GBIP Singapore 2022 – AgriFood – Applicant Briefing

GBIP Singapore 2022 – AgriFood – Applicant Briefing
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Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme, delivered in partnership with Innovate UK EDGE.

About this event

Join us at our applicant briefing event where you can find out more about our Global Business Innovation Programme offering small and medium sized UK businesses the opportunity to make connections for advancing innovation with partners in Singapore and the wider region.

More on the programme

Delivered by Innovate UK EDGE, the programme consists of a preparation phase followed by a 5-day innovation visit focussed on Singapore, a post-visit exploitation workshop and support of approximately 12 months from an Innovate UK EDGE Innovation and Growth Specialist, helping your business maximise opportunities identified, including developing innovation projects with partners in the territory.

Focus Areas

We welcome applications from innovative AgriFood companies that focus on, but not limited to:

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA):

• Vertical Farms

• Lighting and Climate Technology

• Aeroponics, Hydroponics, Aquaponics

Alternative Proteins Production:

• Cell Based Culture

• Algae

• Insect Based


• Sustainable Fish and Crustacean Production

• Disease prevention

Food Waste:

• In Production, Supply Chain & End User

• Measurement, Management, Traceability & Reduction

• Circular Economy Opportunities

What to Expect

Getting ready for the market: Pre-activity briefing workshop to build knowledge and understanding of the market and potential opportunities, including how to do business, cultural aspects, how to protect your IP and training on how to improve your pitch and articulate your value proposition. (2 half-day workshop)

Visiting the market: Explore the innovation opportunities first-hand through meeting with key companies and research organisations and potential collaborators and partners through pre-arranged meetings and organised matchmaking. (5 days of market related activity)

Exploiting the opportunity: An exploitation workshop and one-to-one support from a Innovate UK EDGE Innovation and Growth Specialist to follow up and take advantage of the opportunities identified. (1 day workshop and working with an Innovate UK EDGE Innovation and Growth Specialist).

Why Singapore?

Asia is expected to be home to 5 billion people by 2050, accounting for 60% of global food consumption. To meet this demand, governments are actively pursuing strategies to ensure greater food security. The ASEAN region is emerging as a major hub for AgriFood and aquaculture innovation and there are significant opportunities for innovative businesses to be successful in the areas of advanced AgriFood and food solutions. Singapore currently imports more than 90% of its food. To effectively buffer from supply disruptions, Singapore Food Agency announced the ‘30 by 30’ plan, aiming to produce 30% of its nutritional needs by 2030. It partners with accelerators and investors to develop an attractive AgriFood ecosystem made up of diverse players across the value chain from farm inputs and systems providers, to high-tech commercial farms. Furthermore, through funding and technology transfers, Singapore government actively supports local farmers in transforming and adopting technology to intensify output and attracting foreign entrepreneurs to its shores. As a result, Singapore represents an ideal gateway to Asia for innovative UK businesses.

Key Dates

Applications Close – 09 Jan 2022

Pre-Visit Workshop – 02 Feb & w/c 28 Feb 2022

Innovation Visit – 26 March – 02 April 2022

What is the cost?

Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE will fund and organise flights, accommodation, in-market travel, and conference fees for successful applicants. Innovate UK will also pay for any reasonable adjustments throughout the initiative. Only one representative from each company will be funded. On acceptance to the initiative a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each delegate, which will be refunded on completion of the full activities and agreed action plan. Non-completion after formal acceptance may result in forfeiting some or all the commitment fee.

To apply for this programme, you must:

Be a UK based innovation-led company with ambitions to grow and internationalise.

Be a company with fewer than 500 employees.

Be able to attend and complete all activities.

How to apply?

The Global Business Innovation Programme has a competitive application process where only the best applications will be successful following an evaluation process. All applications must be made here and received no later than 9th January 2022.

Innovate UK is committed to improving the diversity of who we support. As such, we welcome applications from under-represented groups.


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