The Smart Protein Summit 2020 is curated and convened by The Good Food Institute India

The Covid-19 pandemic has proved that we can’t go on with business as usual. Zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, food insecurity - these are the inevitable consequences of the old normal. As we navigate the next decade and beyond, we need a more healthy, sustainable, and just food system. We need a Mission for Smart Protein.

All over the world, innovators are producing the future of protein - delicious, nutritious meat, eggs, and dairy, made from plants, cells, and microorganisms. But the story of the smart protein sector in the developing world is still being written. As we build the future of food from the ground up in markets like India, we have the opportunity to harness their unique strengths and tackle their unique challenges.

To work side by side with disadvantaged groups and communities like farmers and the malnourished. In one stroke, we could invest in the industries of the future, stave off climate change, and safeguard our food security and public health for generations.

Who should attend

Students
Scientists
Entrepreneurs
Policymakers
Investors
Corporate Executives

Mission

As we navigate the next decade and beyond, we need a more healthy, sustainable, and just food system - one free from the threats of zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and food insecurity. We need to adapt to tectonic shifts in protein technology, supply, and demand, and nurture sunrise industries. Innovators all over the world are already producing the future of protein - delicious, nutritious meat, eggs, and dairy, made from plants, cells, and microorganisms. These foods have all the sensory and cultural resonance of their animal-derived counterparts, but use vastly less land, water, and energy, have vastly lower greenhouse gas emissions, and create vastly less risk to public health.

In India and in other parts of the developing world, the story of the smart protein sector is still being written. And as we grapple with the effects of Covid-19, it’s clear that we can’t afford to settle for anything less than a paradigm shift.

At the Smart Protein Summit, we’re going to articulate our vision for the protein supply of the next decade - one which stewards planetary health, tackles malnutrition, benefits farmers and creates jobs for millions. We’re calling this vision the Mission for Smart Protein, and we invite YOU to design the future with us.

Mission for Smart Protein

Indigenous Crops Initiative

Creating robust R&D, strengthening value chains, and stimulating smart protein entrepreneurship for Indian crops such as pulses, millets, chickpeas to be viable raw materials for plant-based foods. The benefits to biodiversity, farmers’ welfare, and food innovation are immense.

Protein Innovation Hubs for the Global South

Setting up research, incubation, and commercialization centres in key universities and industry clusters, focused on building talent pools, investigating key research areas, facilitating technology transfer to the market, and nurturing the next generation of Smart Protein Innovators.

Smart Seafood without Sacrifice

Stewarding the health and vitality of our oceans and establishing India as a global epicentre by fostering R&D, commerce, and trade in alternative seafood products and ingredients - a particularly neglected and complex opportunity area within the global alternative protein landscape.

Manufacturing Futures Initiative

Leveraging and advancing manufacturing expertise in biopharma, industrial fermentation, 3-D printing and other areas to build essential infrastructure for scaling up alternative protein. Establishing India’s position as a supply-chain powerhouse for the next decade, thereby creating jobs and value addition for millions.

Smart Protein Corridors

Deepening and leveraging bilateral relationships with markets which have strategic advantages complementary to India’s, such as Israel, Singapore, the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands - a major opportunity to boost trade and technology transfer, with a focus on driving down the cost and increasing the quality of products in the smart protein sector.

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
5:30 AM to 5:45 AM
11:30 AM to 11:45 AM
5:30 PM to 5:45 PM

Opening Address

Going from scarcity to abundance will demand a paradigm shift. To kick off the Summit, we're diving into the past and future of our food system, and why its fate hinges on the developing world.
3:15 PM to 3:45 PM
5:45 AM to 6:15 AM
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM
5:45 PM to 6:15 PM

Keynote Address

His company pioneered the mung bean egg, raised hundreds of millions, and is paving the way for smart protein pioneers everywhere. Hear from a global leader in the sector on the journey so far and the future of our food system.
3:45 PM to 4:00 PM
6:15 AM to 6:30 AM
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM
6:15 PM to 6:30 PM

The State of the Industry: A global and Indian Overview

Learn more about smart protein's momentum in India and the world over, with a breathtaking year in 2019 followed by no sign of slowing down in 2020. Pandemic or not, the transformation is underway!
4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
6:30 AM to 7:15 AM
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM

