Accelerating innovation in supply chain resilience, urban food systems, alternative proteins and affordable nutrition, a powerhouse of dynamic early stage start-ups from the Asia-Pacific region will pitch their ground-breaking technologies at this year’s virtual Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit on November 18-20.
Start-Up Showcases: (Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 November)
12 exciting agri-food start-ups have been selected to present their solutions on the digital stage – from mobile farming apps, robotics and urban aquaculture systems, to active packaging, alternative proteins and healthy sugars. Seasoned investors quizzing the presenting companies on the viability of their technologies and business models include John Cheng, Director at Innovate 360 and Alex Behar, Vice President at Cultivian Sandbox Ventures.
John Cheng, Director at Innovate 360, says “agri-food has become vital to the survival of the human race. We need to un-learn and re-think the possibilities in this new normal in order to pivot and survive. Food sustainability, alternative proteins, and immunity related foods will continue to grow but at greater speeds. It will be an exciting new normal.”
APAC Agri-Food Start-Up Day (Friday November 20)
Day three of the summit will spotlight even more start-ups with solutions that could contribute to greater food security in the Asia-Pacific region. Enterprise Singapore, VisVires New Protein, Brinc, The Yield Lab, ThinkAg and Thai Wah will introduce their pick of exciting agri-food start-ups, who will each then have the opportunity to present their technology and business model to the global delegation. The audience will vote for the start-ups with the greatest potential, with the standout innovators being announced at the end of the day.
Matthieu Vermersch, Founder & Managing Partner at VisVires New Protein, says: “No other industry touches more lives than food and agriculture. Its impact is undeniable. As early investors, we are thrilled to have witnessed first-hand and participate in the evolution of food-tech.”
Manav Gupta, Founder & CEO at Brinc also notes this significant evolution: “Just like in the energy industry, it’s only a matter of time until everyone stops investing in fossils and moves capital and resources to renewables. Once good alternatives exist, governments and non-governmental agencies will also end subsidies for the traditional players across the supply chain and make way for the gamechangers to achieve cost parity and provide a wealth of options to consumers.”