Open your doors to early-stage AgTech and FoodTech companies

Sprout partners are innovative, global thinking companies who support the development of innovation and talent in the AgTech and FoodTech ecosystem. They need to constantly innovate in order to keep up with the dynamic markets they operate in. They also understand what it takes to back early-stage companies.

Through a partnership with Sprout, global companies gain access to the thriving and fast growing AgTech & FoodTech ecosystem New Zealand has to offer.

If you are an international company working out of New Zealand or a global company seeking world class innovation, partner with Sprout.

Investment Partners

Finistere Ventures is a leading global agrifood technology and life sciences venture capital investor with offices in Palo Alto, San Diego, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand. Its team has developed and invested in some of the most successful agrifood tech companies of the last 20 years—building and backing companies worth more than $5 billion. Visit

Fonterra is a New Zealand dairy co-operative owned by 10,000 farmers and their whānau. With a can-do attitude and a collaborative spirit, their 20,000 employees share the goodness of their farmers milk with the world by showcasing their innovative consumerfoodservice and ingredient solutions with the world.

Fonterra believe that dairy innovation can play an important role in helping to feed the world’s growing population and provide good nutrients that will help people lead healthy lives – today and into the future.

At the heart of everything they do, is sustainable food production which they combine with their pioneering spirit to continually look at new ways they can benefit their environment, their farmers, their customers and their communities.

OurCrowd is a global venture investment platform that empowers institutions and individuals to invest and engage in emerging companies.  Rated by PitchBook as the most active venture investor in Israel, OurCrowd vets and selects companies, invests its capital, and provides its global network with unparalleled access to co-invest and contribute connections, talent and deal flow. OurCrowd builds value for its portfolio companies throughout their lifecycles, providing mentorship, recruiting industry advisors, navigating follow-on rounds and creating growth opportunities through its network of multinational partnerships.  With $1.5 billion of committed funding, and investments in more than 220 portfolio companies and 23 venture funds, as well as operating five government backed tech incubators. OurCrowd offers access to its membership of almost 60,000 individual accredited and institutional investors, family offices, and venture capital partners from over 183 countries to invest alongside, at the same terms.  OurCrowd’s portfolio is diversified across sectors and stages, ranging from seed and series A through late stage and pre-IPO firms. OurCrowd portfolio companies have been acquired by some of the most prestigious brands in the world, including Microsoft, Uber, Canon, Oracle, Nike, and Intel.

The Agricultural and Marketing Research Development Trust (AGMARDT) is an independent, not-for-profit charitable organisation focused on igniting a better future for food and fibres in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It does this through targeting its investments into research, innovation, capability and collaborative initiatives that accelerate positive change for the benefit of the sector as a whole and for Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Since 1987 when AGMARDT was established, it has invested millions in thousands of projects as well as providing loans while growing its funding base and establishing an extensive network and strong strategic relationships.

As a small but agile organisation, AGMARDT can make robust funding decisions relatively quickly supported by its trustees’ expertise in business, science, governance and community.
AGMARDT is prepared to fund pre-seed and early-stage initiatives where it sees the potential to help solve challenging industry issues. 

AGMARDT also works to catalyse greater industry collaboration in research and innovation, which are crucial to accelerating positive change for the whole sector.
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Accelerator Partners


LIC is a herd improvement and agritech co-operative leading the global industry through genetics & digital technologies. LIC supports over 10,000 dairy farms and has a suite of products and services start-up companies can partner with for distribution.


Gallagher has an 80 year history in New Zealand and around the world as a leading innovator in animal management. Gallagher has distribution in over 130 countries and is a global leader in electric fencing and animal weighing technology.


Fonterra is a global dairy nutrition company owned by 10,000 farmers and their families. They are united by a fundamental belief in the power of dairy to make a difference. They are a world-leading cooperative, who is shaping the industry in quality and innovation.


Zespri is New Zealand’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, owned by 1860 current and past growers. They place great importance on investing in the future of their industry. They work towards this by fostering the education of young people and the industry's future leaders.


The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT) funds the development of leadership, innovation and markets within the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors of New Zealand.

PGG Wrightson

PGG Wrightson is a leading provider to the agricultural sector offering a wide range of products, services and solutions to growers, farmers and processors in New Zealand and internationally. They have a vast distribution network to over 30 countries and are world leaders in seed technology.

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's Innovation agency. They activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.

EDA Partner


The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) exists to drive and facilitate the creation and growth of economic wealth in Manawatu and beyond.

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