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 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 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 3, SPACE-F has partnered with Thaibev, Thai Beverage PLC (one of the largest beverage companies and restaurant operators in ASEAN)
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.”