A world-class accelerator programme driving transformative change in our global agrifood system
Our current food system is at the heart of many of today's biggest challenges: the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, deforestation, global hunger, and many others. It's clear that we urgently need to accelerate wide-ranging changes in how we produce, process, package, transport, consume, and dispose of our food.
At GROW, Southeast Asia’s leading agrifoodtech accelerator backed by AgFunder, we are driving this transformation by supercharging the growth of emerging foodtech and agtech startups tackling the world’s biggest challenges of sustainability.
As part of the GROW Impact Accelerator you will join a prestigious network of experts and investors to take your business to the next level of growth. Participation is designed to open new markets for international startups looking to expand into Asia, and for regional startups to launch on the global stage.
Companies receive USD$200K worth of cash and in-kind investment, including a bespoke accelerator programme that refines your business model for aggressive growth and plugs you into the AgFunder agrifoodtech ecosystem for expansion internationally.
**We are now accepting applications for our 2022 cohort!**
Apply by 31 January:
OUR FLAGSHIP PROGRAMME
A unique 20 week programme that helps your company achieve rapid growth in an accelerated period of time.
The programme is structured around thematic 'streams' for founders to create a personalised journey with a cohort mentality.
We interrogate your value proposition and business model to ensure it is validated, customer-centric and scalable.
We connect you with customers, suppliers, regulators, service providers, mentors, investors, and provide you with media exposure to help you GROW your business.
How can we transform the modern agrifood system into one that is sustainable for future generations?
WHAT TO EXPECT
An intensive five-month accelerator delivered virtually (until international travel resumes) to help you:
Sharpen your growth strategy through bespoke coaching, mentor support and customer validation
Scale aggressively into new markets with customer acquisition, pilot project launches and resource matching
Successfully raise funding to fuel your growth and deliver impact where most needed in the world
You will receive a personalised journey, giving you the mental and technical support to succeed as a founder and thrive within this COVID “new normal”, including:
A series of one-on-one virtual coaching with GROW’s innovation and entrepreneurship experts over the five months
Periodic check-ins with the AgFunder-GROW Impact Fund investment team including the integration of a framework for impact measurement and stakeholder communication
One-on-one mentor sessions with GROW's global network of cross-industry partners, including international food & agriculture MNCs, brand design, marketing, sales, sustainability, finance and more
Group learning and insight sessions to deepen your understanding in agrifoodtech, entrepreneurship, fundraising, sustainability and impact
Connections with other agrifoodtech entrepreneurs
The GROW Impact Accelerator is a unique opportunity for startups operating in new frontiers of foodtech and agtech to supercharge their growth.
WHAT YOU'LL GET
USD$100K investment by the AgFunder GROW Impact Fund through a SAFE, to be converted at your next financing round
An additional USD$100K worth of services & support, including AWS & Twilio credits, and packages with Klaviyo, Stripe, Zoom, and more...
Access to growth partners for product testing, development and scaling.
(e.g. test lab facilities, kitchens, on-field testing, research, tech and infrastructure, suppliers, manufacture and co-packing, marketing and customer insights)
Matching with some of the world’s biggest agrifood MNCs to help with customer validation and feedback, deploying pilots projects, and securing new sales contracts
Curated introductions to AgFunder’s investment network of private and institutional investors from across the globe to help you raise your next funding round
Coaching & Mentorship
Our experienced team of coaches & mentors offer startups a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts.
Physical workspace in Singapore (or virtual office address, if overseas) through the duration of the programme.
Each team accepted into the accelerator also receives:
Media exposure and publicity through the AgFunderNews platform with a global reach of 90,000+ subscribers, plus other PR, events and networking opportunities including a Demo Day at the conclusion of the programme
Opportunity to receive application support for SG EntrePass visa through GROW’s partnership with Enterprise Singapore
While we expect consistent participation to get the most out of your programme experience, we also realise that you have a business to run. So we've structured the GROW Impact Accelerator programme into bite-size sessions of 1 to 2 hours, up to 2 days per week, thus allowing you time to continue working on your startup (and life outside!)
We’re on the hunt for companies operating in new frontiers of agtech and foodtech, tackling the world’s biggest challenges of sustainability.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Advancing Smallholder Farmers
Novel Foods and Ingredients
Supply Chain Rationalisation
Climate-Smart Food Production
Food Waste Valorisation
Personalised Nutrition & Health
Ready to transform the future of agrifood?
The alumni of the GROW Impact Accelerator represent some of the most promising technological innovations for the food and agriculture sectors.
19 companies have graduated from the Impact Accelerator since its first cohort launched in 2019. Cumulatively, these alumni have raised over US$20 million in funding during or soon after the programme, with the most recently graduated cohort expected to bring in an additional US$12 million in the coming months.
Our 2021 cohort was selected from 270 applications from 58 countries. 7 out of 10 are led by female founders. Their impact areas include alt-protein, novel foods & ingredients, food waste, supply chain, decarbonization & greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, circular economies, smallholder farmers & regenerative agriculture.