Sprout’s location is critical to delivering a world class programme for entrepreneurs who are using technology to change the world of agriculture. Sprout is based in Palmerston North - a global hub for world leading research, science and access to networks of experts in food production and agriculture.
Sprout is situated on a campus that includes the following:
- Delivering science and innovation for New Zealand agriculture
- Massey University
- World renowned university in agricultural, animal science and agritech
- Plant & Food Research
- Leading research organisation providing science and innovation for fruit, vegetables, crop and food products
- New Zealand’s largest food company
- Landcare Research
- Environment science and research organisation
- Leather and shoe research
- International Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium
- National collaboration to create a gateway for global food innovation
- Riddet Institute
- Leaders in Food Science and Nutrition
- Food Pilot
- Facilitates for trialing and testing the production of new food products
In agritech, location is everything.
Proximity to customers.
Proximity to testing and research facilities.
Proximity to knowledge.
Proximity to capital.
Easy access to these resources can dramatically increase the speed at which you can progress a start-up business.
The Sprout HQ team is based in The Factory - a shared work space. This shared work space has a constant stream of leading innovators in agriculture visiting to get their morning coffee and many discussions are had about what is happening in the world and where opportunities for new innovation exist.
An example is leading animal diagnostics researcher Dave Leathwick. Dave is in constant discussions with the Sprout team about new problems they're solving and how they might have an impact on the market.
Within two hours of travel, the Sprout team has access to world renowned growers and farmers in the following sectors:
- Hawke's Bay
- Marlborough Sounds
- Sheep & Beef
- Row crops
All of these factors make Sprout situated perfectly to support start-ups and entrepreneurs from around the world looking to grow their companies.