About the challenge
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!
The key goal of the challenge is to identify and promote innovations that help farmers to:
- ENHANCE LAND
Solutions that promote carbon sequestration and avoid emissions while improving soil health.
- CONNECT FARMS
Solutions to improve farm connectivity to access carbon markets and carbon financing.
- MEASURE SOIL
Solutions that measure and quantify soil carbon, soil health, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Benefits for winners
Winners will be selected to receive the following benefits:
Up to $100,000 in funding to develop a proof of concept*
- Eligible for investment
Considered or eligible for investment from Shell Ventures if investment criteria met
- SHELL gamechanger
Acceptance into the Shell GameChanger program with access to coaching and additional funding opportunities
- THRIVE top 50 fast-track
Receive automatic nomination for THRIVE’s TOP 50 AgTech & FoodTech Listings
- Market validation
Potential pilot opportunities with Shell
Gain brand recognition through THRIVE media and brand exposure across various channels
- Award-winning THRIVE accelerator
Selected applicants will secure placement in THRIVE’s Accelerator Program in 2024
- Mentorship & coaching
Access THRIVE’s extensive ecosystem of industry experts & receive focused startup coaching
- THRIVE ecosystem
Be shortlisted for future partnership opportunities with THRIVE’s network
The Climate-Smart Agriculture Challenge is open to start-ups and scale-ups located around the world
- 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