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India's agritech market: The opportunities and challenges for Aussie startups

As the Managing Partner of Omnivore – the largest and oldest player in the Indian agritech venture scene – Mark Kahn understands what it takes to really ‘make it’ after building a venture capital firm from the ground up that’s pioneered agritech investing in India.

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Omnivore boasts a portfolio of more than 25 agritech startups in an economy where agriculture and agribusiness account for a quarter of India’s GDP.

There are around 130 million farmers in India – and while some challenges may differ to here in Australia, India’s agritech boom offers great opportunities for Australian startups to work with India on agritech, related to water and drought resilience.

Our evokeAG contributor, Megan Woodward caught up with Mark to learn more about the Indian landscape and advice for Aussie startups looking to export.

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Global collaboration needed to drive Australian agrifood innovation

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The future forces for Australian agriculture

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