Innovation

Investing in start-ups

Investing in start-ups

YaraGerminate is our investment fund to support innovation in start-ups and early ventures. We are interested in young and innovative companies that share Yara's vision and aspirations.

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Our Purpose

We clearly recognize the need to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to solve global food and climate problems. We also realize that innovation cannot happen in isolation and we actively work and collaborate with thousands of research and sustainable development partners. 

YaraGerminate is our commitment to foster and accelerate ideas and innovation that address the needs of a changing world. 

We could be looking for you!

We are on the look-out for early-stage ventures with brilliant ideas that will help us sustain our competitive edge and maintain our position as industry frontrunner. We are committed to delivering on our mission and are keen to partner with start-ups in the following areas:

food value chain integration

Food value chain integration

We are especially interested in the trend of backward integration in the food value chain, driven by demand for reliable, high-quality products with proven carbon footprint and free from contaminations.

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Automation and digitalization

Automation and digitalization has transformed sector after sector, and agriculture is no different. We want to offer farmers new digital solutions and improve the way they operate.

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Climate change

Climate change is a major trend impacting all aspects of civil and business life across the globe. We are keen to hear about new technologies and business models that will help us reduce our carbon footprint.

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Production and distribution technology

Most nitrogen plants are based on conventional Haber/Bosch technology and fossil fuel stock. With advances in production technology and access to energy, this picture can change drastically.

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Circular economy

We are actively engaged and researching opportunities for how we as a company can contribute to and benefit from a more circular economy. We welcome the concept of circular economy and the development of the European Union’s circular economy package.

Our investment criteria

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Our investment criteria

Our priorities are direct minority investments in start-ups with:

  • A well-defined and scalable business model
  • A clear growth strategy
  • A highly motivated, competent and focused management team with a burning desire to build global success
  • Strong backing from other investors or partners
  • A self-sufficient set-up that provides flexibility for exit or integration when desired

Yara’s core capabilities are a good basis for future collaboration. Our interest lies in investments where value creation for the start-up can be achieved by leveraging our strengths. We target both local and global start-ups, with clear potential for global scalability.

Want to get support from YaraGerminate?

Do you think you meet the investment criteria mentioned above? Do you have a bold, innovative start-up? Do you want to develop sustainable solutions to solve global food and climate problems together with Yara?

If the answer is yes to all three questions, please share your investment case and proposal with us.

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