Increasing the speed at which carbon dioxide is sequestered in cropland soils

Since the dawn of agriculture, significant amounts of soil carbon have been released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Preserving our climate means finding solutions that accelerate the rate at which we can recapture this carbon in agricultural soils. 

 Accelerate Track Semifinalists

These applicants submitted solutions including novel products, processes, or services that accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide is sequestered and maintained in cropland soils, and complement existing practices a grower uses in their operation.

Accelerate solutions are being evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Rate at which carbon is sequestered in soils by integrating technology or practice
  • Cost and complexity of solution
  • Applicability in a wide range of cropland soils types and geographies
  • Clear path to a positive return on investment for growers

How The Terraton Challenge works

APPLICATION JUL. 23 - OCT. 1, 2019

During this 10-week application period, applicants submitted their proposal for their category of interest.

COHORT SELECTION OCT. 1 - LATE OCT.

Over the course of three weeks, a panel of judges including thought leaders, academics & entrepreneurs will review applications. A select number of round 1 applicants will be invited to the next round as semifinalists. Semifinalists will be alerted in late October.

INCUBATION NOV. 2019 - JAN. 2020
Current Phase

Semifinalists moving forward will be eligible for up to $60k in grants and $3M in contracts. They will join a virtual incubation cohort with access to mentors, review panels, expert speakers & real-world experimentation.

EXPERIMENTATION & REFINEMENT FEB. - OCT. 2020

During this time all semifinalists will work with Indigo staff and mentors to pilot their solutions on research acres and prepare for live demos at the Beneficial Ag 2020 Conference. Post-Beneficial Ag 2020, all semifinalists will continue to refine their solutions and prep for the final contract stage.

DEMONSTRATION JUN. 2020

All semifinalists will demo at Beneficial Ag 2020, an important multi-thousand attendee event that convenes stakeholders from across the supply chain to reimagine ag for people & planet. The winner in each category will receive a $20k grant to accelerate their work.

AWARD OCT. 2020

Select finalists with scalable solutions will be eligible for up to $3M contracts by Indigo, all while maintaining business independence and IP rights to their solution.

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