Thirty-two new startups join Brinc’s Accelerator Program in Hong Kong

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Brinc announces its largest cohort to date

Brinc is proud to welcome 32 new game-changing startups to the Fall ’21 Food Technology and Launchpad Luna (Blockchain & NFTs) Accelerator programs.

This is Brinc’s largest cohort to date with the ignition of the Launchpad Luna Blockchain & NFT Accelerator Program, in partnership with Animoca Brands, a prolific investor in NFT-centric and Web 3.0 companies.

The latest teams to join the Brinc family are representative of our core investment objectives to accelerate humanity’s transition to a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable future.

Here’s a quick rundown of the startups joining the Brinc family:

 

Food Technology

Ambrosia Bio (Israel) — A biotech venture that develops novel enzyme solutions that convert common sugars to various low- to no-calorie rare sugars (e.g. allulose, allose and, tagatose), and dietary fibers in a cost-effective manner.

Cellivate Technologies (Singapore) — A deep-tech startup with proprietary platform technologies and products that enable cellular meat companies to accelerate the growth of cells and meat at different stages of the value chain. As their platform is also translatable to other cell culture applications, they have early customers in the biotech and the stem cell fields.

Magic Valley (Australia) — A food company developing cultured meat products in order to meet the future protein demands of the expanding global population. They will be focusing on cultured lamb products.

Mzansi Meat Co. (South Africa) — ​​Africa’s first cultivated meat company. The company aims to develop and scale a cultivated beef product while growing public awareness to meet the rising demand for meat in growing African cities.

ØZERS (France) — Developing plant-based nutrition products, to replace unhealthy and non-specific animal proteins, like whey or casein, in athletes’ diets. Through the use of plant based proteins and microalgae, ØZERS unlocks athletes’ maximal performances without compromising on health, taste and sustainability.

Root Kitchen (UK) — They make and deliver delicious, 100% plant-based ready meals, aiming to fill Britain’s freezers with a convenient, quality and nutritious vegan alternative to the conventional meal during a busy week.

 


 

Blockchain & NFT (Launchpad Luna Program)

Artizen (Distributed) — Artizen DAO is a community fund for art, science, and public goods. They make it easy for communities to crowdfund new grants, curate the awards, and earn NFTs from the winning projects.

Bilby AI (Hong Kong) — RegTech Saas for investors and businesses in Asia: automatically decodes and translates policies and regulations and assesses their subsequent impact on markets and companies. Currently only available for China and now expanding to other parts of Asia.

Coinmiles (Canada) — The most advanced crypto rewards platform in the world. They give Bitcoin rewards to users when they shop online (at over 1,000 partners), in-store (through a unique partnership with Visa & MasterCard) and when they travel at over 900,000 hotels worldwide.

Crayon Finance (South Korea) — is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) based Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Finance Platform that provides financial instruments for NFT holders and collectors to access more money market options such as:

  • SubDAO based collective purchase, trade, sales of NFTs,
  • NFT collateralized loan and
  • Fungible Token (FT) collateralized NFT lease/rental

 

to create various Decentralized Finance (DeFi) strategies.

 

Digital Oracles (UK) — A revolutionary Grow2Earn platform that gamifies and monetises the growth of the early-stage investment ecosystem. They aim to transform the growth progress of selected start-ups into tradable assets, generating a cash injection as they demonstrate growth through the platform. Early supporters will gain a share of their ongoing success as the start-ups build a promising business for themselves and their investors.

 

 

Liberatrade (Hong Kong) — The first company to understand what products, a billion emerging market, consumers are buying, with tokenized micro-incentives and retail AI. LiberaTrade is enabling a more profitable and less wasteful ecosystem for retail brands, by increasing sales, reducing unwanted inventory, and improving access to capital for the world’s highest volume consumer goods supply chains.

Niftpad (UK) — Enables brands to create and sell unique digital assets without a single line of code. Through their white-label shop platform, brands can easily build fully customizable stores to issue and sell unique digital assets. This allows them not only to diversify revenue streams but also to explore completely new ways of customer engagement.

Verifoxx (UK) — A B2B privacy preserving identity verification startup using proprietary Zero Knowledge technology that allows businesses to verify their users but in a way that ensures no personal data ever gets shared or exposed. It helps to make business transactions faster, unanimous, immutable and more accountable.

