4Revs Innovation Challenge; A Global Call for Start-ups

Have you ever thought of solving humanity and earth’s problems through innovation? The current social and economic system is dysfunctional and deepens four essential survival challenges we face: food, water, resources, and climate change / energy. Clearing these four bottlenecks will require revolutionary innovation – and will provide a treasure trove of new opportunities.

4Revs is a unique co-creative ecosystem that aims to help humanity solve these four survival challenges in one generation – between 2020-2050. We have partnered with corporations, social ventures, sustainability practitioners and entrepreneurs, educators, public and civil organizations, and creative minds on all six continents to inspire and implement next-generation initiatives in each of the 4Revs.

We want to connect hundreds of incredible solutions around these 4 revolutions. That is why, we launched 4Revs Innovation Challenge, a global open innovation call to identify start-ups that are already creating a path for the revolutions humankind needs to survive. Apply now to connect with different partners around the world who, like you, are working to build revolutionary and sustainable proposals.


If your start-up is already in the market and contributes to at least one of the 4 Revolutions in an innovative way, do not hesitate to participate!

Do you have a company that improves access to water, works for the care of this resource and the ecosystems that guarantee its existence? Apply now!

Do you have a solution that uses circular economic and social systems to minimize waste and pollution of the Earth’s ecosystems? or Is your company working to avoid deterioration of ecosystems? If your answer is yes, you must not miss this opportunity!

Is your start-up working to contribute to minimize climate change? Is your start-up working to secure sufficient energy supply for a growing population without compromising human health or contributing to severe climate change? If your answer is yes, you should apply now to this call!

Is your start-up working to provide food, and reduce food waste, to support the population on Earth? Do you have a solution in the market on how to conduct agriculture sustainably to produce healthy food and protect both humans and our global ecosystems as a whole? If your answer is yes, you must not miss this opportunity!

You can be anywhere in the world, but make sure you meet these requirements:

  • The solution must be in the market.
  • The person responsible for the application process must be over 18 years old by July 6, 2021, and the owner of the solution.
  • The start-up must sell more than USD $50.000 per year on average.


50 finalists will receive:
Access to the 4Revs platform where their start-up will be presented as a case study for the 4Revs community to consult and have the possibility to contact them if they are interested in working with them in some way.

Access to this community and other cases, discussion groups, and the ability to contact the companies that are part of 4Revs (Salesforce, Tokyo Gas, Toshiba, Nec, Panasonic, Marubeni, Mizuho, Askul, Amita, Epson, Kao, Gakken, Kyocera, Sapporo, Suntory, JST, Daiken, Tel, Teijin, Toyota Tsusho, Nikken, Unisys, Brother, Marelli, Mauri Group, Meiji, Mitsubishi, Lion).

For the 8 winners:
– They will participate in a business round with the 4Revs companies, a space where each start-up will meet for 20 minutes with a delegate from each company to discuss business opportunities.

– They will also have an one-on-one work session with 3 investment funds: Village Capital, Yunus SB and NEsST to determine their investment readiness.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: 8th September 2021
  • Close of deepening stage: 6th October 2021
  • Close of final event: 28th October 2021

For more information about the call visit http://4revsinnovationchallenge.com/

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