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Compute for Climate Fellowship Announces Inaugural Winners and Opens Applications for 2024

The International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), a Ljubljana, Slovenia-based organization under the auspices of UNESCO, and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced the first cohort of startups selected to join the Compute for Climate Fellowship, a global program supporting entrepreneurs applying advanced cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to create new solutions that address the climate crisis.

The four startups selected to receive a fully-funded proof-of-concept (POC) are:

  • Coastal Carbon, an AI-driven measurement platform that builds models using satellite imagery to track and measure underwater vegetation growth and carbon sequestration. The Compute for Climate-funded POC will train satellite-agnostic foundation models of earth and sea that can identify and quantify ocean blue carbon. This will help increase transparency and trust in ocean carbon removal, facilitating up to 1,000 times increase in ocean monitoring and data collection capacity, which was previously done manually by divers.
  • Phytoform Labs, which uses biotechnology, AI, and agriculture to develop novel crop genetics that create more climate resilient plants. Phytoform’s Compute for Climate-funded POC will enhance accuracy of its plant genetics insights platform to evolve new crop characteristics that will make plants more climate resilient.
  • Realta Fusion, which is developing compact magnetic mirror fusion energy systems to decarbonize industrial heat and power. Realta’s Compute for Climate-funded POC will develop a plasma stability simulation in the cloud, helping to democratize access for the whole fusion industry.
  • Xatoms, a water treatment startup using AI and quantum computing to discover molecules that can purify polluted water. Xatom’s Compute for Climate-funded POC will develop a new AI algorithm capable of analyzing a large amount of chemical data, followed by simulations of novel molecules that can purify water.

Applications for the 2024 POC builds are now open. Climate tech startups, entrepreneurs, and researchers from around the world can submit ideas that use advanced computing technologies to address climate change mitigation or adaptation. This year, the program is expanding the scope of proposals to cover the following key areas:

  1. Clean Energy
  2. Low-Carbon Transportation
  3. Sustainable Agriculture and Food
  4. Circular Economy / Manufacturing / Industry
  5. Sustainable Buildings
  6. Greenhouse Gas accounting and sustainability management
  7. Carbon removal
  8. Environment (water, pollution, biodiversity) and climate risk

The program will offer funding, technical resources, mentorship, and access to AWS technologies and IRCAI research capacity to help turn innovative ideas into reality.

This year, AWS will fund up to $1.5 million in total AWS credits to fund the selected POCs for the Compute for Climate Fellowship.

Submissions received by June 7, 2024, will be considered for building this year. The selection process will prioritize projects that can be completed in 2-3 months, think big, and offer potential for significant environmental benefits, scalability, and alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Startups that apply but are not selected to join the program will have access to up to $5,000 in AWS credits through the AWS Activate program, as well as free workshops and training on how to use AWS Advanced Compute services to build their solutions. They will also be invited to join the IRCAI Industrial Club.

For more information on the fellowship, application guidelines, and success stories from the inaugural winners, visit