Frequently Asked Questions


I don’t have a startup. Can I apply with just an idea?

We are looking for immediate pilot opportunities with startups, which necessitates the participation of startups that are both product-ready and business-ready. If you have a fantastic idea that can hit the ground running as early as tomorrow - do it now!

My startup is not based in Asia. Can I still sign up?

As long as your startup and solution are applicable to the Asian context and you are interested in working  on the Asian market, you are welcome to sign up.

My solution is not tech-enabled / related. Can I still sign up?

If it’s a great solution, and if it has proven to work, sign up and tell us about it!

I have a solution that addresses food loss on a consumer level. Can I still sign up?

At this stage, our interest is in the value chain from farm to market, i.e. the pre-consumer phase. While we’re unable to advance such applications in this challenge, we’d love to learn about your consumer-facing solution. Please feel free to share!

Will I have to pay to join this challenge?

The application process is free. Travel grants are available for those Top 20 (Pitch Day) and Top 5 (Finale) startups that will travel to Singapore to represent themselves at various events.

Will I be required to travel?

We highly encourage the Top 20 (Pitch Day) and Top 5 (Finale) startups that qualify through various rounds to travel to Singapore to represent themselves. We will have travel grants in place to subsidise your travel (according to your location).

I have not been selected for Pitch Day. Does my journey end here?

Definitely not. We encourage you to continue doing the great work you’re doing to fight food loss in Asia! While we are unable to shortlist every entry, Rabobank and its partners are now aware of your startup / project and will watch your development for future opportunities.