Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2023: A Brinc Recap

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At a three-day conference in Singapore that took place as part of Singapore International Agri-Food Week, a key member of Brinc’s Agrifood Program, Ann Li, met with Brinc mentors, portfolio companies, and attended various speaker events and networking sessions. Here, she shares her experiences from the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2023.

I recently had the privilege of attending the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit 2023 in Singapore, a leading conference in the agrifood industry that brought together over 1,000 international stakeholders, including visionary innovators, entrepreneurs, established corporations, and investors. Co-hosted by the University of Arkansas, and Catalyst/Research and Technology Transfer at Arkansas State University, the summit’s primary focus was on fostering agrifood capacity and resilience in Asia, a critical endeavor in today’s world.

 

Event Highlights

Senior ministers and influential stakeholders were in attendance, delivering keynote addresses to inspire entrepreneurial scientists and inventors to strive for meaningful societal impact. Over the course of two days, more than 200 participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions and shared their insights. 

Key Themes

The summit served as a showcase of cutting-edge technologies and best practices in the agrifood industry, with a particular emphasis on enhancing food sustainability and security in Asia. It provided a dynamic platform for participants to forge connections, foster collaboration, and establish long-term partnerships, all aimed at empowering the international agrifood tech industry.

 

Notable Participants

Having attracted a diverse array of participants comprising innovative startups, service-oriented corporates and esteemed Brinc mentors like Dennis Foo, our very own portfolio companies, MUU, Umami Bioworks, and Avant were present. They demonstrated healthy growth and presented their groundbreaking advancements at the summit including MUU’s showcased casein samples produced through precision fermentation, a notable achievement in the field. 

Investor Engagement

The event made sure to facilitate plenty of investor networking, offering a dedicated room where investors could schedule one-on-one meetings with startups and industry professionals. The summit provided an invaluable platform for industry players to collaborate, exchange ideas, and engage in discussions on the future of the agrifood industry in Asia. The insights and connections made will undoubtedly contribute to the global effort of strengthening food resilience, and I am thrilled about the opportunities that have emerged from this summit. 




Apply to Brinc’s Agrifood Accelerator Program

If you are a startup founder or owner with innovative solutions in the agrifood sector, I encourage you to apply to Brinc’s Agrifood Accelerator Program. Our program provides comprehensive support to seed-stage companies, offering access to expert mentors, a global entrepreneur network, and brand exposure opportunities. By joining our program, you gain the resources and connections needed to scale and expand your agrifood startup globally. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionize the agrifood industry. 

Ann Li

Ann Li is an experienced food scientist and investor with a background in research and development, startups, and project management. She holds a Master of Food Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science from the University of Hong Kong. Her work experience includes roles as an R&D Scientist at Nestlé Health Science and Research and Development Manager at Fu He Food Company. Currently, she is working within our Agrifood team at Brinc, where she focuses on early-stage ventures, deal sourcing, due diligence, and environmental impact assessment. She also holds certifications in ESG Investing and FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food.

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Ann Li

Ann Li is an experienced food scientist and investor with a background in research and development, startups, and project management. She holds a Master of Food Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science from the University of Hong Kong. Her work experience includes roles as an R&D Scientist at Nestlé Health Science and Research and Development Manager at Fu He Food Company. Currently, she is working within our Agrifood team at Brinc, where she focuses on early-stage ventures, deal sourcing, due diligence, and environmental impact assessment. She also holds certifications in ESG Investing and FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food.

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  • Ann Li

    Ann Li is an experienced food scientist and investor with a background in research and development, startups, and project management. She holds a Master of Food Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science from the University of Hong Kong. Her work experience includes roles as an R&D Scientist at Nestlé Health Science and Research and Development Manager at Fu He Food Company. Currently, she is working within our Agrifood team at Brinc, where she focuses on early-stage ventures, deal sourcing, due diligence, and environmental impact assessment. She also holds certifications in ESG Investing and FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food.

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