Climate change is demanding urgent action. We need deep and meaningful collaboration. The Techstars Sustainability Supply Chain Challenge brings together founders and industry leaders in sustainability. In this equity-free challenge, we will connect the most promising startups and innovators with our industry-leading corporate partners to build out real-world solutions.

Join the Techstars network on April 15 to share learnings and further the collaboration needed to scale solutions at the first-ever Techstars Sustainability Summit.
Calling Startups Ready to Tackle the Planet's Toughest Problems
Key Dates
Nov 16, 2020
Applications Open
March 1, 2021
Applications Close
April 1, 2021
POC Working Session
April 15, 2021
About the Challenge
The Challenge: More Sustainable Supply Chains
Tracking sustainable sourcing across supply chains remains a massive obstacle. How do manufacturers get insights into the operations of external suppliers—and ultimately improve their behaviors? This lack of visibility carries with it both huge environmental impacts and real business risks. We can— and must—do better. And we're looking for new solutions and technologies in two specific areas:
How can organizations measure, trace, and track the impact of their supply chain footprint? Solutions we're looking for could be through automation, internal data collection, or more accurate inferences of external data sources.
How can companies reduce the impact of a product's footprint through new materials innovations, either natural or synthetic? Solutions we're looking for could be in limiting the extractive process to obtain the materials or in improving the end-of-life impact of a product.
Data & Automation
Materials & End-of-life Impact
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of sustainability experts from Techstars and Challenge Partners. They will be judged on three criteria: 1. Problem-solution fit. 2. Scale of the solution's potential impact. 3. The ability to implement a proof-of-concept with an enterprise organization.


Selection Criteria
A Challenge Worth Tackling
This is a serious challenge with serious benefits. Finalists will receive the following:
Each finalist will be paired with world-class supply chain and sustainability mentors from our global participating partner network. These mentors will work with you, providing feedback on and helping you hone your solution to market.
Mentorship
Each finalist will receive formal introductions to relevant corporate business units. This includes a private workshop on April 1, 2021, where you will showcase your solution and identify opportunities for advancing it.
Real Connections
Each finalist will also be invited to pitch the extended Techstars sustainability network at the Techstars Sustainability Summit on April 15, 2021. This exclusive event includes corporate, investment, and government, leaders.
Exclusive Access
The goal is actionable impact. All finalists will be selected with the goal of implementing a proof-of-concept with one or more of our Techstars Sustainability Challenge partners.
Actionable Impact
"A massive challenge in sustainability today is improving operations of the global economy's complex supply chains. We are putting out the call to entrepreneurs, tech startups, researchers, NGOs and corporate innovators to help us find and scale solutions to one of the world's most urgent sustainability problems."
Cody Simms
SVP of Investments and leader of Techstars' global sustainability programs
Partners