Ajuna Network (Switzerland) — A Swiss-based decentralized gaming platform. Built on Substrate, it leverages the full potential of the Polkadot ecosystem by integrating it with the world’s leading development engines, Unreal and Unity. Ajuna’s ultimate goal is to create real value for both gamers and developers by providing a fully interoperable decentralized ecosystem for games and virtual goods.

MV4F (Singapore) — A B2B company with a ledger of 3D assets that targets game developers, aiming to help developers shorten development timeline, expediting game deployment and transacting 3D assets using tokens. Interconnected and interactive 3D metaverse built organically from the ground up.

 

 

DanceFight (USA) — The first mobile head-to-head video competition and tournament app, starting with dance but rapidly expanding to all kinds of content (incl. action sports). The community and celeb judges vote and crown the winners. The team plans to roll out NFTs for creators and voters alike.

GameVault (UK) — A decentralized PC game distribution ecosystem. This includes a game NFT marketplace, user libraries, NFT-based DRM, developer accounts and game launcher.

ULTD (USA) — An AR-based mobile game experience that brings an immersive narrative universe that gives people multiple reasons to play and engage long-term.

Urban Electronics (USA) — An international mobile game studio that has pivoted to integrating blockchain technology into Augmented Reality Games. They currently hold an international (Japanese) IP for penetration into an additional market of high KPIs.

Zodium (Singapore) — ‘’Play to Earn’’ team based on animated 3D character NFTs, created by the former co-founder of LINE FRIENDs and its members. The ancient legends of the 12 zodiac animals and the 12 star signs are the fundamental concept of Zodium.

Lumiere Project (Hong Kong) — Finance solutions for entertainment. Lumiere solutions operate as technological bricks that considerably lower investment risks for recorded media investors. Investors can now test the impact of their IP before production, they can easily track how their money is spent, and they can attract new capital through rights tokenization. Lumiere aims to simplify and gamify his end-user experience in a metaverse-led environment.

Skydome Sports (Canada) — The first multi-sport cloud stadium where fans play. Fans can now bring their game to chat and flex their fandom, by converting their participation, chatter, predictions, knowledge and skills into token rewards. Skydome™️ is the social sports platform and blockchain loyalty program designed to reward fans for being fans. Tokens can be redeemed for prizes, swag, money can’t buy experiences™️ and original NFT collections. Teams and sponsors benefit from Skydome™️ moment marketing to reach the 99% of fans outside the stadium when it matters most.

 

 

Another-1 (Hong Kong) — A one-stop shop to design, produce, crowdfund, and trade digital units of hype fashion backed by physical goods. Repurposing fashion products for metaverse interoperability; Another-1 offers access to a new asset class for a wide audience spanning fashion consumers, gamers and investors.

 

Edge of NFT (USA) — A media, events, and tech venture, “Edge Of” launched in 2021 with the Edge of NFT Podcast and has since created the NFT LA conference. NFT LA, hosted March 28–30, 2022 will be the largest Web3 gathering in Southern California, and at over 100 episodes the podcast continues to feature “the top 1% in NFTs today and what will stand the test of time.” Believers in economic structures that value the attention of every participant, the company leverages its three founders’ experiences in various domains including blockchain, fashion, real estate, music, neuroscience, foodtech and high-growth startups to catalyze co-creation in the web3 and NFT space.

 

 

Scrye (USA) — Connecting the metaverse to the universe, bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3 for brands. They are building the community and tools for a B2B self-service platform that uses Computer Vision and AR to connect digital experiences and NFTs to items, influencers and artists.

IMMUSE (formerly HEAVY.io) (USA) — Operates at the intersection of Music, NFTs and the AR Real World Metaverse. Currently in development on a cutting edge AR music experience with Niantic and Warner Music, IMMUSE is creating a new paradigm for audio visual music and fan engagement. For over a decade, the company has created award winning digital and physical art, murals, sculptures, narrative experiences, bespoke Apps, and more recently, NFTs, with clients and commissions from Google, Qualcomm, Deloitte, Tesla, JW Marriott, SXSW, and many more. IMMUSE is now developing a global platform for NFT-based audio-visual AR music experiences where fans can actively create, earn and build community in both physical and digital worlds.

 

 

Namo (Malaysia) — An interoperable dApp that determines fair value of NFT media based on consumption patterns in its consume-to-earn subscription model for art and music communities to equalise access and outcomes for everyone.

 

HarmoniXX (Singapore) — Revolutionizing music for Web3, bringing music to the forefront of NFTs and Music Collectibles. Leveraging Proprietary AI Music Engine and Generative Art, they recreate music to establish a New type of Musical NFTs that fans and collectors can truly appreciate. They enable Musicians to maximize the monetization of their existing music and to better engage with fans.

