The Graft program is a bilateral AgTech Challenge that aims to accelerate the adoption of agricultural technologies across borders through tailored market entry programs focusing on the localisation of suitable technologies and business models that drive strong commercial outcomes and impact. Graft celebrates AgTech innovations that bring transformational, not just incremental, change. Through defining big challenges in agriculture and connecting solution-providers to new markets, Graft initiates positive sustainable shifts in a critical sector.

In 2019, Beanstalk (with its outreach partner T-Hub, based in Hyderabad) will be launching the first cross-border AgTech Challenge between Australia and India focusing on finding climate-resilient solutions for the vital grains sectors in these countries. Applications for The Graft Aus-India AgTech Challenge open July 8th.


The Graft Aus-India AgTech Challenge is the first cross-border AgTech challenge of its kind. Backed by industry leaders, government and a strong lineup of corporate and knowledge partners, #graft2019 will pick out 12 'best-in-class’ startups from Australia and India to inject new ideas and proven technologies into an innovation-ripe industry.

While the rain-fed grains sectors differ in these countries, from broadacre gains farms in WA to smallplot operations in Hyderabad, the realities of climate change are shared. Australian farmers are seeking a transformative shift to help them maintain steady growth despite recent prolonged drought. Indian farmers need ways to safeguard against natural disasters and unpredictable weather patterns. 

Technologies we are particular interested in relate to:

  • Drought resilience and water use efficiency

  • Soil health and nutrition

  • Pre-seeding land preparation

  • Stubble management

  • Post harvest crop waste

  • Automation

  • Alternative income streams for farmers

The program is championed by the Australia-India Council, GRDC, FarmLink and Birchip Cropping Group. It is supported by the Australia India Council, Telangana Government, Australian Government, and the Victorian Government.


The inaugural Graft Challenge program is eyeing the best and brightest talent to tackle critical questions facing the future food system. Honing in on the rain-fed grains sector, the #graft2019 in-country market-access tour will provide a structured pathway to 12 stand-out start-ups and scale-ups. You will be given a launchpad to validate, test and scale your solution.

Eligible startups get the chance to:

●  Assess market readiness for your offering

●  Localise product for the Indian and Australian markets

●  Create opportunities for a local trial

●  Initiate partnerships with corporates and governments.

Sometimes tough challenges need an outsider’s perspective - have you got an eye for game-changing innovation? A proven technology with wide applications? The Graft Aus-India AgTech Challenge is your launchpad to enter an international market and scale your product. Help boost local economies and shore-up global food security with your climate-smart fix. Apply now!

A t-Hub and beanstalk initiative


Beanstalk AgTech is an innovation agency bringing a tried and trusted challenge-led innovation process (open innovation) to engage high growth and emerging tech startups to solve mega challenges in agriculture and food across the Asia-Pacific region.

As a humble observer of our food system, Beanstalk exists to challenge, empower and guide everyone along the food value chain to take action to build the next iteration of our food system. We enjoy celebrating the passion and hard work of entrepreneurs and leaders whom are on this mission together.

Beanstalk has offices in Australia (Melbourne & Perth) and Singapore.

T-Hub enables and empowers an ecosystem hungry for innovation. Based out of Hyderabad, India, it leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem that powers next-generation products and new business models.

T-Hub uses the Triple Helix model of innovation based on interaction and collaboration between industry, academia, and government. Incorporated in 2015, it has provided over 1100+ national and international startups with access to better technology, talent, mentors, customers, corporates, investors and government agencies. T-Hub also provides thought leadership for Telangana and other state and central government organisations to build innovation ecosystems. It has elevated innovation for leading national and global corporates, transforming enterprise business models for better.