Understand the industry
Building industry expertise is crucial to succeeding in the alternative protein sector. GFI APAC’s suite of reports and tools will help you get up to speed, fast. Start by reading our three flagship State of the Industry reports for plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-enabled meat, eggs, and dairy.
Explore our company database
GFI APAC’s company database tracks emerging and established companies in alternative proteins. It provides information on each company’s focus, location, year founded, founders, and websites. The company database can help with competitive landscape analysis and identification of collaborators. It can also increase your company’s discoverability.
If you would like to add or update your company’s information in the database, please fill out this form.
Understand the science
Alternative proteins exist because of groundbreaking scientific innovation. Dive into the science to learn exactly how innovators are harnessing the power of plants, animal cell cultivation, and microbes to create the next generation of protein products.
If you want to conduct groundbreaking R&D, GFI has two grant mechanisms in place for open-access scientific alt protein research. The grants are our Field Catalyst Grants (up to 24 months and $250,000 USD) and Discovery Grants (up to 12 months and $100,000 USD).
You can also join the 4,000+ people who have signed up for GFI’s free massive open online course (MOOC), an introduction into the science of making meat from plants and animal cells.
Find your white space opportunity
Maybe you know you want to start an alternative protein company but don’t know precisely which product or service to provide. Maybe you’re looking to launch an additional product line, or even pivot your company.
Reading industry white papers, like our reports on plant-based egg alternatives and production methods for cultivated meat, can also increase your understanding of the field and help uncover potential white spaces.
Accelerating Solutions for Alternative Proteins Initiative
Based on surveys and interviews with hundreds of scientists, business leaders, investors, and other experts, GFI is now offering the alternative protein industry’s most comprehensive analysis of opportunities and challenges, including a list of innovation priorities and a continuously-updated database of commercial opportunities, research ideas, and ecosystem-level solutions for a wide variety of stakeholders.
Discover opportunities in alternative seafood
Seafood is an underserved and high-potential market segment. GFI’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative is our hub for plant-based and cultivated seafood:
- Start with our action paper: An Ocean of Opportunity.
- Dive into the commercial landscape and investment data by reading GFI’s State of the Industry: Alternative seafood report.
- Visit our Phylogenetic Index of Seafood CharactEriStics (PISCES) dashboard of data on different seafood species to help you identify the right opportunity.
- Shop our collaborative cell line repositories for cultivated meat cells.
- View our webinar: Opportunities in alternative seafood.
We offer resources to help companies navigate the complexities of fundraising. We help consider which types of funding to pursue, whether to participate in an accelerator or incubator and how to pursue venture capital. Dive deep into the fundamentals of fundraising in our good food startup manuals for Singapore (coming soon!) and Hong Kong. Check out our additional resources below to learn more about pitching and finding investors, incubators, and partners to accelerate bringing your product to market and scaling up.
If you are an investor or know investors interested in alternative proteins, please visit our investor resources page.
Pitch deck checklist and common feedback
Crafting a pitch deck is both art and science, and is vital to raising funds and shaping the narrative for your company. Our pitch deck review form offers a checklist to ensure your deck is what investors are looking for. We recommend you work through this exercise and also ask an advisor to do so. If you’d like GFI to review your pitch deck please fill out our fundraising support form.
Based on our previous evaluation of pitch decks for alternative protein companies, our recommendations include:
Show (or build) evidence of customer traction, market pull, and/or product-market fit.
Even in pre-R&D, you can provide evidence of consumer demand for your product through a variety of creative ways like product crowdfunding pre-sales, focus groups, surveys, and letters of intent from future customers.
Refine your go-to-market strategy.
Whether launching direct-to-consumer, B2B, or in foodservice, how will your strategy impact your product formulations, marketing plan, company culture, and fundraising ability?
Identify your value proposition and what makes it defensible.
Investors want to see that you’re innovating in product development rather than simply pursuing a market niche in the short term. What is your advantage when there are ten companies pursuing the same market?
