Advancing solutions that accelerate the drawdown of 1 trillion tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide into agricultural soils

Many of the world’s largest industries have transformed and unlocked new value through digital systems innovation, and now’s the time for agriculture to do the same. The Terraton Challenge rallies innovators to develop solutions that advance The Terraton Initiative, the global effort to remove 1 trillion tons – or a teraton – of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to enrich agricultural soils. Fueling the Initiative with technological innovation and competition, The Terraton Challenge seeks to focus global innovators on agriculture as a climate solution.

In its inaugural year, The Terraton Challenge focuses on three critical areas: technologies that accelerate soil carbon sequestration, methods to quantify soil carbon, and innovative financial offerings that reward growers for capturing and maintaining soil carbon.

Semifinalist Cohort Selection

Out of more than 260 applicants representing 44 countries, 36 semifinalists have been selected by our panel of judges. Learn more about a sampling of the innovators moving into the incubation phase below.

What features stood out to judges when selecting semifinalists?

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 semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be announced in late October.

INCUBATION NOV. 2019 - JAN. 2020
Current Phase

Semi-finalists 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 semi-finalists 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 semi-finalists will continue to refine their solutions and prep for the final contract stage.

DEMONSTRATION JUN. 2020

All semi-finalists 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 in contracts, all while maintaining business independence and IP rights to their solution.

The Challenge: by the numbers

EditedIcon-1 36 SEMIFINALISTS CHOSEN
Verification 4_Red 266 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
globe-512 44 COUNTRIES APPLIED FROM
cash_prize UP TO $ 3500 CASH PRIZES AVAILABLE FOR SUBMITTING AN IDEA
GRANT TRACK UP TO $ 60000 IN TOTAL GRANT PRIZES ($20K PER TRACK)
Contract_prizes UP TO $ 3000000 IN TOTAL CONTRACT PRIZES

Our partners

Indigo Ag is a proud sponsor of The Terraton Challenge. Thank you to our partners for their support in this global effort.

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