Soundbrenner (Hong Kong) — Makes music practice addictive with the world’s best software and hardware tools for musicians. In 2021, over 1 million musicians played more than 800 years of music using our products.

 

 

Sugar Glider Digital (Australia) — An Australian born/owned/based International NFT art consulting platform and marketplace which curates and commissions bespoke NFTs for companies, art collectors or brands specialising in NFTs for the public realm.

 

The 14th Factory (Hong Kong) — A creation-to-exhibit large scale immersive art company that creates exhibits suitable for temporary, touring or permanent installation in both the physical and virtual world. Meaningful spectaculars that are artistically credible as they are accessible to a mass market — created through collaboration with an international array of artists, architects, filmmakers, and composers, with an eye on new technology.

 


 

If you are interested in connecting with our startups or becoming a program partner, please email Guillermo Ginesta (guillermo.ginesta@brinc.io).

Applications are now open for the Brinc Accelerator Programs. Startups can apply here: brinc.io/apply by February 27, 2022.

To learn more about Brinc’s latest updates, sign up for our newsletter on brinc.io.

 


 

Revision, 7 October: In 2022, the Brinc x Animoca Brands Launchpad Luna program was rebranded ZK Advancer to echo the continued evolution of, and its role within, the Web3 space. The program still seeks innovative ways to utilize Web3 to approach everyday challenges and enhance artistic and regulatory startups with training and connections, thereby building a more inclusive, open, and sustainable future.

 


 

About Brinc

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Brinc is a leader in global venture acceleration, operating 18 multidisciplinary accelerator programs in 7 countries. Brinc accelerates startups focused on Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, connected hardware, drones, robotics, clean energy and food technology all within a sustainability mandate.

Brinc has a portfolio of 200+ companies with founders from over 35 countries. Brinc also supports corporations with investment services, distributed innovation strategies, sourcing of new startups and technologies, as well as venture building Web 3.0 enabled businesses. Global corporations (Manulife, Huawei, Schneider Electric, Puma, Batelco, Merck, Omantel, Linrun Group, Zhihui Park), Government Organizations (Hong Kong Science Park, NEOM, MBRIF, Guangdong Soft-tech Park), Universities (HK City University, National University of Singapore) and leading venture funds (Artesian, LeverVC, Tamkeen, EDB) have all run programs with Brinc over the years. In 2021 Brinc launched BrincArtesian, a Singapore fund manager, to provide LPs access to emerging market Series A+ co-investment opportunities. Learn more at www.brinc.io and Brinc’s commitment to developing sustainable systems.

 

About Launchpad Luna

Animoca Brands and global venture accelerator, Brinc launched Launchpad Luna in mid-2021 to identify, mentor, and invest in promising blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFT) startups that are shaping the future of the Web and driving digitalisation. The Launchpad Luna accelerator collaborates with world leading platforms, brands and mentors to identify and foster Web3 & NFT innovation in the fields of culture, art, entertainment, media, gaming, streaming, collectibles, insurance, finance, and data management; DeFi with additional verticals will be added in the future. Learn more at launchpadluna.com.

Revision, 7 October: In 2022, the Brinc x Animoca Brands Launchpad Luna program was rebranded ZK Advancer to echo the continued evolution of, and its role within, the Web3 space. The program still seeks innovative ways to utilize Web3 to approach everyday challenges and enhance artistic and regulatory startups with training and connections, thereby building a more inclusive, open, and sustainable future.

 

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification. It develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Formula 1®, Disney, WWE, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Doraemon. The company has multiple subsidiaries, including The SandboxBlowfish StudiosQuiddGAMEEnWayPixowlBondly, and Lympo. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of more than 100 investments in NFT-related companies and decentralized projects that are contributing to building the open metaverse, including Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Bitski, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas, and others. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on Twitter or Facebook.

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Guillermo Ginesta

Guillermo Ginesta

Guillermo is the Managing Director at Brinc Hong Kong. He heads up Brinc’s accelerator programs for Greater China and Hong Kong, and is responsible for the company’s corporate engagements, partnerships, and operations. Guillermo has over a decade of experience investing in startups and corporate innovation: as an angel investor, he has had two exits, and as a venture capitalist, he has invested in a growing portfolio of over 200 companies. Guillermo has also worked with some of the largest multinational companies in automotive, luxury, consumer electronics, food technology and financial services.

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