Wanted: Innovative startups for IMPACT 2025 - Top Sector T&U Innovation Prize 2021

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In 2021, the Top Sector T&U Innovation Prize 2021 will be awarded for the 3th time. In this edition the jury has chosen international and groundbreaking innovations that contribute to the realization of a sustainable horticulture: CROSS-BORDER INNOVATION.

Cross-border innovation in horticulture


The Dutch horticulture sector has a number of challenges for the future. For the sector, the following topics are crucial:

  • Taking a route to circular agriculture
  • Moving toward climate-neutral horticulture
  • Improving the health and safety of our food
  • Working toward sustainable water use

In all these topics, key technologies such as AI, robotization, hydrogen technology, ICT etc., play an important role. These technologies are helping us now and in the future to advance on all fronts: scientific, economic and social. For example, by enabling solutions to issues related to climate, health, production, cultivation and mobility.

It is important to note that innovations for the horticultural sector do not only originate from the 'traditional' innovation ecosystem, but that groundbreaking innovations for the horticultural sector can also come from other sectors.

In this edition of the Innovation Prize Top Sector T&U is therefore specifically challenging entrants from other sectors who can 'deploy' their innovations for the Dutch horticultural sector. In short: Cross-border Innovation!


Submissions for the Innovation Prize must be received 15 August 2021 via the application form on the website of the Top Sector Horticulture & Starting Materials innovation and valorization program impact2025.nl. Here you will also find all further information. Based on the entries, the jury will nominate a top ten. The top ten pitch their idea to the jury (online) on the basis of which a winner is chosen.