Partners – The India Smart Protein Innovation Challenge

Our Partners

Core Organiser

Since its establishment in 2017, the Good Food Institute India has rapidly emerged as the central thought leader and convening body in the space of alternative protein in the country. GFI India’s dedicated expert teams in Science & Technology, Corporate Engagement, and Policy have worked on activities including organizing national summits, disseminating open access scientific information via white papers and webinars, establishing India’s first Centre for Cellular Agriculture in partnership with the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and stimulating world-leading alternative protein research by engaging universities and government. Visit Website

Key Organising Partner

Established in 2017. Gastrotope is a farm to fork catalyst that is a joint venture of 3 companies: Mistletoe, GSF India, and Infobridge. The aim of Gastrotope is to create a sustainable farm to fork ecosystem with a focus on supporting Agri/food tech-related startups, doing events for health & nutrition enlightenment (called GreenDays) with partners to achieve the goal. Visit Website

Supporting Partners

Thought For Food is the world’s entrepreneurial innovation engine for food and agriculture. We work with more than 20,000 next-generation leaders from over 175 countries, empowering them to generate and scale breakthrough business ventures that build sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems.  TFF’s work is powered by a global operating structure that includes the TFF Core Team, 14 Regional Coordinators and 400 Ambassadors in more than 200 cities, as well as diverse partners such as Syngenta, KWS, Google and Rockefeller Foundation. Thought For Food is a 501c3 non-profit entity.
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ProVeg Incubator is the world’s leading Incubator for plant-based and cultured food startups. We are shaping the future of food by exclusively supporting pioneering companies that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products and services. Since its launch in November 2018, ProVeg Incubator has worked with 40 startups from 20 countries, helping them to raise more than €9 million and launch over 40 products. Our tailor-made accelerator programme equips entrepreneurs with the tools and contacts they need to secure investment, grow their businesses, and quickly take new products and services to market. As part of the food awareness organisation, ProVeg International, we are committed to the mission of reducing global animal consumption by 50% by the year 2040. Visit Website

CIIE.CO is The Innovation Continuum. This continuum spreads across incubation, acceleration, seed and growth funding, and research. Founded at IIM Ahmedabad in 2002, as an academic center, CIIE.CO has grown and pivoted to include acceleration, incubation, investment, research and publication. Overall, we have aimed at filling the multiple, ever-evolving gaps in the Indian innovation-driven entrepreneurship space in many ways. Among various initiatives, CIIE.CO has conceptualised and hosted India’s first accelerator, created India’s first and so farthe only cleantech-focused fund, accelerated over 1000 entrepreneurs, invested in over 163 startups, inspired over 700000 with our publication – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. Visit Website

Big Idea Ventures is a venture capital firm with teams in Singapore and New York, combining capital and partnership to support and grow the world’s most compelling plant based food companies and protein alternatives. Our first fund is the New Protein Fund (US$50M), anchored by major institutional investors including Temasek Holdings (global investment firm based in Singapore) and Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) a Fortune 100 company. Visit Website

Omnivore is a venture capital firm, based in India, which funds entrepreneurs building the future of agriculture and food systems. Omnivore pioneered agritech investing in India, backing over 20 startups since 2011. Every day, Omnivore portfolio companies drive agricultural prosperity and transform food systems across India, making farming more profitable, resilient, and sustainable. Visit Website

Mistletoe as a Collective Impact Community, our mission is to re-create a sustainable human-centered future using technology. Our community is made up of those who lead the forefront of the global startup movement including entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and visionaries. Together we aim to solve global social challenges that humanity will face in the near future. We support 190 startups and venture funds in 15 countries. Visit Website

Our mission is to innovate and enrich the offering for everyone. With foods and beverages from innovators who keep their finger on the pulse of what is new, envisioning future trends and earth-friendly production. We are opening the door to new, ingenious tastes and making them accessible to the general public.

For future-oriented grocery-shopping and conscious nutrition. For our own health — and the health of our planet. Visit Website


AGNIi – Accelerating Growth of New India’s innovations – is a programme of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, and a Mission under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). AGNIi is executed at Invest India, India’s National Investment Promotion Agency, which houses our professional team. Visit Website

Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to catalyse startup culture and build a strong and inclusive ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Since the launch of the initiative on 16th January, 2016, Startup India has rolled out several programs with the objective of supporting entrepreneurs, and transforming India into a country of job creators instead of job seekers. Visit Website


Brinc is a different breed of venture capital and accelerator firm. Core to our business is our belief that some of the world’s biggest challenges can be solved by entrepreneurs, who we like to call GAME CHANGERS. More game-changers will make a positive impact on the world if they are given the right backing. And that’s what we’re here for. To support and mentor founders and their teams from across the world and provide investment to help them grow. Today, we believe that technology-focused startups, with the right backing and support, can fundamentally change how we move, what we eat, how we feel, and where we live for the better. We currently operate 11 accelerator programs across 6 global offices, and have invested in over 150 companies originating from 35 different countries. Brinc launched and runs Asia’s first FoodTech accelerator, and has made a commitment to invest in over 1000 climate-conscious startups over the next 5 years.

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Ankur Capital

Ankur Capital invests in startups with transformative technologies for the next billion Indians. We invest in non-conventional opportunities in these markets and have pioneered agritech investing in India.

We were the first to back a company that is digitizing farming, which today covers 5 4 million farmers across 45 countries. We have invested in a company with patented machine learning technology for early detection of breast cancer and funded alternative proteins that promise a new paradigm for access to feed for aquaculture.

Our seasoned team goes deep to uncover entrepreneurs with truly valuable innovations. Our capital plus model drives towards scale and de-risking of our investees through active engagement with experts. We have made 14 investments from our first fund and currently deploying from our second fund. Visit Website