Global Business Innovation Programme in Singapore - Agrifood

Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE welcome applications to explore AgriFood and aquaculture innovation and food security in Singapore.

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Explore agrifood and aquaculture opportunities in Singapore, pre-activity briefing workshops to build knowledge and understanding of the market and potential opportunities, visit to Singapore, meetings and matchmaking with key companies and research organisations and potential collaborators and partners, exploitation workshop, one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE Innovation and Growth Specialist (inc 1 day workshop).


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Note: This opportunity is fully funded support and not monetary funding.

Up to 15 high-growth innovative businesses take part in each Innovate UK Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). They are supported intensively by an innovation and growth specialist whilst exploring and exploiting the collaboration, growth and innovation opportunities that exist in a specific business market around a specific theme, from Agritech to AI. The GBIP provides detailed market knowledge, introductions and cultural insight that SMEs would find difficult to obtain themselves.

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

  • Alternative Proteins Production
  • Aquaculture
  • Controlled Environment
  • Food Waste

Find out how the GBIP in Singapore can help your business grow.

  • A GBIP has three stages:

    Prepare for the market

    Preparing for the market includes the cohort being briefed by sector and market experts on, for example, cultural aspects of conducting business in that country. Delegates receive help to find business partners and arrange meetings and are advised on best practice including the management and protection of their intellectual property.

    Visiting the market

    Visiting the market provides opportunities to attend pre-arranged meetings and activities in order to better understand and maximise the opportunities that the visit presents.

    Exploiting the opportunity

    Exploiting the opportunity is arguably the most important aspect of the programme. To maximise the opportunity, participating companies are given bespoke one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist to help develop and implement an action plan.

    The Global Business Innovation Programme operates on a competitive basis and businesses selected are required to participate in all three stages (some or all of which may be online).

  • To apply for this initiative, you must:

    • Be a UK based innovation-led company with ambitions to grow and internationalise
    • Be a business with fewer than 500 employees
    • Be able to attend and complete all activities
  • 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.

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


    • Sustainable Fish & Crustacean Production
    • Disease prevention

    Food Waste:

    • In Production, Supply Chain & End User
    • Measurement, Management, Traceability & Reduction
    • Circular Economy

    Alternative Proteins Production:

    • Cultivated meat/fish/dairy
    • Algae
    • Insect Based
    • Plant Based

    Controlled Environment:

    • Agriculture (CEA)
    • Vertical Farms
    • Lighting & Climate Technology
    • Aeroponics, Hydroponics, Aquaponics
  • Register for the applicant briefing event on 11th July 2023 here

    Closing date for application: 27th August 2023
    Pre-visit briefing briefing: w/c 2nd October 2023
    Innovation visit:  30th October – 3rd November 2023
    Post-visit workshop: w/c 4th March 2024

    For more information, assistance with your application or to discuss accessibility needs, please contact Ian Holmes:


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