FoodTech & Retail
Startup Factory

Join our market entry program and expand with strong partners to high potential markets

Do you have an awesome product or service and are ready to expand to new exciting markets?

We are experts in connecting Startup agility with corporate power. Thanks to our experienced and reliable partners in Iran, Qatar and Malaysia, you can land in good hands of the well-known corporates and investors. Those who can facilitate your access to their territory! And, can provide you with the support you need to be more successful.

  • Validate the opportunity from your own country with no risks
  • Budget for pilots available
  • Travel costs covered

08.07.2018

Application deadline

Iran, Malaysia, Qatar

  • Food production
  • Food processing
  • Logistics
  • Warehouse management
  • Packaging
  • Marketing & salees
  • Retail
  • Waste recovery

FoodTech & retail startups wanted! Join our Market Entry and Growth Program. We match ready-to-scale startups with leading regional corporates.

Join the Startup Factory

Scale up your business and expand with a strong partner to new high potential markets.

Startups with the most promising offer will have the chance to join the program.

Scope of the project

We are experts in connecting Startup agility with corporate power. Thanks to our experienced and reliable partners in these regions, you can land in good hands of the well-known corporates and investors. Those who can facilitate your successful access to their territory! And, can provide you with the needed support and guidance.

Iran

The Iranian market represents an exceptional opportunity for technology Startups:

  • One of the largest economies in the world by purchasing power parity
  • With a population of 80 million, one of the largest untapped markets
  • Offers a great geographic advantage by connecting Asia and Europe
  • Human capital base

Qatar

Qatar attracts plenty of investments and holds international events, not to forget the FIFA World Cup 2022.

  • High economic growth rate
  • Supportive Startup ecosystem and huge potentials in digitalization
  • One of the business hubs in the region
  • Well-connected infrastructure

All these factors provide the foundation for an emerging knowledge-based economy and offers great opportunities for technology Startups.

Malaysia

Malaysia on track to achieve its goal to become a high income economy by year 2020.

  • Ease of doing business is in the top 10% worldwide
  • According to the world bank, is ranked highly efficient for starting business, licensing approval and tax administration
  • One of the most investment-friendly countries with very high growth potentials in the region
  • Ease of cross-border trading due to geo-political situation

Search fields

Technologies and solutions along the whole food and retail value chain

We are looking for technology Startups that have a unique value proposition and scalable products/services, that are already generating revenue with existing clients or at least have first pilot projects, are ready to scale and want to expand their business to Iran, Qatar and Malaysia and look for collaboration and investment opportunities with leading corporates.

Food Production

  • Cultivation & Harvesting
  • Food processing
  • Added-value products
  • Packaging
  • Livestock

Logistics

  • Aggregation
  • Distribution
  • Delivery on Demand (DoD)
  • Fulfillment
  • Supply chain management

Storage

  • Inventory management
  • Warehouse management systems
  • Distribution centers
  • Food hubs

Marketing & Sales

  • Location analytics
  • Proximity marketing
  • Customer loyalty
  • Customer experience
  • Omnichannel tools
  • Branding

Retail

  • Supermarkets
  • Vending systems
  • Store management
  • Shelf monitoring
  • E-/M-/A-Commerce
  • Shopping malls

Waste Management

  • Recycling
  • Resources and waste recovery

What’s in it for you?

Scale up your business and drive your sales with strong partners
Expand to high potential markets
Get guidance during the whole process
Get investment and budget for pilots or launch

Timeline

1. Application Deadline: 8 July 2018

2. Remote Pitches: 24-26 July 2018

3. Final Evaluation phase: August 2018

4. Kick-off workshop with selected startups: September 2018

5. Successful launch or cooperation

Join our market-entry program

Scale up your business and expand with strong partners to new high potential markets.

Startups with scalable products and solutions along the whole food tech and retail value chain will have the chance to join the program.

 

FAQ

In what language is the program?

The whole process will be in English.

Are only Startups from the food tech and retail sector included?

No. We are equally interested in Startups working on technologies, solutions or services that could be used for food tech and retail but have not yet provided an application in this field.

Is it necessary to travel to the destinations to join this program?

Not in the first step. Only selected startups after the remote pitches will need to join the kick-off workshops in one or more of those countries. The travel costs will be covered by the local partners.

What is the kick-off workshop?

It’s a 1 day workshop, where startups, as well as local corporates and investors will meet in order to:

  • get to know each other’s capabilities and ambitions
  • match between startup capabilities and market requirements
  • clear common understanding of the next steps:field trials, PoC Roadmap incl. budget, marketing scenarios, business case

Are the travel costs for the Kick-off workshop covered?

Yes. The following is covered:

  • Economy class flight ticket
  • accomodation

Is there a fixed amount of Startups to be selected for the program?

No, all applications will be screened and evaluated individually.

Where would the kick-off workshops take place?

They will be held in Tehran, Doha and Kuala lumpur.

When will I hear if I am included in the program?

We will do our best to inform all applicants whether or not they will be admitted as soon as possible during the multi-stage selection process – and at the latest one month before the kick-off workhops.

How to join the program?

  1. Click HERE and fill out the application form and provide us with the core information about your company (It takes approximately 15 minutes to present and register your startup)
  2. Best-in-class startups will be invited for an online interview (remote pitch) with our team to discuss their business model, technology, and growth ambitions.
  3. Successful candidates will then be invited to the kick-off workshops.

Expand to high potential markets with us
Contact us for more information.

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