What is it?

The urgency of the climate crisis is more apparent than ever and disruptive innovation is key to creating a more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, healthy and equitable future.

The THRIVE Global Impact Challenge is a global search for the most innovative startups who are advancing a more sustainable future for agriculture

Aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Impact Challenge is focused on five key themes each one central to supporting the transition to a net-zero future for agriculture.

WINNING COMPANY

Finalists from each theme will advance to the finals and pitch at the THRIVE Global Impact Summit where the overall winner will be announced.

The Winning company receives the THRIVE Global Impact Challenge Award in addition to the following:

THRIVE Global Impact Summit

Experience the pinnacle event of the Global Impact Challenge at the 2024 THRIVE Global Impact Summit. Join us on November 7th as our challenge finalists pitch their groundbreaking solutions to investors, government officials, and industry leaders.

Immerse yourself in inspiring talks, engaging panels, and networking opportunities with like-minded individuals. Save the date and be a part of this incredible summit shaping the future of innovation.

FOCUS AREAS

Soil health &
Biodiversity

Every year, billions of tons of soil erode, exacerbating biodiversity loss. Prioritizing soil vitality is critical to ensure long-term food security, bolster biodiversity, and mitigate climate change impacts. This includes solutions for regenerative agriculture, bio-based pest control, novel crop nutrition, diversified ecosystems, and transition finance initiatives.

Food Security & Waste Reduction

Our emphasis on food security addresses the critical challenge of sustainably feeding a growing global population, given the significant amount of food wasted annually. We seek solutions to optimize resource use, promote climate-resilient agriculture, automate and digitalize on-farm operations, improve supply chain efficiency, and reduce waste.

Reducing and offsetting GHG emissions

Rising carbon emissions are accelerating climate change, posing a significant threat to global sustainability. Our goal is to drive a shift towards a low-carbon economy by focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon capture technologies, and sustainable transportation.

Nutrition & Health

Improving nutrition and health is key to a sustainable food system. This encompasses a range of solutions including precision nutrition, cultivated food ingredients, rapid testing for quality and safety, and sustainable alternative proteins for both food and feed applications.

Cleantech: Water and Energy

In the face of escalating global water scarcity, leveraging CleanTech in the realms of energy and water becomes crucial. Our newest global impact focus includes technologies that enable smart irrigation, enhanced water measurement, eco-friendly inputs, bioenergy, energy management, and land use optimization.

Selection Criteria

These selection criteria will help us identify and support startups and entrepreneurs who are actively working towards creating sustainable and impactful solutions aligned with our mission and vision.

Seed to
Series A:

Applicants should be early-stage startups or entrepreneurs at the seed to Series A stage. We welcome innovative ideas and solutions that have the potential for growth and scalability.

Global
Applicants:

We invite applications from around the world. Entrepreneurs and startups from any country or region are encouraged to apply, as we value diverse perspectives and global collaboration.

Adhesion to Focus Areas:

Applicants should demonstrate a clear alignment with one or more of the above focus areas. Solutions should address the specific challenges within these areas and offer innovative approaches for positive impact. 

Proven Climate & Environmental Impact (Preferred):

While not mandatory, we highly value applicants who can demonstrate a proven impact on climate and the environment. This includes showcasing tangible outcomes, data-driven results, or successful implementation of solutions that have positively influenced sustainability, carbon reduction, biodiversity, or other environmental aspects.

Timeline

Applications Open
Applications Close
Applications Review
Select Finalists
Live Pitch Event
May 6, 2024
July 12, 2024
August 2024
September 2024
November 7, 2024

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 THRIVE GLOBAL IMPACT CHALLENGE WINNERS

Increasing Food Security & overall winner

Improving Soil Health & Biodiversity

Reducing and Offsetting Emissions

People’s Choice Award

SPEAKERS

HADAR
SUTOVSKY
SCOTT
KOMAR
RANVEER
CHANDRA
PETER
ECKES
ARAMA
KUKUTAI
LAURA
KILCREASE
WALT
DUFLOCK
ANNA
RATH
NAVEEN
SIKKA
LAUDEMIR
MULLER
ANANTHA
DESIKAN
MARIANA
VASCONCELOS
JIM
EATHINGTON
RAJ
KUNDRA

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