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The Radicle Challenge

A proven way to gather market intelligence and drive global deal flow

Radicle Growth pioneered a concept called The Radicle Challenge to proactively seek out the best and brightest entrepreneurs solving a problem or looking to disrupt an existing business model in the ag and food industries. The Radicle Challenge is a pitch day competition where start-ups pitch to a panel of world-class judges with the best company receiving a material investment and access to Radicle’s ecosystem. Radicle Growth designs challenges around key investment themes such as stage of innovation.

This has proven to be incredibly valuable as evidenced by Radicle’s portfolio performance and the success of The Radicle Challenge. We’ve partnered with Syngenta, Nutrien, Corteva, Bayer, World Agri-Tech, OurCrowd, Start-Up Nation Central and others on these challenges in an effort to drive deal flow from around the world in technologies, categories or geographies that The Radicle Challenge partners have a significant need or interest.

To stay informed about when challenges open and finalist/winner announcements are made, subscribe to our mailing list.

Current Challenges

Applications closed. Challenge in process.

Finalists for the Radicle Protein Challenge by Syngenta were announced on October 13, 2020 and winners will be announced at the end of the virtual Pitch Day event on November 3, 2020. This event is open to the public. If you would like to register to attend, please visit:

Past Challenges


$250k Invested March 2020


Winner Announced: October 2019

Investment: $250k



Winners announced: October, 2019

Investment: $1m in the growth-stage winner and $250k in the early-stage winner



Winner Announced: March, 2019

Investment: $250k



Winner Announced: February, 2019

Investment: $250k


Winner Announced: April, 2019

Investment: $1.5m