Calculate or project your unit economics.
The venture capital model is driven by exceptional returns. You’ll need to be highly profitable when you are at scale. Even when it requires assumptions, knowing your unit economics is critical to demonstrating feasibility.
Tell a compelling story.
If you are mission-driven, absolutely lead with that, but don’t rely on the problems inherent to animal agriculture to carry your pitch. Investors want more. Focus on what makes your company unique and what makes you well-positioned to succeed.
Request access to the GFI investor directory
GFI APAC’s investor directory contains investors who have opted in to sharing their information with fundraising alt protein startups. The directory has a variety of angel and institutional investors and can be filtered by typical investment round, typical check size, types of companies most interested in, and location. This resource is only available to alternative protein companies that are actively fundraising — you’ll need to submit a pitch deck for approval. To access, fill out our fundraising support form and we will follow up.
Explore our map of incubators and accelerators
Joining an incubator or accelerator like Big Idea Ventures, Brinc, Food-X, IndieBio, ProVeg, or Y Combinator can be an excellent way to refine your business, build networks, and raise funds. Check out our map of incubators and accelerator programs relevant to alternative proteins. We recommend exploring the map to see if there are any programs that might be a good fit. Did you know GFI also went through Y Combinator?
Apply to GlassWall Syndicate
GlassWall Syndicate is a third-party non-profit organisation consisting of mission-driven accredited investors devoted to removing animals from supply chains. We highly recommend GlassWall Syndicate to fundraising early stage alternative protein companies. Learn more and apply.
Let investors find you through the GFI fundraising database
Build and scale your company
Access the tools and resources you need to build your company and produce your alternative protein products.
Finding the right talent is critical to growing your company. Add alt protein jobs and internships to our APAC jobs board to maximise visibility for new roles at your organisation. And request access to GFI APAC’s talent database. This is the go-to resource for employers and founders in the alternative protein space seeking mission-aligned talent, including employees, contractors, advisors, and more. This database contains resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and contact information for professionals, scientists, and students who want to be a part of the future of food.
Manufacture your product
GFI’s plant-based meat manufacturing guide provides an introduction to the process of extrusion. And our plant protein primer compares various plant proteins on cost, allergenicity, sustainability, and other factors.
If you are not building your own production facilities, working with co-manufacturers will be essential. We have a non-exhaustive directory of co-manufacturers, co-packers, private labelers, and consultants to help with your search. When evaluating prospective co-manufacturers, feel free to consult GFI’s co-manufacturer evaluation checklist.
GFI has a dedicated webpage with other resources for food manufacturers, like our white paper on formulating with animal-free ingredients.
Support for startups
To spotlight all of the knowledge and infrastructural resources that food companies can leverage to build their business and meet rising consumer demand for more secure and sustainable foods, we have launched a “one-stop shop” database in collaboration with FoodInnovate—a joint initiative launched by Enterprise Singapore together with A*STAR – Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), IPI, JTC Corporation, and the Singapore Food Agency.
This important tool allows startups to find any and all relevant resources offered by the Singapore government, with options to search by “need” (e.g. bringing in foreign talent, upstream R&D funding, etc.) or by “development stage” (e.g. pilot stage, internationally commercialised, etc.).
GFI fundraising support
GFI offers support to alternative protein startups that are currently fundraising:
1) Pitch deck review: We review and provide feedback to help you strengthen your pitch deck.
2) Access to the GFI investor directory: Contact individual investors directly using our database of 200+ investors who have expressed interest in funding alternative protein companies.
If you’re interested in taking advantage of our investor directory or pitch deck review, please fill out the form.
Please note: We can only share the investor directory with alternative protein startups that are currently fundraising or have previously closed a successful round.
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GFIdeas APAC is a community for entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, and government and corporate representatives who are driving alternative protein innovation in Asia Pacific. Stay tuned for the official launch in late 2022.