The THRIVE | Shell Climate-Smart Agriculture Challenge aims to identify and support top start-up and scale-up innovators who are driving the global transformation to climate-smart agriculture practices. The challenge aligns with Shell’s Powering Progress strategy and the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. If your start-up or scale-up company fits with the challenge themes below, apply now!
Area of Focus
The challenge’s main objective is to find and promote solutions that assist farmers in:
Solutions that promote carbon sequestration and avoid emissions while improving soil health.
Solutions to improve farm connectivity to access carbon markets and carbon financing.
Solutions that measure and quantify soil carbon, soil health, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Criteria For Selection
Start-ups and scale-ups from all across the world are welcome to participate in the Climate-Smart Agriculture Challenge.
- Pre-seed to seed stage
- Start-ups will be screened based on:
- Novel – is the idea fundamentally different, disruptive and unproven?
- Valuable – could the idea create substantial new value if it works?
- Doable – is there a plan to prove the concept quickly and affordably?
- Relevant – is the idea relevant to the future of climate-smart agriculture?
- Series A +
- Proven scalability of a base business and formalized business model
- Detailed plan outlining:
- Marketing reach
- Team structure
- Key product offering
Benefits of the Program
Selected winners will receive:
Up to $100,000 in funding to develop a proof of concept
- SHELL GAMECHANGER
Acceptance into the Shell GameChanger program with access to coaching and additional funding opportunities
- MARKET VALIDATION
Potential pilot opportunities with Shell
- AWARD-WINNING THRIVE ACCELERATOR
Selected applicants will secure placement in THRIVE’s Accelerator Program in 2024
- THRIVE ECOSYSTEM
Be shortlisted for future partnership opportunities with THRIVE’s network
- ELIGIBLE FOR INVESTMENT
Considered or eligible for investment from Shell Ventures if investment criteria met
- THRIVE TOP 50 FAST-TRACK
Receive automatic nomination for THRIVE’s TOP 50 AgTech & FoodTech Listings
Gain brand recognition through THRIVE media and brand exposure across various channels
- MENTORSHIP & COACHING
Access THRIVE’s extensive ecosystem of industry experts & receive focused startup coaching
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How To Apply
Registration closes 11th December 2022
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