CropBASE selected as sole data start-up active in agriculture to participate in the ASEAN Data Startup Accelerator programme Credit: ODI. Dr Ebrahim Jahanshiri, pictured bottom left, is representing CFF at the ASEAN Data Startup Accelerator (ADSA) programme.CropBASE was selected as the sole data start-up active in agriculture to participate in the first ASEAN Data Startup Accelerator (ADSA) programme, which commenced on March 6, 2017. The ADSA programme is a collaboration between the Open Data Institute and the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation. ADSA is an intensive six-month acceleration programme that brings together high-potential start-ups in the region to help them achieve sustainable success. The first month focusses on intensive training, which includes a commercial phase on pitching and leadership, and a technical phase that focusses on training in data analytics and data science. Participants had the opportunity to meet with representatives from MAMPU, an organisation that together with ODI is working on the Malaysian Open Data initiative, as well as pitch their start-ups to Ir. Dr Karl Ng Kah Hou, Data Economy Director of MDEC and Richard Stirling, Innovation Director from ODI. Speaking at the end of week two, Dr Ebrahim Jahanshiri, CropBASE Research Programme Coordinator, mentions that while the programme is relatively new, it offers a great platform for data driven start-ups, saying, “we have exposure to the business world and are absorbing how start-up ideas are formed and monetised in this arena.” CropBASE is one of five research programmes at Crops For the Future, that integrates qualitative and quantitative knowledge on underutilised crops into decision support systems.