheatbelt farmers to develop a carbon farming market after an examination of WA soils and their capacity to store carbon.

These young women join an elite yet expanding alumni who have led the way in the innovative grains industry. Our own CEO and co-founder Dr Sofie De Meyer participated in the Ignition program in 2015, which was the starting point for her to embark on the entrepreneurial pathway and commercialise MALDIID.

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