• SPACE-F Co-founders and partners

  • SPACE-F Co-founders

    Joint program founders consisting of government, private and university partners


    The completeness of the program is that it is formed jointly by 3 components of the Triple Helix consisting of government, private and university partners. This enables a complete ecosystem to benefits startups. The 3 parties are comprised of National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) (NIA), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thai Union Group Public Company Limited (TU) and Mahidol University (MU).

    National Innovation Agency (NIA)

    The National Innovation Agency (NIA) was established by the Ministry of Science and Technology on October 1, 2003. Since its inception up to September 1, 2009, NIA operated as an autonomous agency, under the supervision and policy guidance of the National Innovation Board, but outside the normal framework of the civil service and state enterprises. From September 2, 2009 onwards, NIA was restructured and became a Public Organization, while remaining under the umbrella of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
    NIA plays the leading role in the development of Thailand’s innovation ecosystem by coordinating, networking, fostering, and partnering different organizations from various fields such as academia, technology, industry, finance and investment. Its main focus is on utilizing knowledge management to achieve innovation, which could be employed as the principal tool in improving quality of life and driving towards an increasingly competitive economy.
    NIA undertakes a broad-based and systematic approach in facilitating innovation development in Thailand, both in terms of making improvements and pioneering new initiatives. More precisely, NIA focuses on fostering strategic innovation and industry innovation, which enhances national productivity, encourages economic restructuring and social development as well as promoting national competitiveness. NIA also focuses on coordinating industrial clusters both at the policy and operational levels, promoting innovation culture and building up innovation systems, with a broader aim to transform Thailand into an innovation-driven economy.



    Thai Union Group PCL.

    The co-relating vision of TU, the Thai company that has become the leader in global seafood industry in seeing the opportunities and the significance in food innovation and FoodTech Startups. TU is a global seafood leader with ambitious growth goals and a dedication to sustainability and innovation. TU’s portfolio of brands includes convenient consumer favorites that have brought nutritious and tasty seafood to tables around the world for over a century. Thai Union’s vast selection of shelf-stable, chilled, and frozen foods and related products makes mealtimes delicious, dynamic, easy, and healthy for millions of families worldwide. Our portfolio of consumer-favored brands across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific has a global reach, with product developments Informed by local insights and market preferences. Brands such as JOHN WEST, CHICKEN OF THE SEA, SEALECT, FISHO, KING OSCAR CHINA, KING OSCAR, QFRESH, MONORI, BELLOTTA AND MARVO, and more.
    Through strategic mergers and acquisitions, our family of brands is expanding its market share around the world. Our commitment to innovation, sustainable growth, quality, and consistency facilitates our competitive advantages. TU sees the importance of Innovation for sustainable growth hence, the company has invested a value of THB 300 million on it’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) which is built over 5,000 square meters.
    There are more than 40 doctoral degree scientists and over 120 researchers in the fields of marine biotechnology, engineering, medicine, food science and nutrition from around the world that work at the GIC, coordinating and exchanging knowledge and expertise in R&D and using the latest technologies to provide the best outcomes for consumers and the environment.



    Mahidol University

    Mahidol University has its origins in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888 by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). Later becoming the University of Medical Sciences in 1943, Mahidol University was renamed with great honor in 1969 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after his Royal Father, H.R.H Prince Mahidol of Songkhla. Mahidol University has since developed into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, internationally known and recognized for the high caliber of research and teaching by its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching, research, international academic collaboration and professional services.
    Mahidol University has established its international collaborations that support the collaborative activities with various universities and institutes around the world. The university recently maintains the Memorandum of Understandings (MOA) and Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) signed with 434 outstanding universities/institutes coming from 46 respective countries in terms of research and education collaboration frameworks. For example, the collaboration established with Tokyo University, Osaka University and Chiba University as active collaborators from Japan.
    For a curriculum development, Mahidol University has also developed the 18 joint curriculums with international institutes, divided into 14 Double Degree and 4 Joint Degree Programs.
    The scope of collaboration is outstandingly formed in terms of joint research, technology transfer, expertise & staff exchanges, joint supervision, sharing of financial support, these activities help to strengthen up the motivation of network and encourage institutions to create innovation. The strong collaborative networks of Mahidol University with many institutions can empower both of research and academic operation in various scientific areas such as Data Analysis, Biological & Physical sciences, Biomedical, and Preclinical sciences, etc. These will help to enhance the mutual research advantages and provide professional advice to new innovators.



  • SPACE-F Partners

    SPACE-F has joined forces with additional partners for their second batch and beyond to make it even more impactful and beneficial to the startups and as pioneers aims to build the “Bangkok FoodTech Silicon Valley”.


    For Batch 2, SPACE-F has

    • Partnered with Thaibev, Thai Beverage PLC (one of the largest beverage companies and restaurant operators in ASEAN)

    • Supported by Betagro (one of the region’s largest agro-industrial and food companies)

    • Supported by Deloitte (the largest professional services network in the world, with a deep expertise in the food industry)


    Thai Beverage PLC.

    ThaiBev was established in 2003 to consolidate a number of leading spirits and beer businesses in Thailand belonging to our founding shareholders and other investors. In 2006, ThaiBev was listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and subsequently expanded to the non-alcoholic beverage and food sectors to diversify their product portfolio, enhance logistics efficiency, and mitigate business risks. Today, ThaiBev is not only Thailand's leading beverage producer, but also one of Asia's largest beverage producers. ThaiBev’s business consists of four segments -spirits, beer, non-alcoholic beverage, and food.
    ThaiBev is focused on the UN’s sustainable development goal number 3, ‘Good Health & Well Being’. ThaiBev is pleased to begin working with SPACE-F to see the advancement of the food and beverage industry and to support the startups where possible.”



    Betagro Group PCL.

    Betagro Group was founded in 1967under the name of Betagro Company Limited to produce and distribute animal feed. The Group has grown substantially ever since: first, by establishing a livestock production facility and then expanding further into the integrated agricultural sector with a complete production base in Lop Buri Province, which includes everything from manufacture and livestock farming to animal breeding, from producing pigs, broilers, layer chickens and breeders to manufacturing and distributing animal health products. Today, apart from being positioned as a country leader in the fully integrated agro-industrial and food business sector, Betagro Group is widely recognized for its quality and safety standards. Their business covers the food industry from upstream to downstream. Starting from animal feed and veterinary medicine, then expanding to animal breeding, livestock production, meat processing, and food processing. When reaching their downstream businesses, they expand their food business to deliver better quality food to consumers for export and domestic consumption.
    Throughout the 50 years of their journey, they have focused on 5 keys business: Intensive Quality & Food Safety, Customer & Consumer Centric, Innovation and R&D Focus, Sustainable Development, and Brand Building.




    Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and over 312,000 professionals, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, deliver the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges.
    Deloitte Thailand is the practice of Deloitte Southeast Asia which is operating as one firm as Deloitte Asia Pacific with more than 100 cities across the region, combining their technical expertise and deep industry knowledge to deliver consistent high quality services to companies.
    Deloitte Thailand established since 1939, today we have a team of 50 Thai and international partners and over 1,400 client services and support staff dedicated to serve over 1,000 clients nationwide.
    With these partners onboard it is ensured startups will benefit from working with leading corporates along the food supply chain. The mentorship, network, commercial and investment possibilities offered by these leading corporates will ensure that participants in the program will have a flying start to their business.



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