ABOUT THE PEARS CHALLENGE
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.
The Pears Challenge is generously supported by the Pears Foundation.
During the selection process, we identify 25 exceptional entrepreneurs who have what it takes to conceptualize and launch successful impact tech ventures.
We look for open-minded, impact-oriented and experienced individuals who are at a stage in life where they want to tackle a new challenge and launch a new start-up.
Ideal candidates have experience designing innovative tech solutions in hardware, software, or biotech and/or come with a specific technical background as scientists, engineers, agronomists, developers, product designers, etc.
We seek equal gender representation and diversity in our cohorts and encourage applications from people of different ages, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.
Pears Challenge V 2022
Resilient & Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems in Ghana
Pears Challenge IV 2019
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Humanitarian Settings
Pears Challenge III 2017
Affordable Healthcare in India
Pears Challenge II 2015
Smallholder Farmer Value Chains in Kenya
Pears Challenge I 2014
Accelerating Development Technology Startups
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.
Looking forward to the Pears Challenge VI ventures...