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Insectta’s Chua Kai-Ning on stage at the 2022Agri-Food Innovation Summit
Insectta’s Chua Kai-Ning taps black soldier flies for high-value functional ingredients. Image credit: Alan Ng Photography

From indoor agtech to blue food: Startups to watch at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit

October 2, 2023

30 startups accelerating the transition to a climate-smart food system will showcase their innovations at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit in Singapore, Oct 31-Nov 2.

Working with the GROW Impact Accelerator, Enterprise Singapore, The Trendlines Group and The Yield Lab Asia Pacific, the summit will showcase innovative early-stage companies, who will present their wares during the daily pitching hours and in the startup arena.

Operating in a range of fields from biopesticides and farm robotics to cultivated meat, startups taking part in the event include:

Agtech: Agros (Singapore), Bloomfield Robotics (USA), Ecophage (Israel), Gra&Green (Japan), Hillridge Technologies (Australia), Plantae Bioscience (Israel), Polkinghornes (Singapore), and Rainstick (Australia) – with solutions ranging from solar water irrigation systems and biodynamic farming airdomes to farm robotics, weather-based insurance platforms, crop intelligence systems, biopesticides and novel variable electric field technologies, fully biodegradable BHPV plastics, and more sustainable beef production systems.

Foodtech:  Allium Bio (Singapore), Allozymes (Singapore), Biotic (Israel), Fisheroo (Singapore), Forsea (Israel), Jimi Biotech (China), Microharvest (Germany), Prefer (Singapore), Reewild (UK), and Solveat (Israel) – offering new developments in cell-cultivated meat and seafood, biomass fermentation, functional ingredients, customized enzymes, next-gen bean-free coffee, and climate tech platforms.

Indoor agtech: Aerospring Hydroponics (Singapore), Agroscout (Israel), Ag-Uni (South Korea), Avisomo (Norway), Mpw Technologies International (Singapore), and Vgreens (Germany) – with modular vertical farming systems, automated vertical farms, AI and gene-editing technologies, low-pressure hydroponics, and energy-efficient lighting.

Blue food: Biofishency (Israel), Insectta (Singapore), Luminis Water Technologies (Singapore), Peptobiotics (Singapore), Seadling (Malaysia), and Seaweedery (Australia) – presenting functional seaweed, marine and insect extracts for feed and food, microbiome analysis and eDNA, water treatment solutions, and synthetic biology alternatives to antibiotics.

The Thai Union Innovation Challenge

Three finalists—Ingrediome (Israel), 350ppm Biotech (Germany), and Oceanium (UK) in the Thai Union Innovation Challenge for startups developing novel ingredients and applications from ocean-derived ingredients will also pitch their solutions live on stage, with the winner securing mentorship and R&D support from Thai Union’s global innovation team.

30 startups accelerating the transition to a climate-smart food system will showcase their innovations at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit in Singapore, Oct 31-Nov 2.
30 startups accelerating the transition to a climate-smart food system will showcase their innovations at the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit in Singapore, Oct 31-Nov 2.

Investing in agrifoodtech in Asia

For delegates keen to learn more about the agrifood investment landscape in the region, AgFunder founding partner Michael Dean will share his perspective in a panel debate in the agri-tech track on Tuesday October 31 exploring:

  • Investment in agri-food and sustainable food production in Asia.
  • Are investments matching consumer demand? Are we seeing the level of adoption initially forecasted?
  • As valuations decline and the sources of capital change, how will early-stage companies survive?
  • How are agri-food investors viewing opportunities in this sector?
  • What can be learned from innovators such as eFishery and DeHaat?
Networking at the Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2022.
Networking at the Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2022. Image credit: Alan Ng Photography

Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW)

Held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Conference Center in Singapore, the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit is part of the Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW) and features themed tracks for agtech, foodtech, controlled indoor agriculture, and blue food.

Key themes addressed at the conference include:

  • Decarbonization: Carbon footprint, carbon markets and climate mitigation in agriculture
  • Food security: Addressing supply chain disruptions and building resilience
  • Digital transformation: De-risking smallholder farming with agri-tech and agri-fintech
  • Scale-Up finance: New investment models supporting agri-tech and food-tech
  • Strategic partnerships: Building bridges for a food-secure and crisis-proof food system

Checkout the full agenda, list of speakers, and networking opportunities.

Use our discount code, AGFUNDER10 to receive 10% off your summit pass! Register now.

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