A Springboard for Innovation: Corporate support for smart protein

Good ingredients, product development expertise, and manufacturing support - all essential ingredients of a thriving innovation ecosystem. Hear from some of the leaders of the corporate world helping the sector take root.
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM
7:15 AM to 7:45 AM
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
7:15 PM to 7:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Collaborate virtually with fellow attendees. Your world-changing alternative protein idea could come to life amidst such inspiring company!
5:15 PM to 6:00 PM
7:45 AM to 8:30 AM
1:45 PM to 2:30 PM
7:45 PM to 8:30 PM

Blazing a Trail: Indian startups at the frontier of innovation - Plant-based

Take a cue from the trailblazers - two pioneers laying the groundwork for entire categories in the country, and one bold venture seeking to make advanced manufacturing simple.
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
8:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Blazing a Trail: Indian startups at the frontier of innovation - Cultivated meat & Fermentation

Biotechnology in India is a thriving industry, but its applications in the Indian smart protein sector are just getting started. Tune in for updates from startups pioneering meat cultivated from cells and protein produced through fermentation tech.
6:30 PM to 6:45 PM
9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
9:00 PM to 9:15 PM

Launch: GFI India Startup Manual and Ecosystem Toolkit

Myriad Indian entrepreneurs have benefited from GFI India's support and advisory toolkits. We've spent months packaging these materials into easily digestible forms, so that hundreds more can launch their smart protein dream. Tune in to learn more!
6:45 PM to 7:05 PM
9:15 AM to 9:35 AM
3:15 PM to 3:35 PM
9:15 PM to 9:35 PM

Innovator's Showcase 1

Exciting updates from entrepreneurs in the GFI India community, and pitches from some you haven't heard from before. You're going to love this!
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
5:30 AM to 5:45 AM
11:30 AM to 11:45 AM
5:30 PM to 5:45 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
5:45 AM to 6:45 AM
11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
5:45 PM to 6:45 PM

Building Biotech: India as a scale-up hub for cultivated meat and fermentation

India's proven track record in biopharma and manufacturing is fertile ground for scaling up deep technology. But what will it take to realize that potential? We'll let some of the world's foremost experts paint a picture for you.
4:15 PM to 4:25 PM
6:45 AM to 6:55 AM
12:45 PM to 12:55 PM
6:45 PM to 6:55 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
4:25 PM to 4:45 PM
6:55 AM to 7:15 AM
12:55 PM to 1:15 PM
6:55 PM to 7:15 PM

Innovator's Showcase 2

Exciting updates from entrepreneurs in the GFI India community, and pitches from some you haven't heard from before. You're going to love this!
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM
7:15 AM to 7:45 AM
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
7:15 PM to 7:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Collaborate virtually with fellow attendees. Your world-changing alternative protein idea could come to life amidst such inspiring company!
5:15 PM to 5:45 PM
7:45 AM to 8:15 AM
1:45 PM to 2:15 PM
7:45 PM to 8:15 PM

Ten Years in the Making: A case study in environmental and social sustainability

An ancient tree, catching the eye for its medicinal properties and sustainability implications. A modern business championing its adoption, and benefiting indigenous populations in the process. You're in for a truly fascinating glimpse into the power of biodiversity!
5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
8:15 PM to 9:15 PM

Future-proofing the Farm Gate: Smart protein for sustainability and farmer welfare

Agriculture is the lifeblood of much of the developing world, and smart protein can be a powerful lever to provide income for millions of farmers. Around the world, emerging models are showing promise to do just that - you're going to see how.
6:45 PM to 7:30 PM
9:15 AM to 10:00 AM
3:15 PM to 4:00 PM
9:15 PM to 10:00 PM

Make Stuff People Want: A deep dive into Indian consumer insights

Aren't Indians mostly vegetarian? Why would they even want to eat plant-based meats? We've sifted through the data and insights and put together our existing and new research to help you understand the opportunities in the Indian market!
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
5:30 AM to 5:45 AM
11:30 AM to 11:45 AM
5:30 PM to 5:45 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
3:15 PM to 3:40 PM
5:45 AM to 6:10 AM
11:45 AM to 12:10 PM
5:45 PM to 6:10 PM

