AirMiners Launchpad Teams Are Milestone Winners In $100M Carbon Removal Competition

Entrepreneurs in AirMiners Launchpad accelerator program achieve success as leading global innovators in solving the climate crisis

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CDL–Today, the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition announced 15 milestone award winners. Of those, 10 are AirMiners members, two are graduates of the AirMiners Launchpad program, with a third joining the upcoming batch. Each of the winners was awarded a $1M prize to support their exceptional work on carbon removal solutions.

“The fact that so many AirMiners members won the prize is a testament to the success of the AirMiners program. We encourage all early-stage carbon removal entrepreneurs to join AirMiners,” said Marcius Extavour, Vice President of Energy and Climate at XPRIZE.

The AirMiners Launchpad affiliated winners are:

  • Carbin Minerals unlocks the enormous potential of mine tailings to capture and permanently sequester carbon dioxide. With this proprietary technology, mine sites can remove more CO2 than they emit, while also producing the metals essential for the energy transition.
  • Plant Village/Carbon4Good leverages the power of 200 million African farms to permanently sequester 1 gigatonne per year through biochar and agroforestry while lifting a whole generation out of the cycle of poverty.
  • Takachar offers small modular IoT-enabled biochar pyrolysis reactors in a network to rapidly and profitably scale biochar deployment. Enables rural smallholder farmers access to carbon removal credits, to the benefit of traditionally underserved communities while advancing climate justice.

“We salute the awards reflecting the incredible progress of these early-stage teams. Their success validates AirMiners’ mission to support innovators solving for gigaton-scale carbon removal. Through our partnership with XPRIZE and Creative Destruction Lab, the AirMiners accelerator program has grown quickly to support 28 early-stage carbon removal startups over the last eight months, with more joining our next batch,” said Tito Jankowski, AirMiners Co-Founder.

About AirMiners

AirMiners is the place for entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and designers working to extract carbon from the air. To learn more visit, or follow on Twitter @airminers or LinkedIn.

About AirMiners Launchpad

Developed in partnership with XPRIZE and Creative Destruction Lab, AirMiners Launchpad is a six-week accelerator program for early teams or individuals working on gigaton-scale carbon removal. Innovators and entrepreneurs hoping to compete for the next phase of the $100M XPRIZE should join the AirMiners Launchpad for startup support.

Sign-ups for Batch #5 of AirMiners Launchpad are now open. Interested entrepreneurs can apply for AirMiners Launchpad at


For more information, contact:
Tito Jankowski
(662) 729-1336