The Fish-X Program is a joint initiative of the FRDC and business innovation experts X-Lab. We understand bringing new ideas to life is difficult. Fish-X provides a pathway for those who want to take innovative ideas that solve big industry challenges and turn them into reality. Fish-X gives participants the tools and supportive environment they need to succeed.

Fish-X has two core innovation streams:

  • The first stream involves a two-day microhack workshop where teams and individuals learn and apply lean-startup and agile methodologies to their business and/or industry solution.
  • The second stream is a business accelerator program where selected teams are mentored through continued business model and customer discovery processes drawing on local and global networks. The program builds ideas toward scale and investment readiness.

Stream One: Microhack Workshops

The first step in the program starts with a two-day microhack workshop. The workshop brings together diverse participants who have ideas for new products or services that aim to solve big industry challenges. Over the course of the workshop participants dedicate their time to working hands-on on their idea using design-thinking, lean-startup and agile methodologies.

Individuals or teams (up to 4) can apply. Applicants can come from a range of backgrounds and may include innovators, researchers, primary producers, fishers, business owners and more.

Stream Two: Accelerator Program

Selected participants also have the opportunity to take their ideas to the second stream of the program, the Fish-X Accelerator. The program involves weekly coaching and business growth support delivered by X-Lab.

The Fish-X Accelerator also offers local and global ‘linkage‘ opportunities where teams are exposed to national and international product innovation services, investor networks, and partner ecosystems.

So far teams have benefited from linking with the Innovative Food Solutions and Technologies (IFST) Centre (QLD), the Australian Governments Austrade Delegation to the World AgriTech Summit (USA), and the Global Seafood Expo (Belgium).