FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Ideas Program

When do applications open?


Applications are open now. Once you submit your application form we will assess your eligibility. From there you will be invited to join our pre-program online course.




How do I apply?


Book in some time with the F2F team to talk through your idea or submit an application form and we will be in touch. From there you will have the opportunity to join our pre-program online course. Once you complete the course, the Farmers2Founders team will assess all applicants and develop a shortlist. We will be in touch to let you know if you are successful in joining the shortlist and prepare you for the selection panel interviews.




How will applications be evaluated / what are you looking for?


Applications will first be screened for eligibility. We will then evaluate ideas based on their potential for industry impact and/or commercial feasibility. We will look for evidence that there are potential customers for this product or service, or that it provides an industry wide positive impact that will make venture succeed. We will then invite you to join our online course and community.




When does the Program Kickoff?


The next Ideas Program will kick off on the 29th of March 2021.




How long does the program go for?


The online course will be open up until the Ideas Program Kick Off on the 29th of March. All applicants will be invited to undertake the online course during this period of time. Note, all finalists will need to have completed the course prior to the commencement of the Ideas Program on the 29th of March. The Ideas Program is for 12 weeks following kickoff until mid-June.




Do I need to have an idea for a business or technology?


Yes. You do not have to have started building it though. And it does not have to be a technology- value-added food products for consumers, new food processing technology, and value chain innovations are also welcome to apply.




Do I need to be a primary producer?


Yes, each team must have at least one primary producer involved.




What are the key benefits?


This program is designed to help you test the potential of your idea, and determine how far you want to take it. Each participant will have different goals, such as industry impact, getting closer to consumers, building a big technology company, or creating an additional revenue stream- that’s ok! We will help you get started, and give you the tools you need to make progress toward your goal. Things you will learn include:

  • how to operate using the best practices, processes, and tools that successful entrepreneurs use
  • how to know if your idea is worth pursuing
  • what resources will be required to achieve your goals, and how to attract them




Is this the only program you’ll run?


No, we launch multiple programs throughout the year. Sign up to the mailing list to stay in the loop.




What else do I get?


You will receive expert coaching and mentoring, funding, weekly exercises, access to a national community of progressive producers, and more.




Does it cost anything?


No, but you contribute $1k toward your venture. This does not go to coaching or the program, you get this money to spend on program activities. We match this $1K with $3K in funding to progress your new business idea forward.




Do you take equity?


No!




How many hours per week will I need to commit?


The 12 week program will be intense, but like most things, the more you put in, the more you get out. Over the 12 week program we expect you to spend 5-10 hours/week on your venture.




Who are the coaches and mentors?


The main program coaches are Christine Pitt, Sarah Nolet, Skye Raward, Peter Crane and Cass Mao. Program mentors will be selected based on the participants in each program, but will include experienced entrepreneurs, producer-led new venture teams, and experts in key skills (e.g., website design, product design, accessing capital, digital marketing, etc.).




How many teams will be accepted?


12-14 participants




Where is the program located?


Currently the program is delivered fully remotely. However, as we assess the situation with COVID-19 in the new year we will try to co-ordinate some face-to-face delivery. Location TBC.




How can I learn more or ask questions?


Email admin@farmers2founders.com or book in for a office hours session with one of the F2F team.




Do you own my IP?


No!




How does the program work?


Each week, we will have a group check in where we review the exercises from the previous week, go over new training material, and often have external experts join. You will also be given your own business coach that will provide custom guidance and support for you and your team. At the end of the 12 week program, you will have a clear idea of whether you want to scale your venture, and what it will take. You will also have a new toolkit to help you maximise your impact.




Will we receive support to travel to any face-to-face events in the program?


Yes, a travel subsidy will be provided to support travel to events.





Bootcamp Program

When do applications open?


Subscribe to our mailing list for regular updates




How many teams will be accepted?


12 teams




How do I apply?


Once applications are open we will ask you to complete a registration form. The Farmers2Founders team will use your responses to the application form to shortlist applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Applicants that are not shortlisted will be notified by email.




How will applications be evaluated / what are you looking for?


Applications will first be screened for eligibility. We will then evaluate ideas based on their potential for industry impact and/or commercial feasibility. We will look for evidence that there are potential customers for this product or service, or that it provides an industry wide positive impact that will make venture succeed.




When does the Program Kickoff?


The next Ideas Program will kick off in March 2020




How long does the program go for?


8 weeks following kickoff




Where is the program located?


Location TBD




Will we receive support to travel to the kickoff?


Yes, a travel subsidy will be provided to support travel to this event.




Do I need to have an idea for a business or technology?


Yes. You do not have to have started building it, though. And it does not have to be a technology- food, foodtech, and value chain innovations are also welcome to apply.




Do I need to be a primary producer?


Yes, each team must have at least one primary producer involved.




Is this the only program you’ll run?


No, we expect to launch regular programs. Sign up to the mailing list to stay in the loop.




What are the key benefits?


This program is designed to help you test the potential of your idea, and determine how far you want to take it. Each participant will have different goals, such as industry impact, getting closer to consumers, building a big technology company, or creating an additional revenue stream- that’s ok! We will help you get started, and give you the tools you need to make progress toward your goal. Things you will learn include:

  • how to operate using the best practices, processes, and tools that successful entrepreneurs use
  • how to know if your idea is worth pursuing
  • what resources will be required to achieve your goals, and how to attract them




What else do I get?


You will receive expert coaching and mentoring, funding, weekly exercises, access to a national community of progressive producers, and more.




How does the program work?


Each week, we will have a group check in where we review the exercises from the previous week, go over new training material, and often have a guest lecture from an industry expert. You will also be given a mentor and/or coach that will provide custom guidance and support for you and your team. At the end of the 8 week program, you will have a clear idea of whether you want to scale your venture, and what it will take. You will also have a new toolkit to help you maximise your impact.




Does it cost anything?


No, but you contribute $1k toward your venture. This does not go to coaching or the program, you get this money to spend on program activities.




Do you take equity?


No!




Do you own my IP?


No!




How many hours per week will I need to commit?


The 8 week program will be intense, but like most things, the more you put in, the more you get out. Over the 8 week program we expect you to spend 6-10 hours/week on your venture.




How can I learn more or ask questions?


Email admin@farmers2founders.com




Who are the coaches and mentors?


The main program coaches are Christine Pitt, Sarah Nolet, and Cass Mao. Program mentors will be selected based on the participants in each program, but will include experienced entrepreneurs, producer-led new venture teams, and experts in key skills (e.g., website design, product design, accessing capital, digital marketing, etc.).





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