AGRIFOOD PROGRAM

HK-agrifood

Overview

Asia’s first and leading agrifood accelerator – Since 2018, our food technology programs have successfully nurtured more than 8 cohorts of 50 startups, supporting 100 founders focused on key technologies reshaping the food production and consumption landscape.

This 12-week virtual program is strategically designed to guide founders towards achieving two primary objectives:

  1. Investor readiness and scale-up support for your next fundraising round
  2. Access to Asian commercial and regulatory landscapes
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Our team will support you all the way through to launch

UP TO

200K USD

INVESTMENT

Ready to apply?

Limited spaces available – The next round of reviews closes soon.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for early-stage (pre-seed/seed) startups with defensible technology or differentiated solutions.

Focus Areas

Agriculture

  • Agricultural biotechnologies
  • Soil health & management
  • Molecular farming
  • Agricultural fintech, data & analytics

Novel Foods

  • Novel biomanufacturing
  • Enabling tech in alternative protein
  • Ingredient discovery & processing
  • Personalised nutrition

Circular Economy

  • Alternative packaging and materials
  • Upcycling & sidestream valorisation
  • Agrifood waste management

Eligibility

  • Must have developed a minimum viable product (MVP) that fits within our interest areas
  • At least two co-founders with relevant industry experience
  • Must have a scalable and defined business model with high growth potential

Evaluation Criteria

  • Founding team with relevant experience
  • Defensible product & core technology
  • High impact & market potential with sound commercialisation strategy

How startups benefit

Investor Exposure

Specialized workshops aimed at refining your pitch, financials, and business strategy. Gain direct access to a diverse range of investors and opportunities to pitch throughout your journey.

Global Networking

Connect with an extensive global community of industry experts, mentors, partners, and fellow entrepreneurs, broadening your horizons and enhancing your opportunities.

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Proven Success

Leverage our established track record of 8 cohorts, since 2018. Benefit from the insights and experiences of those who have grown through our program.

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De-Risk Commercialization

Connect with our test facility partners to accelerate your ability to generate field data and third-party validation.

Tailored Mentorship

Receive personalized mentorship and resources tailored to address your startup’s specific challenges, fast-tracking your journey to success.

Investor Exposure

Specialized workshops aimed at refining your pitch, financials, and business strategy. Gain direct access to a diverse range of investors and opportunities to pitch throughout your journey.

proven_success_icon

De-Risk Commercialization

Connect with our test facility partners to accelerate your ability to generate field data and third-party validation.

Global Networking

Connect with an extensive global community of industry experts, mentors, partners, and fellow entrepreneurs, broadening your horizons and enhancing your opportunities.

Tailored Mentorship

Receive personalized mentorship and resources tailored to address your startup’s specific challenges, fast-tracking your journey to success.

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Proven Success

Leverage our established track record of 8 cohorts, since 2018. Benefit from the insights and experiences of those who have grown through our program.

Curriculum highlights

  • Investor match-making and pitch practice
  • Cash flow and financial modeling
  • Data room and reporting
  • Term sheet & contract negotiations
  • Exploring the Asian market landscape
  • Business development and go-to-market strategy
  • IP strategy and roadmap
  • ESG and impact measurement
  • Recruitment and people management
  • Founder wellness and leadership coaching

What happens next?

October 2022
Application Open 
Applicants to build profile and apply online
October 2022
October 2022
Team Selection
Shortlisted teams will be contacted by our team for a due diligence and interview with investors
October 2022
October 2022
Program Starts
Receive an investment offer to join the cohort
October 2022
October 2022
Demo Day 
Pitch day to extensive network including corporate partners and investors
October 2022

What to expect

1. Initial Application

After submitting the first part of the application, founders should receive a response from Brinc’s team within one week about whether they are still under consideration and details on information for the next phase of the application process.

2. Selection

Top applications will be interviewed by Brinc’s team. If startups submit all required application materials quickly, it is possible to move from initial application to “shortlist” within two to three weeks.

3. Opportunities for Investment

Startups will be presented to a curated group of investors and will be eligible for investment up to US$200K. Additional calls will take place with relevant applicants to determine final terms on a case-by-case basis. Valuation ranges are typically US$2-10M. A small subset of top applicants will be allowed to enter the program even if they are not selected by syndicate partners.

4. Fundraising Support

All participating startups will receive long-term support from Brinc’s portfolio team. While funding cannot be guaranteed, Brinc will work with companies to connect with investors and close capital during or shortly after the program end date.

5. Cost

Brinc charges a program fee of US$35,000, typically payable only upon the full disbursement of the investment by the program’s investment partner. All startups participating in programs enter into an advisory share agreement with Brinc, aligned to long-term support by Brinc’s portfolio team. 

select mentors & speakers

Meet Brinc's mentor - Adrian Odgars

Adrian Odgers

Chief Commercial Officer, The Live Green Co
Meet Brinc's mentor - Brandon Chong

Brandon Chong

Co-Founder, Partner, Bloom8
Chris Aurand

Chris Aurand

Open Innovation Leader, Thai Union Group
David Ettinger

David Ettinger

Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Meet Brinc's mentor - Jenny Li

Jenny Xin Li

Senior Regulatory Counselor, Keller and Heckman LLP
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Josh Tetrick

Founder & CEO, Eat Just
Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Communications Experts, Reputation Works
Sara Borg

Sarah Borg

Program Manager Alternative Proteins, Hochland Group
Ugo Bataillard

Ugo Bataillard

Founder & CEO, GourmetPro
Meet Brinc's mentor - Valerie Pang

Valerie Pang

Innovation Associate, Good Food Institute APAC
Meet Brinc's mentor - Viola Chen

Viola Chen

Innovation Specialist, Good Food Institute Consultancy
Wilfred Feng

Wilfred Feng

Senior Counsel, Dentons
Meet Brinc's mentor - Dr William Chen

William Chen

Chair Professor & Director in Food Science & Technology, Nanyang Technological University

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Hear from our Alumni

Brinc has been a launchpad for exceptional success stories. Our diverse array of graduates have harnessed the benefits of our accelerator to refine their ideas, access critical resources, and secure funding. Their achievements stand as a testament to the power of our network and the transformative impact of our tailored approach

Being a Brinc mentor was rewarding – not only because of the work with founders, but because of the community of other mentors I was part of.

Varsha Ramesh

CEO, Offstream

Being a Brinc mentor was rewarding – not only because of the work with founders, but because of the community of other mentors I was part of.

Varsha Ramesh

CEO, Offstream

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

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