Seeds Capital seeks investment partners in agri-food start-ups

It will co-invest in 7:3 ratio for first $500,000, up to $4m per start-up

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) investment arm Seeds Capital is seeking co-investment partners for agri-food start-ups.

A call for partnership was launched yesterday and will close on Oct 5.

Partners should be able to identify and co-invest in Singapore-based, deep tech and early-stage start-ups in agri-food technology, which refers to innovations that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the food supply chain.

They should also be able to provide hands-on assistance in helping early-stage start-ups to commercialise quickly, as well as mentor them and connect them to potential clients.

Seeds Capital will co-invest in the ratio of 7:3 for the first $500,000 of investment and up to $4 million for each deep tech start-up.

This has been enhanced from the previous 1:1 co-investment ratio and $2 million cap under the Startup SG Equity scheme, for which Seeds Capital is one of the administrators of funds.

The move is part of ESG's plans to develop Singapore's food manufacturing sector into a leading food and nutrition hub in Asia by 2025, said the agency yesterday.

The move is part of Enterprise Singapore's plans to develop Singapore's food manufacturing sector into a leading food and nutrition hub in Asia by 2025, said the agency yesterday.

Proposals may be submitted to cfp_ssge@enterprisesg.gov.sg. Both local and foreign parties with a Singapore-based presence may apply.

Applicants will need to show financial commitment, resources, expertise in agri-food technology and experience in nurturing start-ups in that area, as well as a track record of nurturing and investing in early-stage technology start-ups, with access to investment capital and follow-on investors.

They will be selected "mainly based on the capabilities and experience of the team, adequacy of commercialisation resources and fund management processes", said ESG.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'Seeds Capital seeks investment partners in agri-food start-ups'. Print Edition | Subscribe