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Global Incubator Programme - Gateway to Asia selects 8 UK agrifood innovators for new internationalisation initiative

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LONDON & SINGAPORE, 20th October 2021 - GROW and Innovate UK have selected eight UK-based agrifood companies to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Global Incubator Programme - Gateway to Asia, an internationalisation assistance initiative helping businesses to grow and scale in the region, delivered with the support of Innovate UK EDGE and the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore.

The eight teams are:

1. Born Maverick - white-label nutritious plant-based foods and desserts

2. Eagle Genomics - life sciences data platform for microbiome-based insights

3. Entocycle - Black Soldier Fly farming for pet food and animal feed

4. INDO Lighting - optimizing LED lighting systems for controlled environment ag

5. LettUs Grow - aeroponics and farm management software for controlled environment ag

6. Multus Media - animal-free growth media for cell-based meat

7. Neitiv - coconut flower beer for women

8. Sibelius - all-natural ingredients for health

David Golding, Head of Global Innovation Partnerships, Innovate UK, said: “Innovate UK is delighted to be working

with GROW on this exciting initiative which represents the latest expansion of our Global Incubator Programme into

Singapore and the broader Asia region. We see big opportunities for innovation collaboration with Singapore in the

area of agrifoodtech and will be looking to build future collaborations with our Singapore partners in the future.”

David Kelly, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Singapore, said: “Supporting UK businesses in market

is a key attribute of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore. With the Chamber’s wide network in the local

business ecosystem and dedicated Trade team, we look forward to working with the eight innovative companies in

collaboration with GROW and Innovate UK to support and develop business opportunities.”

Over the course of the next six months, the Global Incubator Programme will help these eight companies validate

their market fit and co-develop an internationalisation roadmap to establish their in-market presence in Asia. It will

provide participants with expert support from Innovate UK and GROW, including access to their mentor and partner

networks. The five-month programme is integrated with GROW’s Land x Launch™ platform, allowing entrepreneurs

to capitalize on GROW’s network to access suppliers, channel partners, corporates, and customers in Asia.

The Global Incubator Programme leverages the growth in demand for more sustainable food systems across Asia,

driven by changing consumer preferences, income growth, digitalization, and an increased focus on climate and

pandemic-resilient supply chains.

Her Excellency Kara Owen CMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Singapore, said: “Today, Innovate UK and

GROW launch their first agrifoodtech-focused accelerator programme bridging the UK and Singapore.

Congratulations to the eight companies who have successfully made it through the application process and are now

on the verge of embarking on a new journey in Asia. You are thriving examples of the Singapore-UK partnership for

the future. If there is a key lesson learnt from Covid-19 pandemic, it is how much stronger we become when we work

together. The current global supply chain disruption showed us the necessity of being able to adapt and to build

resilience.

Our bilateral innovation relationship will not only bring technology in the agrifood sector to the fore, but will

also address humankind’s urgent needs on food security and sustainability, just as Singapore’s ‘30 by 30’ plan and

the UK’s new national Innovation Strategy intend. I am looking forward to how the team’s ambitions will be realized

over the next six months.”

To learn more about the programme, visit www.innovateukedge.ukri.org/enter-new-markets/Global-Incubator-Programme

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