THRIVE GLOBAL IMPACT CHALLENGE

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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 three key themes each one central to supporting the transition to a net-zero future for agriculture.
CHALLENGE THEMES
Soil health & Biodiversity
Increasing food security
Reducing and offsetting emissions
SELECTION CRITERIA
Startups should be Seed to Series A with
technologies focused in the following areas

Soil health & Biodiversity

  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Ag biotechnology
  • Alternative fertilizers
  • Alternative pesticides & herbicides
  • Crop nutrition & novel inputs
  • Biostimulants
  • Water management.

Increasing food security

  • Alternative proteins
  • Food loss prevention
  • Circular economy
  • Indoor farming
  • Supply chain solutions
  • Packaging
  • Functional Ingredients.

Reducing and offsetting emissions

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carbon measurement
  • Carbon markets
  • Reducing animal emissions and animal cruelty
  • Robotics & automation
  • On-farm emissions reduction.
TIMELINE
WINNING COMPANY

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

The Winning company receives the THRIVE Global Impact Challenge Award and a place on the award-winning THRIVE Global Accelerator Program in Silicon Valley. In addition the winner will also receive:

Judging Panel

PHIL
TAYLOR

Director of Open Innovation & Outreach, Crop Science R&D

HADAR
SUTOVSKY

VP External Innovation of ICL Group & GM of ICL Planet Startup Hub

TANNIS THORLAKSON

Director of Sustainability

KOJI
HASEGAWA

General Manager, Kubota Innovation Centre Silicon Valley

JESSICA MONSERRATE

Head of Sustainability North America

MIKA
EBERL

AgroStart Lead North America

NATANJA
SLAGER

Agtech Front End Innovation

ROBERT
STENEKES

Director of Open Innovation

EDUARDO MENEZES

AgroStart Lead Latin America

ELISSA MCNAMARA

National Climate and Energy Lead

Laura
Kilcrease

CEO

JILLIAN
LIDGATE

INNOVATION DIRECTOR

DOUG
HOULT

VICE PRESIDENT, INVESTMENTS, ALBERTA INNOVATES

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