THRIVE Shell Climate-Smart Agriculture Challenge

Date/Deadline: 11 Dec, 2022

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.


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


Winners will be selected to receive

FUNDING – 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
PUBLICITY – 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

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