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Pears Challenge VI

Validate your fintech startup idea focused on financial inclusion and economic opportunity throughout East Africa

PC Alumni Ventures

The last five cohorts of the Pears Challenge have created over a dozen new companies that have worked with a wide range of international organizations, foundations, and local NGOs.


Pears Challenge ventures have raised over 20 million dollars in seed financing and contracts and piloted technologies in markets across three continents affecting the lives of individuals and communities in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Nigeria, Dominican Republique, Fiji, India and beyond.

Pears Program Timeline

Highlights of the Pears Program’s impact on the field of DevTech in Israel and abroad

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The Pears Foundation funds research at Tel Aviv University to answer the question: How can Israel increase its contribution to the developing world?

The Innovation for International Development program is launched at Tel Aviv University.

The Innovation for International Development program is
rebranded as the Pears Program for Global Innovation.

The Pears Program hosts the Executive Director of the World Food Program.

The Pears Program co-organizes ID2 and IsraelDev is born.

Grand Challenges Israel is launched under the Israeli Innovation Authority.

The Pears Challenge Venture Builder is launched to develop new Israeli technology start-ups addressing development needs.

The Pears Program holds a 4-location, bilateral India-Israel MED4DEV hackathon with 1,000 registrants in Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad and 50 sponsoring organizations from both countries.

The Pears Program hosts the President of the World Bank Jim Kim in a meeting with Israeli DevTech startups. This is his only non-governmental meeting in his two-day visit to Israel.

The Pears Program organizes the India-Israel Global Innovation Bridge in collaboration with the Innovation Authority.

The Pears Program works closely with the Prime Minister’s Office as part of a standing Inter-ministerial Committee on International Development.

Launch of the IsraAID-Pears Program Pilot Fund and the Innovation Journey to Ethiopia.

The Pears Program, InnoHub Ghana and Israeli Embassy in Ghana host AgriTechAccel.

Program continues...

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Pears Challenge V 2022

Resilient & Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems in Ghana

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Pears Challenge IV 2019 

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Humanitarian Settings


Pears Challenge III 2017 

Affordable Healthcare in India

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Pears Challenge II 2015 

Smallholder Farmer Value Chains in Kenya

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Pears Challenge I 2014

Accelerating Development Technology Startups


Innovation for Global Impact

The Pears Challenge enables experienced Israeli entrepreneurs to create successful impact tech ventures that meet critical needs in developing countries. 

Graduating ventures have developed technologies that are impacting thousands of people worldwide and have raised over 20 million dollars in seed financing and contracts since the program launched in 2014.

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The Pears Challenge is generously supported by the Pears Foundation.

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Better Data for Greater Impact 

Rural Senses has developed a solution using AI and empowering local data collectors to help development and humanitarian practitioners take data-driven decisions based on what communities really care about.

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Bio pesticides made from African flora making a beneficial impact on the environment and local economic development.

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FinTech platform providing monitoring and carbon monetizing services for growers and food industries, integrating remote-sensing technologies and agro-forestry algorithms

Marketplace for plumbers and water maintenance for rural communities. 


Cellular-based marketplace for agricultural products of smallholder farmers.


Comprehensive solution to prevent post-harvest loss among smallholder farmers.

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Low-cost, off-grid, modular system that enables urban households without access to affordable vegetables to meet their dietary needs.

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International trading platform making cold chain transport affordable.

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Design and R&D company specializing in solutions for people with disabilities.

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Mobile platform that saves lives by delivering powerful behavioral Interventions for TB patients.


Handheld device that performs affordable blood tests wherever they are needed.


Hygiene Micro-Station for Better Access and Compliance to Handwashing.

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AI solution and empowering local data collectors to help development and humanitarian practitioners take data-driven decisions.


AI-based matching of vetted solutions to critical humanitarian needs in real time.


A smart waterless sanitation system to be implemented off-grid anywhere.

Looking forward to the Pears Challenge VI ventures...

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 Want to be involved in Pears Challenge VI?

Break into the booming “Silicon Savanna” and validate your bold venture idea to drive financial inclusion in Tanzania and Kenya

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