Applications for drone technology run wide. From military to real estate, disparate markets are fast making use of drone packaged technologies, which include AI and machine learning to robotics. MAIN's interest in drones stems from drone technology's inherent exercise of economies of scale—i.e. more and more of drone-application isn't merely about simply leveraging a person (a pilot flying surveying a piece of land lies thousands of miles away from where the pilot himself is situated, for example), but about automation: autonomous technologies. Indeed, a breakthrough application and solution in the drone space would make for a huge opportunity.
Many MAIN members' portfolios include a considerable exposure in fintech. Despite how crowded this segment is, MAIN is still interested in unique opportunities in this space. Emphasis is always weighted moreso toward the leaders behind the opportunity rather than the market opportunity itself, but this is even moreso the case within fintech. Leaders must possess the experience and proven expertise in their respective endeavors in order to be considered as a viable opportunity.
Typical areas of concern in fintech include regulation and security.
The MAIN membership's interest in food spans everything from food manufacturing to restaurant franchises. Food isn't merely a double digit facet of the GDP of various economic scales—such as the ASEAN or the Philippines—but it's simply a way of life. And as such, is a very big opportunity.
Typical concerns regarding opportunities in food have to do with the fickle fascination with consumer behavior: what's hot today isn't hot tomorrow, and in rapidly developing economies such as the economies of the metro areas in the Philippines, middle classes are evolving and consequently, tastes are rapidly changing. Taste may have reign supreme in some of these markets, historically. But health features—such as a product being gluten free or trans fat free—are becoming consumer concerns, en masse.