Tesco Agri T-Jam 2021 Entries Now Open, Connecting Agri-Tech Innovators with the Leading UK Retailer’s Supply Chain

The Tesco Agri T-Jam start-up pitch competition in partnership with the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit is now welcoming entries from agri-tech innovators with solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability across its fresh produce, arable, meat, fish and dairy categories.

The competition offers seed and early-stage agri-tech innovators from around the world the opportunity to work with the UK’s leading food retailer and its supply chain partners, with directed guidance and mentorship, plus the potential to advance to trial. Previous winners were Numnuts, RoboScientific, and ImpactVision.

Entries are invited from now until June 10, after which Tesco’s judging committee will review all entries to select ten finalists, to be revealed at the virtual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 28-29 with all finalists among the delegate audience. The Tesco Agri T-Jam will culminate in an interactive webinar showcase on October 18, at which Tesco will announce the winner.

Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture at Tesco said: “We are delighted to be working with the World Agri Tech Innovation Summit for the fourth year running. We are always looking for new innovative ways to serve our customers, colleagues and communities better. We are looking forward to seeing the new technologies and ideas that come forward, and to offering the finalists a chance to partner with our suppliers to make a positive difference in providing affordable, healthy, sustainable food.”

Tesco are looking for technologies that address the following priority areas:

  • Reducing Environmental Footprint & GHG Emissions
  • Predictive Farming
  • Crop Specific Solutions, Shelf Life & Storage
  • Improving Soil Health & Resilience
  • Water Quality Analysis & Irrigation
  • Robotics, Automation & Sensor Technology
  • Monitoring & Supporting Biodiversity
  • Livestock: Animal Health & Welfare
  • Supply Chain Efficiency & Waste Reduction
  • Indoor & Vertical Farming
  • Remote Operations – Automation, Farm Management, Worker Safety

Abigail Ryder, Programme Director for the World Agri-Tech Innovation Series, said “Start-ups are a vital part of our agtech community, driving sustainability and presenting huge opportunities for investment. We’re delighted to continue the partnership with Tesco, working with their influential supply chain to support innovation and give start-ups this platform for visibility and growth. We look forward to sharing the next crop of dynamic international agtech innovators with our global audience as we showcase them at the summit and beyond!

Apply now until Thursday June 10, 2021 at www.worldagritechinnovation.com/tesco


Working across key areas such as supply chain, animal welfare, and sustainable agriculture, you will get involved in all aspects of the agriculture and research and development areas within the business.


This varied role will provide you with an opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the Environmental department and participate in continuous improvement projects within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.

Human Resources

As your skills and knowledge develop over time, you will get involved in all aspects of HR within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment and your responsibility will increase.

Retail National Account Management

This exciting role will see you gain a wide range of business experience skills, providing support to major UK retail supermarket customer accounts. 

Operations & Commercial

Work in a fast-paced food manufacturing environment gaining a hands-on experience across all aspects of operations, production and commercial with a focus on continuous improvement. 

New Product Development

You will be involved in supporting and managing the NPD process to ensure new and re-developed products are launched successfully. 

Livestock procurement

An exciting opportunity to learn about all areas of livestock procurement within the business, gaining a full understanding of production and operations.

Food Safety & Quality

A hands-on opportunity to understand and impact on food safety, quality and animal welfare across a fast-paced food manufacturing environment. Ensuring legislative compliance, customer excellence and continuous improvement.

Mechanical Engineering

As an engineering graduate you will be hands on and, on the go, working in a fast paced, busy environment overseeing electrical, mechanical and automation projects in a food manufacturing business.

Accounting & Finance

Gain a robust understanding in all aspects of the Finance Function with support at every step of the way to attain the professional qualifications needed to become a finance leader of the future.