Dr Darren Hughes met with 120 different investors during the first investment round of his AgTech company, Laconik. Since then, the total raise has pushed through AUD$1 million and has the support of venture capitalists and government.
Prior to Laconik, Darren held technical and management roles over a 20 year career as an agronomist.
He shares a tough story about his first industry job in the US, comes from a 4th generation family farm and aims to ‘explore ways to feed the world through science’.
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There aren’t many Australians unfamiliar with the smiley-faced eggs that Sunny Queen are known for.
Managing Director, John O’Hara joined the team over 17 years ago and has seen it grow from a one-channel, one product business, to the multi-faceted company he leads, turning over $350 million and employing 140 people.
With a $40 million food service factory and $800k omelette-only robotics line, Sunny Queen were also recognised by Canstar Blue as the No.1 Australian egg brand for consumer satisfaction.
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After the acquisition of his online business directory, James Sackl founded Karma3, a bio-tech company transforming agriculture by facilitating the nutrient-rich recycling of waste, using insects.
On the 16th of October 2019, I interviewed James and on the 18th of November, a Sydney Morning Herald article came out that may compromise his integrity.
Instead of allowing this to overshadow our conversation, please choose to focus on the incredible work of the company and business insights.
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