Founder and Managing Director, Innovate 360
John Cheng is the founder and managing director of Innovate 360, Singapore’s first food incubator with facilities and is looking to launch a venture fund in 2021. It helps more than 40 startups in areas of mentorship, funding, expertise, and access to markets since 2018. It is an accredited mentor partner supported by the Singapore government and recognized by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as a food technology partner in food security. In 2020, he launched foodculture.sg, an e-commerce platform that helps companies go digital, engage consumers, and go global. Prior to Innovate 360, he worked at his 74-year-old family business, transforming and modernizing the business for more than 12 years.
John is a key driver in the Singapore food innovation ecosystem. He is the co-founder and chairman of Feed 9 Billion, an open innovation ecosystem platform, that looks at promoting sustainability and innovation through collaboration to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Under his leadership, it launched the Good Food Startup Manual: Singapore edition to help food entrepreneurs in their startup journey. He is a member of the Ministry’s of Trade’s Pro-enterprise Panel (PEP) that helps companies overcome regulatory hurdles and part of the Singapore Food Story (SFS) Thematic Scientific Evaluation Panel.