Building for Scale: A new platform for Indian smart protein entrepreneurs

As the global smart protein sector goes from strength to strength and attracts the attention of mega-funders, India is still taking its first steps. Hear from one of India's most highly respected bankers and business advisors, as he announces his critical support of the budding ecosystem.
3:40 PM to 3:55 PM
6:10 AM to 6:25 AM
12:10 PM to 12:25 PM
6:10 PM to 6:25 PM

Berlin, Bollywood, and Babhalgaon: A fireside chat with Imagine Meats

India may be having its Game Changers moment. When celebrities deploy their brand and social goodwill towards a better food system, magical things can happen!
3:55 PM to 4:15 PM
6:25 AM to 6:45 AM
12:25 PM to 12:45 PM
6:25 PM to 6:45 PM

India Smart Protein Innovation Challenge Achievers Roundup

Over the last few months, a thousand young innovators took up our Smart Protein Innovation Challenge to learn about the future of food, upgrade their skillset, and enter the 21st century economy. Hear from some of the top young minds at the forefront of food innovation in this fun interview session.
4:15 PM to 4:35 PM
6:45 AM to 7:05 AM
12:45 PM to 1:05 PM
6:45 PM to 7:05 PM

Innovator's Showcase 3

Exciting updates from entrepreneurs in the GFI India community, and pitches from some you haven't heard from before. You're going to love this!
4:35 PM to 4:45 PM
7:05 AM to 7:15 AM
1:05 PM to 1:15 PM
7:05 PM to 7:15 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM
7:15 AM to 7:45 AM
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
7:15 PM to 7:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Collaborate virtually with fellow attendees. Your world-changing alternative protein idea could come to life amidst such inspiring company!
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
7:45 AM to 8:45 AM
1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM

Building Smart Protein Corridors: Accelerating the Protein Shift with the Netherlands

The Netherlands boasts some of the foremost cradles of protein innovation in the world, and the industry-academia partnerships to take innovation to market across borders. We'll let two of the world's most prominent smart protein leaders tell you more.
6:15 PM to 6:45 PM
8:45 AM to 9:15 AM
2:45 PM to 3:15 PM
8:45 PM to 9:15 PM

India's Emerging Smart Protein Hubs: In conversation with NIFTEM & CCMB

Scientific leaders weigh in on what it takes to nurture the next generation of innovators, when GFI India's team checks in with two of our university partners - important hubs for the establishment of the smart protein sector in the country.
6:45 PM to 7:15 PM
9:15 AM to 9:45 AM
3:15 PM to 3:45 PM
9:15 PM to 9:45 PM

Backing Big Ideas: Establishing an India-focused smart protein accelerator

Catalytic capital and early-stage advisory can take India's entrepreneurial ecosystem to the next level. GFI India has been working to build partnerships providing this critical support, and we're finally ready to announce a major development.
7:15 PM to 7:30 PM
9:45 AM to 10:00 AM
3:45 PM to 4:00 PM
9:45 PM to 10:00 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
5:30 AM to 5:45 AM
11:30 AM to 11:45 AM
5:30 PM to 5:45 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
3:15 PM to 4:10 PM
5:45 AM to 6:40 AM
11:45 AM to 12:40 PM
5:45 PM to 6:40 PM

White Spaces in Planetary Health: Smart protein to address climate change

More climate change than all emissions from all transportation on Earth, combined. Ocean dead zones, deforestation, desertification, ocean acidification - hear from leaders in the Indian climate space about why, if we care about planetary health, enabling the protein transition is of paramount importance.
4:10 PM to 4:30 PM
6:40 AM to 7:00 AM
12:40 PM to 1:00 PM
6:40 PM to 7:00 PM

Innovator's Showcase 4

Exciting updates from entrepreneurs in the GFI India community, and pitches from some you haven't heard from before. You're going to love this!
4:30 PM to 4:45 PM
7:00 AM to 7:15 AM
1:00 PM to 1:15 PM
7:00 PM to 7:15 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM
7:15 AM to 7:45 AM
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
7:15 PM to 7:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Collaborate virtually with fellow attendees. Your world-changing alternative protein idea could come to life amidst such inspiring company!
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
7:45 AM to 8:45 AM
1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM

