David Finlay, Orange heading to Israel for ag-tech bootcamp

David Finlay. Photo: Supplied.

David Finlay. Photo: Supplied.

Central west agri tech founder David Finlay is preparing to undertake a bootcamp of a different kind when he heads to Israel for a purpose built program.

Along with five other experts, Mr Finlay of Moisture Planting Technologies has been selected to further his growth and global visibility at the upcoming Australian Agri and food tech founders bootcamp.

The program is a collaboration between Austrade and Bridge Hub and aims to provide Australian Agrifood tech founders with international connections, insights and opportunity to scale globally.

The cohort will fly out at the end of April and will touch down in Tel Aviv to take part in the intense 10 day program hosted by the Tel Aviv Landing Pad and The Bridge Hub Israel.

At Moisture Planting Technologies, Mr Finlay develops smart machines for agriculture.


Mr Finlay said they have been in the agriculture sector for 20 years designing machines and equipment.

"Some time ago we worked out that Australia was only a very small market for the audience we were looking at... it become apparent that places like north America, Europe and South America were a much bigger target for what we needed...," he said.

"This event is solely focused on ag, export, with the start up mentality. It ticked all of the boxes."

Mr Finlay likened Israel to America's Silicon Valley, which is the home of many start up and technology companies.

"So to have the opportunity of going in there for the sole purpose of learning and being immersed in this stuff is just such a blessing," he said.

"It really is the equivalent to Silicon Valley."

Mr Finlay will be joined by Sam Duncan from Farmlab; Agriace's Scott Glover, Lisa Anderson from ThinkBio, Geert Hendrix from Farmwall and Converte's John Ridley.

"I'm looking forward to sharing some stories on how we can work together as well," Mr Finlay said.

"There are many similarities of what we're doing and what we're trying to do to help the farmer."

The bootcamp will be held from April 27 until May 5, 2019.