Bee Tech Challenge

Do you have the technology that bees need?  Pitch your tech today. 

The Bee Tech Challenge is searching for market ready technology which provides solutions to key issues facing the industry including biosecurity, hive health, hive safety, and bushfire protection and preparedness.  

Facilitated by the AgriFutures Honey Bee and Pollination Program, the Bee Tech Challenge is connecting beekeepers with startups, scaleups and innovators to support a brighter future for our bees.  

Participants showcase and pitch their technology to beekeepers and other industry professionals at this year’s 4th Australian Bee Congress in Sydney. Conference delegates along with an assessment panel will have the opportunity to vote for the technology that they see as most relevant and useful for the beekeeping industry.   

Applications are now closed. Read more about the finalists listed on this page. 

Read the competition T&Cs here.  

Background

AgriFutures Honey Bee and Pollination Program received a grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to support the industry’s recovery following the 2019/20 bushfires. The bushfires destroyed an estimated 15.6 million hectares of native forests, reducing critical nectar and pollen sources for honey bee colonies. 

In response, AgriFutures Honey Bee and Pollination Program has developed the Bee Tech Challenge which aims to identify established and emerging market ready technology that provides solutions to key issues facing the industry including biosecurity, hive health, hive safety, and bushfire protection and preparedness. 

Finalists

The seven finalists listed below will secure a 3×3 exhibition Area in the Bee Tech Challenge at this year’s 4th Australian Bee Congress in Sydney as well as two complementary Full Delegate registrations plus tickets to the Congress Dinner. Finalists will also present a 5-minute pitch on their technology at the Congress. An assessment panel and delegate voting system will identify the top three applicants. There will be three winners and they will be provided with two complimentary tickets to evokeAG 2023 and promoted across AgriFutures Australia online platforms including website, social media and industry newsletters