Building Smart Protein Corridors: Spotlight on Canada's Protein Highway

Unique innovation initiatives at the intersection of government, industry, and academia have positioned Canada to be a leader in the protein supply of the future. At this session, you'll hear from key players in the space and discover opportunities for collaboration.
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM
8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
2:45 PM to 3:30 PM
8:45 PM to 9:30 PM

Oceans of Opportunity: Unlocking the potential of algal protein

Their implications for sustainability are tremendous, and their promise within the alternative protein sector is just beginning to be explored. Microalgae and seaweed pioneers across academia and industry join us to demystify the treasure in algal proteins.
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
9:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Safeguarding Marine Ecosystems: Launching the world's first plant-based seafood standards

A stalwart organization in marine and agricultural sustainability partners with GFI globally to launch Gold Standards for plant-based seafood. A major milestone in the alternative protein sector, and you'll hear it here first!
3:00 PM to 3:20 PM
5:30 AM to 5:50 AM
11:30 AM to 11:50 AM
5:30 PM to 5:50 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
3:20 PM to 3:40 PM
5:50 AM to 6:10 AM
11:50 AM to 12:10 PM
5:50 PM to 6:10 PM

Innovator's Showcase 5

Exciting updates from entrepreneurs in the GFI India community, and pitches from some you haven't heard from before. You're going to love this!
3:40 PM to 4:05 PM
6:10 AM to 6:35 AM
12:10 PM to 12:35 PM
6:10 PM to 6:35 PM

Industry Insights: Analysis from Roundtables with Alt Protein Founders and Corporations

You've heard from leaders in the entrepreneurial and corporate sphere, and seen the exciting innovation they have in store for the smart protein sector. Now hear key insights from closed-door sessions on their major pain points, and how we're building platforms to tackle them. Perhaps we'll even make a special announcement!
4:05 PM to 4:45 PM
6:35 AM to 7:15 AM
12:35 PM to 1:15 PM
6:35 PM to 7:15 PM

The Elephant in the Room: Building a post-pandemic food system

2020 has brought global economic, health, and agricultural systems to the brink of collapse, and Covid-19 may not be the last major crisis we face during our lifetimes. Global experts in responsible investing and food systems diagnose how we got here, and where we go next.
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM
7:15 AM to 7:45 AM
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
7:15 PM to 7:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

Collaborate virtually with fellow attendees. Your world-changing alternative protein idea could come to life amidst such inspiring company!
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
7:45 AM to 8:45 AM
1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM

Healthy, Sustainable, and Just: Nourishing the future with smart protein

It's an existential question for India and much of the developing world. Will malnutrition hamper our ability to shape our destiny? What can new technologies and smart protein in particular do to tackle what remains one of this decade's major challenges?
6:15 PM to 6:30 PM
8:45 AM to 9:00 AM
2:45 PM to 3:00 PM
8:45 PM to 9:00 PM

VIP Address

Indian and global Parliamentarians, policymakers, and diplomats speak about the importance of the smart protein sector, the need to nurture its growth, and opportunities for collaboration within and across borders.
6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
9:00 PM to 9:45 PM

What Comes Next: Smart protein pathways for the next decade

GFI India's global partners have the bird's eye view on what's happening in smart protein all over the world - and what may happen over the next decade. Get the inside view of the future of protein!
7:15 PM to 7:35 PM
9:45 AM to 10:05 AM
3:45 PM to 4:05 PM
9:45 PM to 10:05 PM

Vote of Thanks: The Mission for Smart Protein

Over the course of 5 days, you've heard from scientific, business, and policy leaders building the future of food. To close the Summit, we're articulating a vision for the future of our food system, with immense gratitude for your partnership.

You’ll hear from industry-leading corporations, trailblazing startups, influential think tanks, major policy and government groups, and other iconic leaders in the smart protein sector about each of these pillars of the new food system.

So mark your calendars and save the date, for the chance to network and collaborate with innovators from across the world!

October 6 - 10, 2020

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