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Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia 2024 - Founders Hub

The trade fair provides a focused exhibition platform for industry players in the agri-food industry to launch, showcase and testbed their solutions with an introduction and consolidation of contents-rich sessions with Founders Hub; a Founders Stage sharing of insights into the Founders’ journeys, on what they’ve learnt from their mistakes along the way.

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2023 Programme

11:00am - 1:00pm
(120 Mins)

Cultivated Meat Pavilion  by APAC-SCA

11:00am - 11:10am
The Future of Cultivated Fish
Mihir Pershad, Founder & CEO, Umami Bioworks

11:10am - 11:20am
The Journey to Mainstreaming Cultivated Meat Products
Eelke Kroes, Strategic Advisor, Meatable

11:20am - 11:30am
Opportunities of Cultivated Meats
Kenneth Chung, Head of Finance & Capital Markets,  Avant Meats

11:30am - 11:40am
Scalable Cel Culture Media Solution for Commercializing Cultivated Meat at a Large Scale
Louis Cheung, CEO, JS Biosciences Co., Ltd

11:40am - 11:50am
Scaling Up? Avoid Common Mistakes in Building a Fit for Purpose Facility
Simon Whiteside, APAC Life Science Leader, DPR Construction

11:50am - 12:00pm
Fusing Culinary Arts and Cutting-edge Life Sciences to Define a New Generation of Sustainable Premium Meats
Nicholas Morin-Forest, CEO and Co-Founder, GOURMEY

12:00pm - 12:10pm
Plant Proteins as Building Blocks of Scaffolds and Microbeads for Meat Culture
Prof Huang Dejian, Co-Founder, KosmodeHealth 

12:10pm - 12:20pm
The Genesis of Vital Meat and Why Technology and Agriculture Must be Complementary
Etienne Duthoit, Co-Founder and CEO, Vital Meat 

12:20pm - 12:30pm 
Driving Change: HiMedia's Contribution to the Cultivated Meat Revolution
Dr Rahul Joshi, Global Business Head, HiMedia Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. 

1:00pm - 2:00pm
(60 Mins)


2:00pm - 3:00pm
(60 Mins)

Spain Pavilion 

2:00pm – 2:10pm
Upcycling Agri-food by-products to Obtain Functional Ingredients Using Foodtech: Ingredalia’s Value Added Ingredients from Vegetables
Miguel Angel Cubero Márquez, CEO, Ingredalia SL

2:10pm – 2:20pm
Smart and Active Packaging: Sustainable and Safe Supply Chain for the Future Food System
Luis Chimeno, Founder and COO, Oscillum

2:20pm - 2:30pm
Fungi-based Alternative Protein
Nicolás Gallo, CFO, Innomy

2:30pm - 2:40pm
From Continuous Smart Farming of Spirulina to Brazzein Production by Precision Fermentation
Matilde de las Rivas, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Levprot Bioscience

2:40pm - 2:50pm
MOA the Platform that Combines Biotechnology and AI, to Transform by-Products into Nutritious, Functional and Affordable Ingredients
Bosco Emparanza, CEO, MOA Foodtech

2:50pm – 3:00pm
Democratization of Bioreactors to Allow Intelligent Bioprocessing and Reduce the Iterations from Lab to Industrial Scale
Juan Garzón, CEO & Founder, CULTZYME

3:00pm - 4:00pm
(60 Mins)

UK Pavilion

Hear from the 14 UK founders ‘sharing on technology innovations in agrifood sector.


1. Innovate UK, Nathaniel Cooke 

2. Better Origin, Miha Pipan

3. Cellularevolution Ltd t/a CellRev, Marcelo Bravo

4. Extracellular Limited, Nico Hutton 

5. GyroPlant, Marcus Comaschi

6. Harvest Farms Limited, Chris Davies

7. HERlab,  Deimena Drasutyte

8. Lytegro Limited, Andrew Lee 

9. Piatrika Biosystems, Vasudev Kumanduri

10. Rare Earth Global, Suneet Shivaprasad

11. TraitSeq, Joshua Colmer

12. Vertically Urban Ltd, Andrew Littler 

13. Vitec Microgenix Limited, Scott Perkins


4:00pm - 4:15pm
(15 Mins)

Who will Eat the Plant Based Meat?

