The Radicle Natural Plant Protection (NPP) Challenge by UPL

UPL, a global provider of sustainable agriculture products and solutions, and Radicle Growth, a company-building platform investing in early-stage agriculture and food technologies, today announces the finalists of “The Radicle Natural Plant Protection (NPP) Challenge by UPL”. The Challenge sets out to invest US $1.75M in start-up companies from around the world that are advancing natural and biological solutions to protect crops from biotic stresses such as bacteria, fungi, nematodes, insects, arachnids, and weeds.

The Challenge saw applications from 237 agriculture start-ups representing over 55 countries. The finalists competing for the US$1.75M investment at the Pitch Day Event on March 18th include IBI-Ag, Impetus Agriculture, SOLASTA Bio, and Trillium Ag.

Each company will present to a panel of judges on March 18th. A US $1 million investment will be made in The Challenge winner and a US $750,000 investment in the second-place winner to accelerate their growth. In addition to the funding, the winners will get access to advice from both UPL and Radicle senior executives to help accelerate their company’s business and technical efforts.

The NPP Radicle Challenge marks the second competition led by UPL in collaboration with Radicle Growth, with a total of US $1.25M invested in two companies in the 2022 ‘UPRadicle Carbon & Soil Challenge’.

Read full press release here.

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Venue: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Date: March 18th, 2024

Time: 2pm PST

2:00 pm
Registration begins
2:30 pm
Opening remarks and welcome
MC to introduce the judges
3:00 pm
IBI Ag harnesses the power of antibodies to develop bioinsecticides that target pests with precision while minimizing environmental impact.
3:30 pm
Impetus Agriculture PITCH / Q&A
Impetus Agriculture is developing new biological inset control products with the effectiveness of legacy chemical methods of control.
4:00 pm
Networking Break
4:30 pm
SOLASTA Bio is a bioinsecticides company designing nature-inspired, selectively targeted peptide insect control procudures.
5:00 pm   
Trillium Ag PITCH / Q&A
Trillium Ag is developing a platform to unlock RNAi for precise, sustainable, and effective crop protection.
5:30 pm   
Cocktail Hour begins
Judges Deliberation
6:00 pm
Award Ceremony / Closing Remarks
Cocktail Hour continues
6:45 pm 
Cocktail Hour ends