We're looking for startups focused on these areas around net zero.
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At Techstars, our mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed—and one of the best ways we do it is through deep collaboration. This Challenge brings together entrepreneurs, science, technology, and business leaders to work toward the complex goal of Net Zero. There is a real gap between intention and progress, making it tough for innovators and entrepreneurs to succeed. Sessions will dive into barriers, misconceptions and kickstart the collaboration needed to get the solutions available today into the market faster. This equity-free challenge is specifically for startups focused on carbon accounting and measurement, quality carbon offsets, and industrial carbon reduction solutions.
Wanted: Serious collaboration for Net Zero
Key Dates
April 15, 2021
Applications Open
August 2, 2021
Applications Close
Sept 8, 2021
Pilot Workshop
Sept 15, 2021
Sustainability Summit
The Challenge:
Zero Emissions by 2050
Humanity is in a race against the clock to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and set a clear trajectory to zero emissions by 2050. In order to achieve Net Zero, we need science, technology, and business to work together on the mission to reduce emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere.

The Techstars Innovation Challenge: Net Zero brings together founders, industry leaders, and subject matter experts working to accelerate the path to Net Zero. This challenge will focus on technologies that are available today and forge meaningful collaborations to help speed solutions to the market.

Specifically, this Challenge focuses on:
You can't reduce what you can measure. Effective technologies are needed to measure and account for carbon. Combining carbon reduction and carbon removal is a balance and priority on the path to Net Zero, and these solutions help companies make progress on that pathway.
Tracking the ins and outs of offsets is complicated, quality is a serious challenge, and offsets are often assumed to be in great supply. Solutions will include verification technology and leading nature-based options.
Carbon Accounting and Measurement
Quality Carbon Offsets
Submissions will be chosen by the judged potential impact via a panel selection of carbon reduction and carbon removal experts representing challenge partners and Techstars leaders. The submissions will be judged based on (1) problem solution fit, (2) scale of the solutions potential impact, and (3) ability to implement a pilot with an enterprise organization.
Selection Criteria
Industrial Carbon Reduction Solutions
These scalable, engineered solutions are available today. We'll focus on solutions in the market and how corporate partners can drive growth and support scale.
A Challenge Focused on Startups
Startups expressing interest in this Challenge will be considered and reviewed by the Challenge Partners for alignment with potential pilot and business development areas for engagement. The most relevant and innovative startups will receive the following:

Get paired with mentors across our participating partner network (see below). Work with these mentors over several months to scale and implement your solution.

Formal Corporate BU Introductions
Pilot Workshop: Participate in a private workshop with our Challenge Partners on Sept 8, 2021. This is an opportunity to showcase your solution to our corporate partners and work with business units to identify opportunities to work together with the intention of identifying opportunities for pilot.

Techstars Sustainability Summit: A handful of startups will also be invited to pitch to the entire Techstars sustainability network including corporate leaders, investors, and others working in sustainable innovation on Sept 15, 2021.

*note: participation in the Pilot Workshop does not guarantee a Pilot
"The only sure path to stop climate change is to zero out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible."
Jonathan Foley
Executive Director, Project Drawdown
Apply to The Challenge
In this equity-free challenge, we are specifically looking for startups focused on carbon accounting and measurement, quality carbon offsets, and industrial carbon reduction solutions.
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