Today, Syngenta Group announced the introduction of “Shoots by Syngenta,” a worldwide platform aimed to assist in the resolution of agriculture’s most difficult issues, the promotion of innovation, and the advancement of more sustainable agriculture. Beginning with science-based innovation challenges, the platform will connect scientific discovery and creativity by bringing together academia, research institutes, startups, and cross-industry sectors to cooperate with Syngenta’s worldwide network of more than 5,000 scientists.
In addition to a startup accelerator, “Shoots by Syngenta” will provide a supportive environment for early-stage firms exploring breakthrough agricultural technology. Startup cohorts will undergo a programme that provides them with mentors, resources, and cash to boost their development and influence.
Throughout the past seven decades, agricultural innovation has made it feasible to feed five billion additional people on almost the same amount of land. Yet by 2050, more than two billion additional people consuming fifty per cent more food would necessitate a quicker innovation route for practical and scalable technology. Innovation via cooperation plays an increasingly vital role in delivering these solutions to farmers confronting escalating risks from pests, diseases, and harsh weather.
“Helping producers sustainably feed a rapidly expanding human population demands a strong focus on collaboration, not only across agriculture but across sectors,” said Guohui Wu, global head of seeds research. The partnership is fundamental to how our scientists approach innovation on a daily basis. It is ingrained in our scientific culture, and we consistently seek out new technologies, ideas, and partners to help us serve farmers more effectively.”
“Shoots by Syngenta” will highlight unique innovation requirements throughout the Crop Protection and Seeds divisions of Syngenta. On the website, science-based innovation challenges will be provided, allowing anybody with a scientific interest to submit concepts in response to the challenges or for additional priority areas. Proposals are swiftly examined, and if there is a mutual match, they are advanced to a cooperative partnership to further research or technology that may be licenced in the future.
Camilla Corsi, global head of research for Syngenta Crop Protection, says, “We believe that science contains the answer to the difficulties we face, therefore we’re open to sharing and letting others benefit from our world-leading results and experiences.” “Shoots by Syngenta provides access to genuine, validated data and insights, which may inform and expedite future scientific advances.”
In addition, the startup accelerator will offer early-stage companies the chance to pilot their technology at Syngenta’s Farm of the Future and select grower farms around the world, as well as mentorship and access to industry experts, as well as the chance to present and test ideas with relevant business leaders and investors. Participants will get personalised one-on-one coaching from Syngenta business executives based on the individual needs of each team.
Syngenta Group’s Chief Information and Digital Officer Feroz Sheikh stated, “Our objective is to establish an ecosystem that encourages innovation and cooperation in the agriculture business, generating a more sustainable and efficient future for farmers, consumers, and the planet.” We think the most promising solutions to global food security, sustainability, and productivity will result from bringing together growers and industry professionals with creative and technology-driven startups.
This week, leaders from Syngenta Group will attend the Global Agri-Tech Innovation Summit and the IUPAC International Congress of Crop Protection Chemistry in order to meet with other innovators and offer additional information about “Shoots by Syngenta.”