Innovations in the
Coffee Supply Chain
Tuesday, Oct 27th
2pm - 5.30pm (GMT +7)
This event brought together top innovators in the coffee industry, from Ethiopia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam, plus other experts on agri-tech and venture capital, and talked about opportunities to strengthen the coffee industry and supply stream through innovative tools, techniques, and approaches.
Opening Speech by
Mr. Andreas Pletziger, Senior Policy Officer, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ)
Breakout Sessions (1 Hr):
“Solving Coffee's Problems Through Innovation”
Room 1: Finding The Right Buyers
Moderator: Randi Wagener (GIZ)
Featuring innovations from Buon Ma Thuot Coffee
Association, BUMI, Cropster, FairChain, Goodel and So So
Good Coffee Company
Room 2: Ensuring Coffee Quality & Consistency
Moderator: Till Ahnert (GIZ)
Featuring innovations from Adena, Bosgaurus, Green Bean,
Khe Sanh, PS Business School, Sau Nhung Coffee
Producers, Seniman Coffee, and Tanamera
Room 3: Increasing the Income of Coffee Farmers
Moderator Jen Green (GIZ Consultant)
Featuring innovations from Behind the Leaf, Jadae Akha
Coffee Group, Kiwari, Moyee, Onda Origins, SMS, and
Panel Discussion (45 Min):
“Can Coffee Innovations Change The World?”
Moderator: Jen Green (GIZ Consultant)
Pamela Chng, Founder at The Bettr Group
Dr. Kraig Kraft, Asia and Africa Director at World Coffee Research
Laura Lestari, senior investment associate at AC Ventures
Social Hour - Virtual Networking Session
Laura Lestari is a senior investment associate at AC Ventures (ACV), an early-stage technology venture fund that focuses on investing in Indonesia’s digital disruptors.
Prior to ACV, she worked at an investment bank and a big four firm where she took on a number of roles including corporate finance, M&A, pre-IPO, and risk advisory.
Dr. Kraig Kraft
World Coffee Research
Kraig H. Kraft is an agro-ecologist who has worked on rural development issues for over 15 years. Prior to joining WCR, Dr. Kraft worked with Catholic Relief Services as their Regional Technical advisor for coffee and cacao in Latin America. He has led impact assessments of sustainability projects in coffee and cacao. Dr. Kraft is the co-author of a book on climate change and food traditions, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail. Dr. Kraft is fluent in Spanish, is working on his French and has a M.S. in International Agricultural Development and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Ecology from UC Davis.
Pamela has over 19 years of start-up and business experience, and is the cofounder ofThe Bettr Group, a for-profit social business and vertically integrated specialty coffee company in Singapore that aims to change lives through coffee.Through its education brand Bettr Barista and retail brand Bettr Coffee Co., it empowers lives through holistic vocational programmes for marginalised women and youth, nurtures direct and sustainable trade across the supply chain, and encourage socially and environmentally conscious consumption wherever it operates.
Social Hour Experts & Funders
We know that meeting the right people is critical to helping your business grow and scale. All entrepreneurs need mentors, advisors and collaborators who specialize in finance, marketing, coffee trade, leadership and other areas to help them overcome the challenges in making their business ideas successful. CIF has provided coaching, support, and connections to consultants and advisors for the 21 companies in our pilot, but even after our support ends we want every business with innovative ideas to have access to the resources and expertise it takes to be successful.
Building a network is one way to increase access to experts and advisors in critical sectors related to innovative coffee businesses, and since we could not safely hold an in-person event, we wanted to bring some of the top experts in the coffee, innovative, finance, and start up world to meet our partners and anyone else interested in bringing innovation to their coffee business.
Whether or not you had a chance to chat with them at our Virtual Networking Event, if you have questions you can use these experts as a starting point.
The Idea Consultants (EU)
Ask him about: Market Testing Products; Services & Brands; Starting a Business; Sustainable Business Strategy; Marketing; Building a robust pitch; Team Management.
Rainforest Alliance (ID)
Ask her about: Certification & the process of getting certified; Coffee supply chain from farmers; Coffee cultivation stories and the challenges farmers are facing.
About The Coffee Innovation Fund
The Coffee Innovation Fund is the first of its kind, a private sector investment program implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), to support pioneering projects in coffee in Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
In Cooperation with
Coffee Innovation Fund 2.0
After a successful first round in which 21 projects were selected and piloted, the Fund's second round
will continue to create opportunities for investment in four East African countries:
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda & Uganda.