Remote Measurement of Carbon in Soil

Company Background 
Syngenta Ventures is the corporate venture capital team of Syngenta, a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security.  Syngenta Ventures mission is to help grow companies that support Syngenta’s vision of producing more crops from fewer resources.  Created in 2009, Syngenta Ventures was one of the first venture capital teams dedicated to agriculture. With an experienced team of investment professionals possessing more than 45 collective years of VC experience, Syngenta Ventures has established itself as one of the most active and knowledgeable agricultural investors. We have a diverse, global portfolio of companies that share the common theme of helping growers to be more profitable and positively impacting the future of agriculture.  Syngenta Ventures is stage agnostic, from investing in seed rounds to larger growth equity rounds.

Open Innovation Challenge
Carbon sensing & measurement technology for soils

This challenge asks the question “How can we remotely measure this carbon capture to remove the human element and begin to create and further streamline this value chain?”

Reason for Seeking External Innovation Partnership
With sustainability and conservation agriculture coming more and more to the forefront in farming practices a new value chain is being created.  Systems for rewarding farmers and growers to engage in practices to capture carbon in soils are being created, though, measuring and verifying those practices are still a challenge and pain point.  Currently, it often involves human interaction – someone going to the fields where sustainable practices have been employed and verifying that those practices actually took place and estimating the carbon captured. 

Scope of Solution Space
Idea or proof of concept in carbon sensing/measurement space

Innovation Solutions Not of Interest
Confidential information

Proposal Response Date Deadline
August 28, 2020

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Contact Information
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Syngenta is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland. 28,000 employees in 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown and protected.

We accelerate our innovation and invest to advance a more sustainable agriculture which is good for nature, farmers and society.

Our work helps farmers to face the challenges of today’s changing world. Farmers must adapt to the effects of climate change, improve the soil and enhance biodiversity, and respond to society’s views on food and agricultural technology. And we are transparent about what we’re doing and the impact it is making.