(Singapore) Bao Nguyen: Our vision is to create a holistic way of producing food that benefits everyone and regenerates Nature.

January 9, 2024
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RegenX is a financing platform for small agribusinesses in Southeast Asia that incentivizes and monitors regenerative agriculture practice with ground-truth data.

Tell us about yourself?

I’m a multi-disciplinary founder who worked in real estate, education, technology and now agritech. I started RegenX because I believe we have a duty to replenish soil health and do that in a way that is economically profitable for farmers and small agribusinesses.

If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Slow down a bit and let the Universe do its work.
Get really clear on your circles of incompetence and hire the best people you can find in those areas.

What problem does your business solve?

We provide working capital financing to small agribusinesses who struggle getting traditional loans. As part of the green financing programs, they implement regenerative practices with their farmers and monitor practices and outcomes through our platform.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

It was a spiritual inspiration more than a business inspiration. Then I just found the intersection between that and what I can be the best at, combined with tackling one of the biggest challenge we are facing (global warming) and the opportunity to have a positive impact.

What is your magic sauce?

We have outstanding orchestration ability between online and offline execution (think: farming business and technology) combined with local access to the networks we need to go to market and expand fast, plus access to a Rolodex of international climate funds and investors.

What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?

The mission is to be the largest digital network of bankable small agribusinesses in Southeast Asia, who abate a combined 100 MT of CO2e per year

Our vision is to create a holistic way of producing food that benefits everyone and regenerates Nature.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Biggest challenge is to operationalize what nobody has been able to do before

How do people get involved/buy into your vision?

We are looking for Family Offices and Foundations who want to catalyze the impact we’re creating and help us scale up.

Our focus is on small agribusinesses in Southeast Asia (think of farm cooperatives), working with smallholder farmers in the supply chains of Coffee, Cacao and Coconut.

Our theory of change: fill in the working capital gaps so that small agribusinesses can better influence farmers’ behaviors into regenerative practices – and build the appropriate digital track record to keep rewarding the right regenerative stewards and scale the impact.

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