Gurugram-based farm-to-fork accelerator Gastrotope, on Wednesday (January 8), announced the selection of three startups in the second cohort of its acceleration programme. The yardstick for the selection of startups was healthy food, sustainable technology, food safety, plant-based and alternative protein and sustainable ecosystem.
Through this initiative, Gastrotope will nurture the selected startups to achieve impeccable results, optimise the business model, achieve product-market fit and execute a scalable growth strategy in the agrifood industry. Moreover, it also provides a networking opportunity, investment advice and strategy and skill development.
These Are The Three Startups That Were Selected By Gastrotope
Mumbai-based Sprinng Foods, a subsidiary of Sprightlite Foods Pvt. Ltd, was started by Tarun Khanna and Thomas Dane in 2018. It is one of the first Indo-Irish ventures producing international quality Gluten-free food products from India. The company produces gluten-free baked food products using its own in-house expertise and processes with carefully selected local production partners.
Founded in 2019, Delhi-based Clear Meat was started by Dr Siddharth Manvati and Prof Pawan K Dhar. It is one of India’s first cell-based meat companies focused on creating affordable, nutritious and safe animal protein alternatives. Earlier in November 2018, the company was selected by the Pro-Veg Incubator in Berlin and secured a second-place among a hundred other startups that participated in the programme.
New Delhi-based RAAV Techlabs was founded by Abhinandan Bhargava, Alphonse Dhas Antony, Rahul Kumar and Varshnee Raj in 2018. The company is known for designing quality analysis instruments for agriculture commodities. It uses AI and deep learning to assess the quality of agriculture and dairy products across the agri-value chain.
Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem In Agriculture
Gastrotope was founded in September 2017 by Taizo Son of Mistletoe, and GSF, an accelerator led by serial entrepreneur Rajesh Sawhney and Infobridge. The accelerator aims to bridge the gap between the farms and the food tech industry and envisions to catalyse new innovations in the foodtech space in the country. In 2018, Gastrotope had signed an agreement with the Government of Andra Pradesh to create a farm to fork ecosystem in Vizag, where it had committed to invest in ten startups.
In January 2019, the first round of the cohort was launched during the Inc42 and Mistletoe’s farm to fork conclave in Bengaluru. Five startups that were selected in the first round of the cohort include Brown Foods, Credible, Fasal. Occipital Tech and Triton Foodworks. These startups were said to contribute in various parts of the agriculture value chain, starting from farmers to supply chain, logistics, processing, cold storage and customers.