Business support for food, drink and agritourism businesses.

Start, Scale, Grow

Practical, hands-on support and guidance from friendly experts.

The Seedlab Programme

Seedlab Tasmania Bootcamp Startup Plan on a Page Ian Sypkes at Bootcamp


Start working on your idea or business with Germinate Bootcamp where Seedlab will help you build core business skills and more. We’ll help you develop your story and pitch, a simple but focused business plan, and you’ll understand more about being export-ready.


Develop your business and proposition further with the Cultivate Accelerator – a more intense 6 month (online) program of training and coaching with experts. Startups will develop their Minimum Viable Product, market test it, and progress to being Investor-Ready.

Seedlab Tasmania Accelerate Your Business Ian Sypkes at First Harvest
Incubating for growth


Once you have completed Cultivate and are ready to scale and grow, Propagate – the Incubator – provides access to specific assistance just for your startup business to help become export-ready. Propagate also includes Masterclasses from global topic specialists on a wide range of topics, available to the Seedlab community and the wider food network in Tasmania.

"Cultivate helped us re-focus and think ahead for the future. Changing some of our processes, and feeling more confident that we can make the business work. We are aiming to approach more retailers with a better understanding of what they require. We feel like our brand has a bit more substance - not just mushrooms anymore"

Aimee Datlen, – Little Isle Mushrooms.

“It’s one of the best things you will ever do for your business. The networks, knowledge and support are invaluable - Cultivate shouldn’t be free as its value is priceless. Be open and ready for a huge journey and make time to take it all in”!

Rachel Jacka – Guide Falls Farm.

"I gained a rapid knowledge of my specific business blind spots. I built confidence and knowledge in what is needed to launch my business successfully. And I gained a very strong network of contacts that I would likely not be able to connect with otherwise"

Ian Sypkes, – Sanyou Baijiu.

Are you Ready?

Working with Seedlab is an exciting, uplifting process with endless possibilities.
We don’t fish for you, we teach you how to fish. Let’s get started.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Here are some answers about Seedlab

What types of businesses will Seedlab Tasmania help?

The Seedlab Tasmania Incubator is for Tasmanians: people with an idea and startup (start-up, or early stage) businesses developing food and drink products that may have potential for export markets, or agri-tourism ventures for international visitors.

Is the assistance from Seedlab Tasmania free?

Seedlab Tasmania is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through Incubator Support initiative funding as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. In addition to sponsorship from other Tasmanian and Australian institutes/companies. This support funds the time of the Seedlab team to develop and deliver the programme, and for materials and some travel and other costs for eligible startups to access the program. It does not cover all the costs required for you to start, scale and grow a business. We will “teach you how to fish”; we are not there to fish for you.

What is the definition of a “startup” (“start-up”)?

Startups are “innovative, adaptive, early stage and scaleable businesses”. Generally, a startup will have been trading for less than 3 years and would not yet be investor-ready.

What does “export-ready” mean?

“Export-ready” means that at some point in the future, you have the interest and will to export your products or services outside of Australia. There is no defined time-frame for this – it could be within 5 years. For agri-tourism ventures, “export-ready” means your idea would potentially attract international visitors to Tasmania.

Is it for me?

Yes – if you can answer “Yes” to these questions:

Is your idea related to food, drinks, agri-food or agri-tourism?

Are you (or do you intend to be) based in Tasmania?

Have you been trading for less than 3 years, or not at all yet?

Do you intend that a significant proportion of jobs and economic growth created by your activity will occur in Tasmania?

Do you have an interest in selling your products/services beyond Australia in the next 5 years, or in attracting international visitors to your agri-tourism venture

Which types of business aren’t eligible for support from Seedlab Tasmania?

Your business or idea isn’t eligible if: you are already an existing company with a long trading history, are setting up a new division or a new entity within a consolidated group, are creating an Australian office for an established multi-national, or you are a Small/Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) with a proven sales record and credit history that could access finance for your new idea.

When do Seedlab Programmes happen – and how often?

We have three (3) cohort groups for Bootcamp: Feb 2020; October 2020 and April/May 2021. Applications will close around 3 weeks before each Bootcamp. We have three (3) rounds of Cultivate too; each of which runs for 6 months and starts a few weeks after Bootcamp.

The Seedlab Tasmania Project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through Incubator Support initiative funding as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. In addition to sponsorship from other institutes/companies:

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