Startup Digest: Plug and Play, ID Capital announce agtech programmes

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Silicon Valley-based incubator and accelerator Plug and Play plans to launch its first Southeast Asia’s food and AgTech accelerator programme in Thailand while Singapore-headquartered ID Capital announced the 11 AgriFoodTech startup finalists who will compete for the Future Food Asia Award 2020.

Plug and Play to launch food & agtech programme in Thailand

Plug and Play Asia Pacific on Thursday announced that it will launch Southeast Asia’s food and AgTech accelerator programme in Bangkok on July 29.

The programme is dedicated to scaling startups who can help address the current challenges across the food production value chain from farm to table, the company said in a statement. 

“We are very excited to bring about a new innovation track in Food & AgTech after the success of our Smart Cities Programme. We plan to source and engage the most innovative startups to digitally transform corporations and provide new opportunities for investments in the ASEAN region,” said Plug and Play head of corporate innovation, executive vice president Shawn Dehpanah.

The programme will connect leading corporations, governments, and investors with the Plug and Play ecosystem which boasts over 20,000 startups, with technologies ranging from digital & sustainable farming, feed & animal health, food processing, microbiome, personalized nutrition, supply chain logistics, waste reduction, consumer analytics & retail, the company said.

Singapore’s ID Capital announces 11 finalists for Future Food Asia Award 2020

Singapore’s ID Capital on Thursday announced 11 AgriFoodTech startup finalists who will compete for the $100,000 Future Food Asia Award 2020.

The 11 finalist startups include AgNext (India), Agrisea (United States), Aqua Development (South Korea), Crowde (Indonesia), Flurosat (Australia), Fyto Foods (Singapore), Marine Innovation (South Korea), ProAgni (Australia), Soos (Israel), Tartansense (India) and TerraQuanta (China), ID Capital said in a statement.

“The current state of our world has cast light on the prominent role of agriculture and food innovation, and stakes in the Asia-Pacific are higher than ever. With this first Collective Edition of Future Food Asia, we are glad to broaden the reach of regional Agripreneurs and influence an even wider community of stakeholders,” said ID Capital CEO and founder Isabelle Decitre.

ID Capital is an investment company headquartered in Singapore specialised in the domain of AgriTech and FoodTech in the Asia-Pacific region.

Singapore Reporter/s

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.