NxtTech Team

Lou Villella


Lou has extensive technical, sales and business development experience in the chemical industry both in Australia and internationally. He has held key management and board positions with a number of start up and established companies including ICI and GE helping to drive strategy, direction and profitability. He currently works for a large chemical company as the Asia Pacific commercial director and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and an MBA. Lou is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Darren Free

Sales and Marketing Director

Darren has more than 30 years experience in sales, marketing and leadership roles in the horticultural and agricultural industries. From his early experience as a flower grower to an infield sales representative, sales management and then extensive overseas sales as the Director of International Business for Seasol. Darren has gained an immense knowledge of different crops, plant nutritional requirements, soil types and farming equipment. He is a farmer, running 1000 sheep on a central Victorian property and an avid collector of old gardening and agricultural books, one dating back to 1780. His ability and experience in bringing new products to market is a plus for NxtTech.

NxtTech Partners

indigo specialty


Indigo Specialty Products is a privately owned business focused on production & supply of plant protection, pest control, plant nutrition, soil, water management & biological products. They specialize in Australasian non-crop and niche horticultural markets including turf & amenity, nursery production, industrial vegetation management, forestry, pest control and consumer home garden and pest management.



Bioweed is a herbicide made from natural and sustainably sourced hand tapped pine oil, certified organic input and glyphosate free. Bioweed is Australian owned, made and backed by over 20 years research and development. It’s safe for use around your family, garden, pets and vegetables.


The founders of VIRID Vertical Gardens’ skills and experience collectively span 50 years in Organics and Vertical Garden design for the Australian environment. Their VIRID Vertical Garden system is designed and manufactured in Australia and safety rated to Australian standards. Plants used are organically grown and maintained using certified organic probiotics.

citrusaver fertiliser


Citrusaver is a powerful, natural fertilizer that provides nutritional elements necessary to promote citrus tree health and strengthen the natural immune system. The application process is simple, convenient, and uses existing irrigation systems. Results from trials have shown trees with less fruit drop, increased fruit weight and sweetness, increased tree vigor, and larger percentages of new foliage and branch growth.


Privi Life Sciences is a research based formulation organization with interests in Crop, Human and Animal nutrition. They   have current operations in the Agri-Inputs vertical with a range of products for Soil Health, Specialty Nutrients, Micro-  nutrients, Nutrient based Immunity Boosters and Bio-stimulants. The Privi Group, with a business legacy of over 30   years in the Aroma Chemicals vertical, ventured into the agribusiness domain through Privi Life Sciences. This venture   was conceived by the management following their acquaintance and in-depth interactions with Prof Dirk Vanden   Berghe, an Emeritus Professor, at the Antwerp University at Belgium. Prof Dirk had extensively researched the Ortho   Silicic Acid (OSA) molecule and finally patented the process of stabilization of this molecule.