Winners identified from 237 start-ups advancing natural & biological solutions

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, March 19, 2024 / — UPL Corporation Ltd. (UPL Corp), a global provider of holistic and sustainable agricultural solutions, and Radicle Growth, a company-building platform investing in early-stage agriculture and food technologies, are delighted to announce SOLASTA Bio as the winner of ‘the Radicle Natural Plant Protection (NPP) Challenge by UPL’, securing a $1M investment, with the runner-up Impetus Ag, receiving a $750,000 investment. The Challenge sought to identify entrepreneurs advancing natural and biological solutions and saw applications from 237 start-ups.

Impetus Ag, an Ag-tech company developing biological insect control solutions with the effectiveness of legacy chemical methods, was selected as the 2nd-place winner for creating novel proteins that bind naturally occurring toxins to targeted pests. Dr. Martha Schlicher, CEO of Impetus Ag said: “Winning The Radicle NPP Challenge by UPL is a game changer for Impetus Ag! Investment in parallel with product development resources, expertise, and access to global networks will ensure our products meet industry gold standards and will go a long way in authenticating our pest solutions with grower supply chains critical for product adoption.” READ MORE