ENTRIES NOW CLOSED: AgTech Start-Ups Invited to Submit Solutions in Biological Inputs and Seed Technologies for Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture.

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit has partnered with Syngenta to host a start-up Innovation Challenge, to spotlight new talent across the industry, uncover exciting solutions and create opportunities for collaboration and growth with early to mid-stage start-ups.

Entries closed August 13.

Commenting on the challenge, Jacqui Campbell, Syngenta Crop Protection’s Global Head of Technology & Operations Biologicals said: “Collaboration with start-ups is important in helping us deliver an innovative pipeline for growers.”

Abigail Ryder, Programme Director at Rethink Events said: “It’s our pleasure to be working with Syngenta, a world-class agriculture company, to seek out exciting talent from around the globe. It’s our mission to stimulate new solutions and partnerships that tackle the core issues facing agri-food production, and provide a powerful platform for start-ups to be seen by our audience of global corporates and investors, to bring their important solutions to market faster.”

THE INNOVATION CHALLENGE: Biological Inputs and Seed Technologies for Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture

Supporting a commitment to sustainable and regenerative agriculture, the challenge is seeking start-ups with new biological input technologies and seeds technologies that achieve one or more of the following:

  • Deliver plant and soil health benefits
  • Control pests, diseases or weeds
  • Improve nitrogen and water use efficiencies
  • Increase soil carbon
  • Restore and enhance biodiversity
  • Overall improve the productivity of farmlands for people and the planet.

CHALLENGE FINAL: After an in-depth shortlisting process, selected finalists will present their solutions live on screen to a global audience, and the winner will be revealed during the live-streamed World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 28-29, 2021.

The winning start-up will enjoy benefits including coaching sessions with senior Syngenta leaders, innovation and technology guidance and support, and visibility through media and communications. All finalists will be invited as guests to the two-day World Agri-Tech summit in September.


On Tuesday, July 27, shortly before the closing deadline, Jacqui Campbell will be joined by Stuart Harrison, Head of Seeds R&D Partnerships and Open Innovation to speak in a live webinar with World Agri-Tech and discuss the drivers behind the Innovation Challenge. The interactive format will encourage audience questions, ideal for those planning to enter before the deadline on August 13.

The July 27 webinar is free and all industry colleagues are welcome to join – sign up now at: www.worldagritechinnovation.com/syngenta-innovation-challenge