Subject: 🏆 Announcing the finalist startups for Future Food Asia 2019

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We are thrilled to announce the 10 finalists of the US$100K Future Food Asia Award and the 4 winners of StartupSG S$50K prizes. 

This year saw more than a hundred start-up applicants, coming from 13 different countries from Asia Pacific. Our jury panel has been assessing and dissecting these applications and after multiple rounds of grueling deliberation with our jury of domain experts, we have arrived at our ten finalists. 
For those who didn't make it this year around, it's important to remember we are a platform and not just an annual award, so the journey does not end here. We intend to continue working with all applicants, to help build partnerships with leading multinational corporations investors and media. 

In addition to the Future Food Asia Award and StartupSG prizes, ADB Ventures will award market expansion pilot funding up to US$ 250,000 to select finalists with high-impact sustainable agriculture solutions.

We saw some interesting trends this year. While the rise in Artificial Intelligence can be seen in the finalist selection itself, there a few more trends we saw coming through. Join us at Future Food Asia 2019 on June 3-4 to hear more about these trends and meet our finalist and winners.


AgNet (China)

For decades, effective livestock production has been a blend of supplier technology and farmer experience. Shanghai based ag-tech start up AgNet now adds a modern digital portfolio of data, IoT and AI to the mix. They have deployed to market the AgNet cloud solution, which promises to lower livestock production costs and lay the foundation for trusted transparency with food companies and consumers.

Biotelliga (New Zealand)

Biotelliga utilizes fungi, nature’s plant-interaction specialists, to develop sustainable technologies to protect crops from pests and diseases, allowing increased food production with low environmental impact. Biotelliga’s bio pesticides and seed-integrated protective fungi will enable reduction in use and ultimately replacement of environmentally harmful chemical pesticides. 
Inong Agriculture (Taiwan)

As a bioinformatics startup that specializes in microbial genetic analysis, Inong Agriculture is the big-data powered soil microbe expert which offers pioneering cash-crop-specific solutions that leverage on customized probiotics to increase crop yield sustainably, alleviating the environmental burden from overdoses of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Jai Kisan (India)

Jai Kisan is an agri-fintech platform catering to rural emerging markets by providing a risk-adjusted return to lenders while ensuring a low cost of capital and quick turnaround time with minimal documentation for the borrower. Jai Kisan finances agricultural equipment, dairy, and other yield generating rural assets.
MPT AgTech (Australia)

Moisture Planting Technologies (MPT) are building a range of tech-enabled, smart equipments for large scale farming operations. Their first product is a tech-enabled planter that can monitor the conditions of the soil in real time while seeding, and self-adjust its seeding depth, and seeding rate live, based on the measured soil profile.
RapidAIM (Australia)

RapidAIM takes the guesswork out of pest surveillance, detection and management. Delivered as a service, RapidAIM provides high-resolution, real-time information of the location of pests for early detection, and targeted control. With RapidAIM users have confidence that control is working and crops are protected. Know now. Act early. 

SaliCrop (Israel)

Salicrop develops a unique, non-GM, seeds treatment for various crops varieties, vegetables and grain seeds. The seeds treatment stimulates a specific epigenetic trait of the plant which enables crop growing and yielding in high salinity soils or when irrigated with brackish water. Salicrop is a portfolio company of Rimonim Agro fund.
SatSure (India)

SatSure is an innovative large area analytics company which leverages advances in satellites, machine learning and Big Data analytics to provide answers to large-area questions, with agriculture, forestry, and environmental management. We combine satellite imagery with weather, IoT, social and economic datasets, etc to generate timely, location specific insights. 
THE.WAVE.TALK (South Korea)

THE.WAVE.TALK detects bacteria in liquids much faster than conventional technologies. We target to save millions of hours spent just waiting for the result by decreasing test time from days to hours (applications from water/beverage plants to water purifiers at home). Moreover, by applying AI, we are able not only to detect but also identify bacteria.

UlikeKorea (South Korea)

UlikeKorea is a livestock ICT company with a smart livestock solution called LiveCare. The solution was developed with the support of globally respected Korean R&D institutions, this solution builds on a bio-capsule that once ingested by the animal, enables lifelong health monitoring. As the interest in sustainable animal husbandry continues to increase, we aim to make every effort to contribute to the advancement of the global livestock industry.


Intello Labs (India)

Intello Labs is a deeptech startup that uses Artificial Intelligence and multispectral tools to make quality monitoring and grading solutions for food commodities. Its image-based solutions, which come in the form of smartphone apps, bring transparency and standardization to the quality assessment process in food supply chains, reducing value risk and wastage from farm to fork.

Phyto Corporation (South Korea)

Phyto Corporation is an innovative food & biotechnology company creating the future of food with Salicornia, a plant grown by seawater. Phyto Corporation has developed the world's first 100% plant-based salt, "PhytoSalt," extracted from Salicornia, a plant containing high contents of salt. PhytoSalt is effective on high blood pressure and is a microplastics-free salt as well. By desalinating Salicornia, Phyto Corporation has also developed a new superfood and flour alternative, "PhytoMeal," that can solve the global food crisis.

Shiok Meats (Singapore)

Shiok Meats is a cell-based shrimp company, the first of its kind in Singapore (Shiok in Singapore English means enjoyable and fantastic). Their aim is to bring cell-based crustaceans to your table, which is health-, animal- and environment-friendly, by growing cells instead of animals. Shiok Meats is co-founded and led by Dr Sandhya Sriram (CEO) and Dr Ling Ka Yi (CTO) - both stem cell and developmental biology scientists with over 20 years of combined experience

VakSea (United States of America)

VakSea uses insect larvae to biomanufacture functional feed additives that protect farm-raised fish and shrimp from disease. Using its innovative insect larvae production platform, VakSea can produce large-scale quantities of affordable protein-based feed additives for a variety of purposes, starting with preventing viral disease outbreaks on shrimp aquaculture farms.


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