Finland's eniferBio won last year's T-Jam event.

Innovative startups that promote sustainability can now make initial pitches for Tesco Agri T-Jam

Produce Business report

Agtech startups that utilise environmentally friendly practises are being asked to submit applications to showcase those efforts at this year’s Tesco Agri T-Jam competition.

The supermarket chain and Leading Edge Only are accepting entries until 30th June. The chosen finalists will be invited to a pitch day in September. The winner from that group will be announced during ceremonies at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London on September 26-27.

A victory could be a game-changer for any lucky business, as they will be given a chance at a potential trial with a supply chain partner while receiving guidance from the Tesco Sustainable Agriculture team. They’ll also position themselves in front of 900 international agribusiness leaders.

“We are on the lookout for innovators who can help us build long-term resilience within our supply base by addressing key sustainability challenges,” said Natalie Smith, Head of Sustainable Agriculture at Tesco. “This competition ties in closely with our core purpose of serving customers, communities and planet a little better every day. Our commitment to sustainability is core to our business so we’d encourage any agtech start-ups with a great idea or solution to get in touch and win the chance to partner with one of our long-term suppliers.”

Tesco says it is looking for technologies that address the following priority areas:

  • Reducing GHG emissions
  • Improving soil health & resilience
  • Supporting biodiversity
  • Improving water quality & water use
  • Improving crop health and reducing pesticides
  • Reducing crop losses and food waste
  • Improving animal health & welfare
  • Predictive farming

“The Tesco Agri T-Jam is a life-changing opportunity for agriculture technology startups to demonstrate their most innovative solutions in front of high-profile connections,” Scott Sharp, Founder and CEO of Leading Edge Only. “For applicants who want to stand out, we are looking to understand how their innovation is suitable for the brief, what solution it provides, and how it will impact Tesco and its suppliers.

A major goal of Tesco and its partners is achieving net zero status, and it is looking for companies that share that vision, as well as a desire to protect the environment, boost yield and use efficient technologies.

Those interested can find details and an entry form at



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