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25 July 2023

Khazanah Impact Innovation Challenge 2023 Calls for Applications to Help Tackle the Climate Challenge for Malaysia’s Food Security

Top 10 finalists will receive up to RM500,000 in grants and potential investments by Khazanah and its funding partners

Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) today announced its second installment of the Khazanah Impact Innovation Challenge(“KIIC”) 2023, with this year’s theme focused on “Tackling the Climate Challenge for Malaysia’s Food Security”.

KIIC is a business challenge aligned with Khazanah’s Dana Impak value creation objectives, aiming to address pervasive problem statements and drive socio-economic resilience and growth potential for the country.

This year’s challenge theme was derived from escalating concerns about climate change and its potential threat to food security. Climate change poses an imminent threat to the agri-food sector, globally. Prolonged dry spells, heatwaves, intense rainfall, and floods are already ruining food production across continents, leading to plummeting crop yields and the destruction of livestock and food stocks. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected 5% – 32% decline in crop yields due to climate change by 2050, which is further exacerbated by an estimated 60% increase in global food demand by the same year, driven by population growth as modeled by the Food and Agriculture Organization.

KIIC 2023 is now calling for applications from impactful Malaysian businesses that have developed innovative and commercially viable solutions to address the challenges posed by climate change on Malaysia’s food security. The online application opens today and will end on 4 September 2023.

Organised under the Khazanah Dana Impak initiative, a RM6 billion commitment over 5 years, the KIIC 2023 intends to attract innovative agri-food start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (“MSMEs”) that are actively tackling problems arising from the impact of climate change on the agri-food sector. Additionally, KIIC 2023 will provide support to the selected participants to enhance their readiness and knowledge in securing and raising funds to take their businesses to the next level of growth. Ultimately, the program seeks to strengthen the profile of Malaysia-based agri-food start-ups and MSMEs, with the aim of creating socio-economic value for the country.

Khazanah Managing Director Dato’ Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir said, “Dana Impak is pleased to bring together partners from various sectors to explore opportunities to collaborate with, and tap into the wealth of talent and expertise among Malaysian startups and MSMEs within the agri-food space. As climate change poses an increasing threat to food security in our country, we hope that through this challenge, we can offer the necessary support and a wide-reaching platform to attract capital for innovative and sustainable solutions for the identified theme, which is aligned with our long-term strategy of Advancing Malaysia.”

KIIC 2023 is co-organised with our programme partner, Plug and Play, outreach partners Impact Circle and Cradle Fund’s MYStartup, and funding partners Gobi Partners, 500 Global and Agrobank. The challenge aims to seek innovative solutions such as alternative animal feed sources, alternative fertilisers, on-farm technologies, financing, and supply chain solutions to enhance efficiency and productivity in the agri-food industry.

The ten (10) KIIC finalists will receive an award of up to RM500,000 each in the form of grants and the opportunity to pitch for potential equity investments and/or debt funding from Khazanah and its funding partners.

The competition is open to all Malaysian-based business entities. All applications will be carefully assessed, and only successful applicants will be selected to participate in KIIC 2023. Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation for Demo Day and finalists will be announced in October 2023.

For more information and eligibility to participate in the KIIC, visit


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