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5 Sustainable Startups on a mission to fix our food system

Last year during the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit, nine exciting Asia-based startups pitched their sustainable technologies aimed at building up our food system’s resilience to crises in the post-pandemic world.

Without further ado, below is a round-up of the startups hailing from all over Asia who are slated to pitch at the Summit next month and the disruptive technologies that they’re bringing to the table.

1. Augmentus (Singapore)

Founding date: 2019

Headquarters: Singapore

Founders: Yong Shin Leong & Daryl Lim

Mission: Augmentus is a Singapore startup that has developed a full-stack code-free robotic automation platform to enable any user, including those without any robotic experience such as urban farmers, to develop robotic systems. This solution means reduced time, lowered costs and skill barriers for robotic automation.

2. AuroraFood (Singapore)

Founding date: 2019

Headquarters: Singapore

Founders: Jing Gao & Xiaoxuan Jin

Mission: Created by scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Aurora Food is a patent-pending food tech platform offering a glycemic index (GI) lowering technology that enables the production of baked goods and desserts with a slow sugar release without the use of any sugar alternatives. The company hopes to make sweet indulgences healthier and more diabetic-friendly via a B2B model with foodservice chains. Their first product is a baking mix that enables a slower sugar release without any sugar alternatives.

3. Chilibeli (Indonesia)

Founding date: 2019

Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia

Founders: Alex Feng, Damon Yue & Matt Li

Mission: Jakarta-based Chilibeli is an online shopping platform for fresh products such as fruit, vegetables and other daily household items, but with an added “social commerce” aspect whereby users can interact and buy and sell with other members of the community. Through this social commerce concept, Chilibeli hopes to facilitate micro-entrepreneurship through its Mitra Chilibeli, or Chilibeli for Partners program, in the process empowering Indonesian women.

4. GreenPod Labs (India)

Founding date: 2019

Headquarters: Chennai, India

Founder: Deepak Rajmohan

Mission: GreenPod Labs is an agri-biotech firm creating sustainable solutions to combat food waste in India. It’s flagship technology is a nano-tech active packaging that can extend the shelf life of fresh produce like fruit and vegetables across the supply chain. It works by using plant phenolic compounds to slow down the ethylene biosynthesis process, as well as activating an acquired resistance of the product to help it retain its fresh quality.

5. Senzagro (Sri Lanka)

Founding date: 2017

Headquarters: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Founders: Miller Alexander Rajendran, Anton Crises John Nirajh & Tharmakulasingam Jeyjenthan

Mission: Senzagro is an agriculture company that has created the world’s most advanced smart irrigation service, which automates optimal irrigation and adaptation to increase crop yields for farmers, while providing water and energy cost savings too. It’s IoT technology collects information about all environmental conditions that affect agriculture, from weather to moisture and soil fertility, which in turn is used to provide the data to automate the drips and sprinklers, providing exactly what farms need.

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