Barna Semsey, Founder and CEO, Future Proteins Ltd, Singapore

4:15pm - 4:30pm
(15 Mins)

Beyond Barcodes: The Future of Food Traceability

Chew Lam (CL) Goh , Co-Founder & CEO, Natural Trace, Singapore

4:30pm - 4:45pm
(15 Mins)

Sugar, Carb & GI Reduction: Real Demand, Real Need, Real Solutions

Alan Phua , CEO, Alchemy Foodtech Pte Ltd, Singapore

4:45pm - 5:10pm
(25 Mins)

Enhancing Agri-Food Tech Innovation through Intellectual Property Rights in Singapore

  • Highlight the importance of IP protection in the agri-food sector in Singapore.

  • Discuss the critical role of innovation in the agri-food tech sector.

  • Provide main overview about the main types of IPR: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets in Singapore.  

  • Share case study of agri-food tech companies benefiting from IPR protection in Singapore.

  • Takeaways for companies/clusters before entering the Singaporean market

Wai Yeng Chan, External Expert of the South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk



TimeInnovation & Safety
10:30am - 11:30am
(60 Mins)


GROWing Cross-Border Ventures - Building Bridges, Brands, and Best Practices
This session will showcase the 3rd cohort of GROW and Innovate UK's "Global Incubator Program: Gateway to Asia" - 8 promising UK agrifood tech startups and their unique solutions. Hear from founders on how they have or plan to leverage Singapore as a landing pad for Southeast Asia markets.

CEO Address - Welcome and GROW/Program Introduction
Joshua Soo, CEO, GROW

Session Introduction by
Arunav Pal, Program Associate, GROW

Digitalising Tomorrow's Farms

Pitch: InQube Innoventure
Tridibesh Bandyopadhyay, Director & CEO, InQube Innoventures

Pitch: Barefoot Lightning
Simon Holland, CEO, Barefoot Lighting

Pitch: Autodiscovery
Aron Kisdi: Managing Director, Autodiscovery

Pitch: Petiole
Andrii Seleznov, CTO, Petiole


Fireside Chat: Building Bridges and Brands with Caroline Craggs, Head of Operations APAC - Intelligent Growth Solutions 
Caroline Craggs, Head of Operations (APAC), Intelligent Growth Solutions 
Marilyn Kang, Research Analyst and Programme Coordinator, GROW


Seed to Table: Climate-Resilient Food Systems

Pitch: NetZeroNitrogen
Justin Hughes, CEO, NetZeroNitrogen

Pitch: FoodSquared
Frankie Fox, Co-Founder & CEO, FoodSquared

Pitch: Noola Redclaw
Elena Piana, Founder & CEO, Noola Redclaw


Pitch: Eat Curious
Preyesh Patel, Co-Founder, Eat Curious
Resh Diu, Co-Founder, Eat Curious


Session Wrap Up and Announcements
Rebecca Sharpe, Head of Accelerators and Innovation, GROW


11:30am - 1:00pm
(90 Mins)


12:00pm - 5:30pm
(330 Mins)

RP-Trendlines Agri-Food Demo Day

Hear from the finalist teams of RP-Trendlines Agri-food Incubation Programme as they pitch their ideas to the judging panel during the Demo Day.



1:00pm- 1:10pm
Welcome address by RP
RP - Mr. Boo Chong-Han, (Deputy Principal, Republic Polytechnic)


1:10pm- 1:15pm
MOU SoiLabs & RP Signing

RP - Dr Lim Boon Whatt (Director of School of Applied Science, RP)
SoiLabs - Dr Mauro Catellani (CEO, SoiLabs)


1:15pm – 1:20pm
MOU SAFEF & RP Signing

RP - Dr Lim Boon Whatt (Director of School of Applied Science, RP)
SAFEF - Mr Ken Cheong (CEO, SAFEF)

RP - Mr Boo Chong-Han (Deputy Principal, RP)
SAFEF - Mr George Huang (Chairman, SAFEF)


1:20pm – 1:25pm

MOU SAFEF & TP Signing

TP - Dr Lee Chee Wee, (Centre Director, Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC)), Temsaek Polytechnic
SAFEF - Mr Ken Cheong (CEO, SAFEF)

TP - Aw Tuan Kee (Deputy Principal, Temasek Polytechnic)
SAFEF - Mr Ken Cheong (CEO, SAFEF)


1:25pm – 2:20pm

Agri-Tech Forum Discussion

Ms. Khoo Gek Hoon, Director of AGRI


Mr. Manuel Madani, Head of Priva Asia
Mr. Craig D’Souza, Plant Specialist, Phillips Horticulture
Mr. Bert Desmet, Managing Director, Klasmann-deilmann
Mr. Kurt Cornelissen, Business Development Manager, Hortiplan
Mr. Friso Klok, Area Sales & Client Manager, Rijkzwaan

The discussion theme will be on acheiving productivity and sustainability for AgriTech companies.


