The 2022 Tesco Agri T-Jam start-up pitch competition in partnership with the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit is welcoming entries from agtech innovators with solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability.

Entries are invited from now until June 26, with at least one start-up selected by Tesco, for fast-track introductions and mentoring to its supplier network and a potential to trial the solution.

Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture at Tesco says: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the World Agri Tech Innovation Summit for our fifth year of the Tesco Agri T-Jam. We are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting technologies to boost sustainability and efficiency across our supply chain, and ensure Tesco customers continue to benefit from nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food.”

Tesco is looking for technologies that address the following priority areas:

  • Reducing GHG Emissions
  • Improving Soil Health & Resilience
  • Monitoring & Supporting Biodiversity
  • Water Quality & Water Use
  • IPM, Crop Health and Reducing Pesticides
  • Reducing Agricultural Waste and Agri Plastics
  • Reducing Crop Losses and Food Waste
  • Animal feed Alternatives
  • Improve Animal Health & Welfare
  • Indoor & Vertical Farming
  • Data Analysis & Predictive farming
  • Robotics, Automation & Sensor Technology

Following an application and selection process, ten companies will be invited to present their technologies to the Tesco panel and a selected audience of investors and agribusinesses at the Tesco Agri T-Jam and World Agri-Tech Pitch Day in London on September 19, ahead of the two day event.

In what could be a game-changer for their business, a winner will be selected by the panel to be fast-tracked by Tesco to a potential trial with a relevant supply chain partner, also benefitting from direct feedback and mentoring by the Tesco Agricultural team.

The winner will also have the opportunity to present on stage at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit taking place September 20-21, with its audience of over 900 international agribusiness leaders. All finalists will be invited to attend the two-day summit to maximise their visibility and networking and benefit from feedback on their technology from the senior executive audience.

Abigail Ryder, Programme Director for the World Agri-Tech Innovation Series, says “The Tesco Agri T-Jam gives up-and-coming innovators a powerful opportunity to be seen by this high-profile retailer’s supply chain partners, as well as our global summit audience, and to make strategic connections that could significantly scale their operations. We’re excited to go into our 5th year of partnership with Tesco, and look forward to hearing from a diverse range of global innovators when the industry meets in person this September!”

Entries close Friday June 26. Full details, entry form and criteria at www.worldagritechinnovation.com/tesco-2022

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