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11th Dec 2023

Biotech & Specialty Ingredients Challenge

10 winners will pitch to a F&B MNC


Do you have a biotech process or ingredient that can cultivate a more sustainable and nourishing future? 

Facing dynamic shifts in consumer preferences and an increasing emphasis on sustainable sourcing, companies worldwide are exploring the world of food sciences and biotechnologies to whip up better-for-you options. The search is on for innovative solutions that can ensure the familiar and enjoyable qualities of food products, while promoting their longevity in our food supply chain.


About the challenge

The Biotech & Specialty Ingredients Challenge presents an opportunity for 10 innovative scale-ups to pitch to one of GROW’s corporate partners, a globally-recognised food and beverage MNC operating across international markets.

Selected startups will have the opportunity to secure the corporate as a potential customer. If your solution needs additional refinement, you will collaborate with the corporate to obtain technical feedback through solution testbedding. Successful trials may be commercially deployed.

The Benefits

Pitching Opportunity

Pitching Opportunity

Present your solution directly to the F&B MNC category leaders

Corporate partnership

Corporate partnership

Secure a F&B MNC as a customer or scale-up partner to help with customer feedback through a pilot project deployment

Mentorship and Networks

Mentorship and Networks

Engage with the corporate’s technical practitioners to testbed and/or refine your solution

Areas of Interest

We invite applications from scale-ups with disruptive or innovative solutions in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Ingredients for 1:1 sugar replacement in beverages
  • Processing methods to prolong the shelf life of bakery products and their fillings

Applicants should at least have a minimum viable product, established product-market fit, and operate in at least one market.

Application Timeline (2024)


31 March

Applications close


Rolling basis till April

Interviews with GROW and pitch to F&B MNC


April - May

Top 10 winners notified



Collaboration Kick-off

Join the Challenge