Accelerate the future of hemp
through unique innovations

Join the Hemp Innovation Challenge™


We accelerate the future of the hemp industry
by supporting entrepreneurs, researchers and students
who are launching the most disruptive
hemp innovations in the world.

Build The Future Of Hemp With Us

What is the Hemp Innovation Challenge?


The Hemp Innovation Challenge™ is a global competition designed to accelerate hemp innovation from entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and others working on the world’s most disruptive hemp innovations.

Submissions are arriving daily from all over North America and overseas. Prizes will be awarded for ideas connected to technology, software, and services driving growth and innovation into food, fuel, medicine, health, fiber, waste, and sustainable development as a few examples.

Submissions are open to universities, for-profits, non-profits, and early stage concepts or impact projects including those aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Finalists will be selected to participate in a judged fast-pitch contest to be held in the Theatre at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm PST. The Theatre is inside the International Agri-Center on World Ag Expo grounds located at 4500 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274.

In addition to cash prizes, winners will receive strategic feedback about their innovation, business model, and go-to-market strategy. Event highlights include networking with C-level executives, investors, and mentorship to support launching their innovations.

Enter the Hemp Innovation Challenge™
or Sponsor the competition today! 

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Why would you want to
sponsor this historic project?


Promote your brand to the worlds greatest agricultural names and our top hemp media partners.

Be identified as one who is on the cutting edge of hemp

Connect to leading minds in hemp to evaluate deals, M&A, grow value and more.

Be the first to know about innovations before anybody else does.

Access our innovation network from 13 countries and more are added daily.

Expand your reach to over half a million people both local and worldwide.

Link to quality AG incubators. Larta Institute’s Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN) alumni raised $1.7B

Be part of the greatest movement
in hemp, since hemp

Why Would You Want
To Submit Your Innovation?


​Global exposure of your innovation

Connection to top leaders in the hemp industry

Link to quality AG incubators and other funding

Relationship with other innovators all over the world

Winners receive cash prizes, 
strategic feedback about their innovation,
business model, and go-to-market strategy.

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Bright Minds Build A Bright Future

Visit Our Powerful Partners!


World Ag Expo is the largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition with over 1,450 exhibitors and an attendance of more than 100,000 each year. It is held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California, in the United States, starting on the second Tuesday of February.

More than a conference – NoCo Hemp Expo is an experience. With up to 20,000 attendees, 200,000 square feet of event space and 400 exhibitors, it’s at NoCo7 where we’ll come together to positively impact our future.

Oso Vega introduces the industry’s first ‘wet-harvested’ pretreatment for industrial hemp that improves the profitability for both growers and processors.

Biotech Institute develops groundbreaking, novel, and sustainable therapeutic products by optimizing the naturally occurring resources found within all living organisms. We achieve this through advanced plant breeding techniques, innovative agricultural technologies, and rigorous application of data analytics and research.

Ag Showcase provides an intimate venue  for industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs to form relationships and engage in substantive  discussions that will  enable  innovative solutions coming to market for consumer, social, commercial, and environmental benefit.  

HIA is a non-profit trade association representing more than 1,500 supporting, farming and business members. The hemp industries are emerging to become a major global economic force as a result of new applications and opportunities.

Farmtiva is a full service agricultural hemp company providing CDFA approved CBD hemp seeds, and cultivation consulting to the California and US farm industry. FarmTiva is led by hemp pioneer and 25+ hemp industry veteran Chris Boucher.

HGI focusses on developing industrial hemp genetics for grain production. We supply farmers and processors with regionally adapted hemp grain varieties to help reduce production risk and to help grow this exciting new industry.

United States Hemp Growers Association (USHGA) is a national nonprofit organization that educates hemp growers on the best agricultural practices for planting this crop, provides an information-sharing network and receives research from academia and other experts. 

360 Branded is one of Southern California’s largest providers of visual marketing solutions and point-of-sale branding. They specialize in on-location brand awareness for Automotive Dealers, Trade Shows, and Events, as well as Corporate and Retail environments. 

Hemp Industry Daily brings all of the latest B2B industry news, trends and stories that are critical to the development and commercial applications of hemp in the United States and abroad. 

Farm Journal is a group of dedicated and ambitious individuals serving important food-producing markets. The Farm family includes editors, digital and data experts, marketers, sales professionals and production managers who love agriculture and the American farmer, rancher and produce grower.

Hemp Road Trip's mission is to increase awareness on industrial hemp through a global grassroots campaign. Showcasing the benefits of the plant for its multipurpose use; health, energy, manufacturing, planet.

CropTalk is a podcast dedicated to helping today’s agricultural business leaders
find the foundational values that lead to success. 

We partner with Larta Institute


Larta Institute gives innovative technology and science-based entrepreneurs the tools they need to feed, fuel and heal the world.

Larta Institute is an internationally recognized and mission-driven innovation accelerator that provides a runway of success for world-changing ideas in technology, healthcare, agriculture and energy. Larta Institute has helped more than 10,000 companies transform ideas into commercialized innovations that feed, fuel and heal the world. With a global network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, industry leaders, research institutions, government agencies and support organizations, Larta conducts commercialization assistance programs throughout the U.S. and in more than 20 countries.

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