RP-Trendlines Agri-Food Incubation Programme (Demo Day) - Pitch Session


2:30pm- 3:30pm
Start-up Pitching

3:30pm - 3:40pm

3:40pm – 4:40pm
Start-up Pitching

4:40pm – 5pm
Break & Judge

Final Pitching Session:

  • Clima Tech Asia Pte Ltd
  • Fogo Fungi Pte Ltd
  • Frass Pte Ltd
  • Mykilio Pte Ltd
  • Pullulo Pte Ltd
  • Xavoury Foods Pte Ltd
  • Midory Farm Enterprise (UITM)


  • Ms Khoo Gek Hoon, Director, Agriculture Research Innovation (AGRI) Centre, Republic Polytechnic
  • Ms Tan Shu Yee, Deputy Director, Enterprise Singapore (Agri)
  • Mr Anton Wibowo, Chief Executive Officer, Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre
  • Mr Jeffery Seah, Founder, MSW Ventures
  • Mr Felix Goh, Strategic Lead, Google


5:00pm – 5:10pm
Closing Address

Mr Ashley Chua, Senior Director for Student Services, Republic Polytechnic

Prize Presentation
Mr Ashley Chua, Senior Director for Student Services, Republic Polytechnic
Ms Khoo Gek Hoon, Director, Agriculture Research Innovation (AGRI) Centre, Republic Polytechnic
Ms Tan Shu Yee, Deputy Director, Enterprise Singapore (Agri
Mr Anton Wibowo, Chief Executive Officer, Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre
Mr Jeffery Seah, Founder, MSW VenturesMr Felix Goh, Strategic Lead, Google


5:10pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm/7:00pm
Networking Session



10:00am - 11:00am
(60 Mins)

Spotlight on Canadian Start-ups @ AFTEA

10:00am – 10:12am
MOU Signing between EmersonGrow and Paradise Eco-Smart Farm
Nixon Chen, Founder and CEO, Emerson Grow
Sunny Chin, Founder, CEO and Director, Paradise Eco-Smart Farm

10:12am - 10:24am
How Smart is your Quality and Food Safety Program Management?
Prasant Prusty, CEO & Founder, SmartFoodSafe

10:24am - 10:36am

Whole-Cuts: Solving the Holy Grail of Plant-based Alternatives
Chris Bryson, CEO, NewSchoolFoods

10:36am - 11:00am
Alighning Plant-based Protein Supply with Demand
Delicious innovation for Flexitarians
Dr. Julian Voss, Plantrients & No Meat Factory

11:00am - 11:30am
(30 Mins)

Agriculture & Biotechnology, Mature & Immature Market: What Impact on the Profiles Sought?

  • Data Information & HR activities

  • Trend of Agriculture Employment

  • Evolution of the Agri & Biotech Market

  • HR Impact & Generation

Hugues Dumas, CEO, SYNOVIVO Consulting, France

11:30am - 12:30pm
(60 Mins)

Agritech Reverse Pitch hosted by Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab (SAIL)

A national platform operated by NTU Singapore in partnership with Enterprise Singapore (ESG) which seeds partnerships between SAIL’s corporate partners, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, research institutes and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) to drive agri-food innovations.

(60 Mins)

Session Reserved for Innovate 360/ Impact Circle

1:30pm - 2:30pm 
(60 Mins)



Founder's Inspiring Stories

2:30pm - 2:50pm
(30 Mins)
The Origin of UMAMI: Building the Infrastructure for Cultivated Seafood
Mihir Pershad, Founder & CEO, Umami Bioworks


2:50pm - 3:10pm
(20 Mins)
Pioneering Cultivated Crustaceans
Dr. Sandhya Sriram, Group CEO and Co-Founder, Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd., Singapore 
3:10pm - 3:30pm
(20 Mins)
From Seaside Visions to Sustainable Success: Shrimp Farming in Singapore
Dr Farshad Shishehchian, President & CEO, Blue Aqua International Group