Mekong AgTech Accelerator (MATCh) Selects 2018 Finalists

Top agritech startups to showcase their solutions at Greater Mekong Subregion Leaders Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

The Mekong AgTech Accelerator (MATCh) announced that 23 startups have been invited to join its 2018 program. The cohort includes 13 startups from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam, as well 10 international firms proposing AgTech solutions for these markets.

MATCh’s competitive application process sought to identify agricultural technologies and new business models with the potential to reshape agriculture towards sustainable and inclusive growth in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS).

Finalists will learn, share, and grow their businesses and technology with mentors, industry experts, and investors. They will attend a bootcamp to improve and refine their business models, and to build their networks. They will join 2018 GMS Leaders Summit on March 30-31 and showcase their solutions and technologies. Additionally, they will be a part of the Future Food Asia Award event on May 23rd in Singapore.

MATCh is the first accelerator for AgTech startups in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. It is funded by the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and is co-organised by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), Future Food Asia, and the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP).

MATCh was launched at the Second GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in September 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The meeting endorsed the GMS strategy for promoting safe and environment-friendly agriculture value chains and action plan for 2018-2022. MATCh is an important initiative as entrepreneurship and technology are key to enhancing the competitiveness of small producers and inclusiveness and sustainability of the supply chain.

About the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI)MBI  The Asian Development Bank and the Australian Government jointly launched the MBI in 2015. MBI catalyzes private sector development in emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets, focusing on Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, and Vietnam. The program aims to improve the business-enabling environment in these four emerging ASEAN markets with particular focus on business advocacy, alternative finance, and innovation. Alongside MATCh, MBI organises innovation accelerator programs including Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST), the SMART City Innovation Challenge Vietnam, and the Fintech Challenge Vietnam.

Congratulations to the finalists:

  1. New Idea Enterprise, Cambodia
  2. Khmer Organic, Cambodia
  3. Bolaven Farms, Lao DPR
  4. Farm Tech Dryer, Myanmar
  5. Kiu Global, Myanmar
  6. Tun Yat, Myanmar
  7. Greenovator, Myanmar
  8. Demeter, Vietnam
  9. Agri-Gel Nano Applied Tech, Vietnam
  10. Dai thanh Bagasse, Vietnam
  11. Padco, Vietnam
  12. Cricket One, Vietnam
  13. Rynan Technologies, Vietnam
  14. Enzootic, Israel
  15. GoodHout, Thailand
  16. Gago, China
  17. Intello Labs, India
  18. Smart Farm, Thailand
  19. Pycno Industries, Australia
  20. AgUnity, Australia
  21. Gintel, Taiwan
  22. Nirobox, Israel
  23. Verifik8, Thailand