THE 2022 PEARS CHALLENGE

The Pears Challenge

Explore ways to sustainably feed the world’s rapidly growing 

population and use your expertise as an entrepreneur to develop 

an AgriTech start-up in Ghana.

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 16 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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The Program

1. Selection

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. 

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Past Challenges

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Pears Challenge IV 2019 

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Humanitarian Settings

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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

PC Alumni Ventures

The last four 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 16 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.

Our ventures have secured funding from
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Our ventures have partnered with
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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.

Marketplace for plumbers and water maintenance for rural communities. 

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Cellular-based marketplace for agricultural products of smallholder farmers.

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

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Agricultural cooperative management in emerging markets through enterprise management software. 

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Intelligent algorithm that gathered, analyzed, and linked geographic content, local infrastructure, and financial data for comprehensive solar project assessment.

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Data collection and management platform to optimize off-grid technologies in developing countries.

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System for sterilizing mosquitoes, which are one of the greatest transmitters of disease in the world.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

Looking forward to the Pears Challenge 2022 ventures...

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 Want to be involved in Pears Challenge 2023?

Get in touch to learn more about the program and connect with the team.

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