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Source: Nutrien news release

Nutrien announced today details of an industry-first Inclusion Challenge aimed at bringing investment and awareness to groups that have historically been underrepresented in agriculture, including, Women and BIPOC entrepreneurs face when attaining early-stage capital.

Hosted in partnership with Radicle Growth, a company-building platform for early-stage agriculture and food technologies, the effort will focus on catalyzing actions within the agri-tech sector to increase the level of support provided to these historically underrepresented groups.

The Radicle Inclusion Challenge Presented by Nutrien will award two organizations committed to advancing women or BIPOC in the agriculture startup space with a US $250,000 investment. Winners will represent the two best agri-tech ideas or companies, as selected by a panel of industry experts and Nutrien leaders at a one-day pitch event this fall.

Along with a monetary investment and mentoring opportunities from Nutrien experts, winning organizations will gain access to Radicle's unique platform which provides operational services and other strategic partnerships valuable for entrepreneurs looking to take their ideas to the next level.

Candace Laing, Vice President, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, said, "The purpose of this challenge is to provide equality of opportunity to those startups in the agri-tech sector that have been previously underrepresented, resulting in difficulty attracting the capital, mentorship and resources they need to be successful.

"This is a clear demonstration of Nutrien's commitment to increase participation of historically underrepresented groups in agriculture. Our hope is that we can start a movement that shines light on the important work that has previously gone unsupported."

Kirk Haney, Managing Partner with Radicle Growth, said, "We're excited about this first-of-its-kind initiative in the agri-tech industry and are pleased that Nutrien stepped-up to lead it alongside us. Radicle Growth has seen first-hand the challenges faced by female and BIPOC entrepreneurs, and we hope this effort will play a role in levelling the playing field, offering opportunities many of these organizations otherwise may not have had."

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