Think of us as your customer or development partner. This challenge is open for startups, universities, institutes and research teams. For the project, we expect you to adapt your existing solution to the agricultural industry and BASF’s requirements or co-develop a product with BASF. By the end of the project, we expect to have a prototype of how a “smart ecosystem” could look, ready for further evaluation and adaptation. We are ready to help you fine tune your solution to get it there. Considering the diversity of BASF’s operations, your solution should allow for a certain degree of customization in order to facilitate broad deployment, such as a multilingual interface.
Details of the Technology Call
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. In our Agricultural Solutions business, we work together with farmers to increase crop yields and quality, protect their health, and be good stewards of the land and soil, offering crop protection products and seed solutions to meet their challenges.
These products are currently delivered mostly in containers made of plastic, which, due to the nature of their content, must be disposed of in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. Disposal needs to consider both the handling of the packaging material itself and also any product residue inside. This effort is handled on a case-by-case basis, with different approaches in different countries and by different farmers, creating additional workload for busy farmers and also meaning that optimum solutions to minimize and manage waste are not being used.
We are now looking for a startup that can help us to develop solutions for plastic waste in agriculture.
Imagine if every day, growers who use BASF agriculture solutions could easily dispose of their used plastic bottles and packaging in an environmentally-safe way. Imagine, if this disposed packaging could even be easily collected and recycled. What if we could use technology to design a “smart ecosystem”, which ensures plastic waste from agrochemicals can be reduced?
The core of your solution should be analytics-based capability to match-make different ecosystem participants’ needs.
The following questions and requirements need to be addressed:
- What parties will be involved and what value capture will they have in the smart ecosystem?
- What relevant data and insights might be generated in order to be relayed to other initiatives such as ChemCycling or the Alliance to End Plastic Waste?