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The GROW Impact Accelerator

In partnership with AgFunder

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Driving transformative change in our global agrifood system

Our current food system is at the heart of many of today's biggest opportunities and challenges. It's clear that we urgently need to accelerate wide-ranging solutions for how we produce, process, package, transport, consume, and dispose of our food.

The GROW Impact Accelerator, backed by AgFunder, drives this transformation by supercharging the growth of emerging foodtech and agtech startups tackling the world’s biggest challenges of sustainability.

Successful companies receive USD$100K investment from AgFunder and in-kind programme benefits, including an accelerator programme that refines your business model for global growth and plugs you into the AgFunder & GROW network.

Duration: 20 weeks

Join our next cohort

Apply by 5 February 2023 to participate in Cohort 4

Why register?

Sharpen your growth strategy

Sharpen your growth strategy

through bespoke coaching, mentor support and customer validation

Scale aggressively

Scale aggressively

by launching into new markets with customer acquisition, pilot project launches and resource matching

Raise investment

Raise investment

to fuel your growth and deliver impact where most needed in the world ​

What to expect

Supercharge your business growth in an accelerated period of time

We believe in holistic support to founders; business succeeds when founders have the commercial, technical, and professional support they need to thrive. We’ve structured the programme around thematic ‘streams’ for founders to create a personalised journey with a cohort mentality. We interrogate your value proposition and business model to ensure it is validated, customer-centric and scalable. We connect you with customers, suppliers, regulators, service providers, mentors, investors, and provide you with media exposure to help you GROW your business.

  • A series of one-on-one virtual coaching with GROW’s innovation and entrepreneurship experts over the five months
  • Periodic check-ins with the AgFunder investment team including the integration of a framework for impact measurement and stakeholder communication
  • One-on-one mentor sessions with GROW’s global network of cross-industry partners, including international food & agriculture MNCs, brand design, marketing, sales, sustainability, finance and more
  • Group learning and insight sessions to deepen your understanding in agrifoodtech, entrepreneurship, fundraising, sustainability and impact
  • Networking and connections with other agrifoodtech entrepreneurs

Anticipated commitment

While we expect consistent participation to get the most out of your programme experience, we also realise that running a startup is a full time commitment. Our programme sessions are several hours per week of formal activities which are designed to complement and fast-track the work you are doing to accelerate your business.

The benefits

Financial Support

Financial Support

USD$100K investment by the AgFunder GROW Impact Fund through a SAFE, to be converted at your next financing round (a programme fee of USD$30K will be deducted from this amount)

Product Testing & Development

Product Testing & Development

Access to growth partners for product testing, development and scaling

Customer Validation

Customer Validation

Matching with some of the world’s biggest agrifood MNCs to help with customer validation and feedback, deploying pilots projects, and securing new sales contracts

Investment Network

Investment Network

Curated introductions to AgFunder’s investment network of private and institutional investors from across the globe to help you raise your next funding round

Coaching & Mentorship

Coaching & Mentorship

Our experienced team of coaches & mentors offer startups a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts

Co-Working Space

Co-Working Space

Physical workspace in Singapore (or virtual office address, if overseas) through the duration of the programme.

Media exposure and publicity

Media exposure and publicity

Through the AgFunderNews platform with a global reach of 90,000+ subscribers, plus other PR, events and networking opportunities including a Demo Day at the conclusion of the programme

Visa support

Visa support

Opportunity to receive application support for SG EntrePass visa through GROW’s partnership with Enterprise Singapore

Impact areas

We’re on the hunt for companies operating in new frontiers of agtech and foodtech, tackling the world’s biggest challenges of sustainability, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

Advancing Smallholder Farmers

Advancing Smallholder Farmers

Alt-proteins and Novel Foods and Ingredients

Alt-proteins and Novel Foods and Ingredients

Supply Chain Rationalisation

Supply Chain Rationalisation

Climate-Smart Agriculture and Aquaculture

Climate-Smart Agriculture and Aquaculture

Circular Economy

Circular Economy

Food Waste Valorisation

Food Waste Valorisation

Personalised Nutrition & Health

Personalised Nutrition & Health

Application process

Successful applicants for this programme usually have an MVP, are on their way to establishing product-market fit, and operate in at least one market

1

Applications open

November 2022

2

Applications close

5 February 2023

3

Selections/interviews

February & March 2023

4

Programme starts

April 2023

Our 2022 cohort

The alumni of the GROW Impact Accelerator represent some of the most promising technological innovations.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

3Bee

Italy

Europe’s scale-up for biodiversity-offsetting services. 3Bee uses technology (IoT, AI, satellite imagery) to guarantee real-time impact values, to better measure and regenerate ecosystem biodiversity.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Decomer Technology

Estonia

All natural, plant-based, functional food-grade packaging for food manufacturers and FMCG.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Lyro Robotics

Australia

Next-gen robotic solution for food packing, working to alleviate manpower constraints and to improve efficiency on the line.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

MYCL

Indonesia

Designing and producing mycelium-based goods such as animal-free leather and building materials from agricultural waste streams, including corn and oil palm.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Nubocha

United States

Dairy-free, no-added-sugar, and keto-friendly artisanal gelato brand committed to sustainability, traceability, and owning part of the supply chain.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Phagos

France

Addressing the looming pandemic of antibiotic resistance with bacteriophage solutions to efficiently address bacterial infections in seafood and livestock.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Tepbac

Vietnam

Revolutionising Vietnam’s aquaculture industry with a comprehensive suite of software and hardware solutions.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Veggie Victory

Nigeria

Offering affordable plant-based meat alternatives that match local tastes and textures, while addressing chronic protein deficiency among African consumers.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

X-Centric Sciences

United States

Instrumentation systems for soil carbon analysis, allowing efficient and streamlined acquisition of vertically stratified, geochemical carbon data.

GROW Impact Accelerator 2022

Yeap Proteins

Israel

A complete, yeast-based protein source made from industrial sidestreams that can be used as a functional ingredient, bulking ingredient, or concentrated protein powder.

Ready to transform our food system?

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