AgriPitch deadline dead ahead
22 October 2020 | Events
Selected entries by African youth agripreneurs have been invited to showcase their agribusiness startup plans and compete for a share of U$120 000 in funding seed prizes, a slot of the competition’s business development boot camp, an audience of online panel of experts and investors to pitch their agribusiness plans, as well as receive post-event mentoring and training.
The AgriPitch competition is open to youth aged 18 to 35 who hold African nationality or citizenship and who submit their application online by 23 October.
Competition organisers will select agripreneurs with promising proposals to participate in the AYAF/AgriPitch online training platform.
In this business development boot camp, AgriPitch competitors can attend sessions on product development, revenue channel identification, logistics, marketing, business management, investment readiness, financing and other issues, led by coaches, mentors and investors.
At the end of the boot camp, selected agripreneurs will pitch their business proposals to a panel of judges.
Competition winners will be named in three categories, namely early start-up, mature start-up and women-empowered businesses.
In addition to receiving seed funding prizes and post-competition mentoring, winners will be invited for the AYAF online DealRoom. The DealRoom connects expansion-ready, youth-led African businesses with global investors (debt, equity and/or grant).
The AgriPitch competition is part of the African Development Bank’s fourth African Youth Agripreneurs Forum (AYAF) – one of the continent’s most exciting platforms for African youth in agriculture start-up scene – to be held online for the first time from 3 -17 November, 2020.
“The African Youth Agripreneurs Forum and AgriPitch Competition has always been a high-energy gathering for young entrepreneurs in agriculture to meet, share experiences and work the room for that next big investment. The bank and partners are gearing up to present a dynamic, knowledge-rich forum online – as well as the most seed funding AgriPitch has ever awarded competitors,” said Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of the Bank’s Enable Youth Program responsible for the event.
In collaboration with partners like UN Women, the African Leaders for Nutrition and the Affirmative Finance Action for Women Africa initiative, this year’s AYAF and AgriPitch competition will have two segments including AYAF webinars held on 3, 10 and 17 November and the AgriPitch boot camp training from 2 – 13 November, followed by the finalists pitching on 16 and 17 November.
The general public is also invited to register for the webinars, scheduled to draw speakers and presenters from across the development, nutrition, gender and agriculture landscape.
The weekly sessions will address three topics, namely Policies for sustainable nutrition and gender inclusivity (3 November), Empowering youth and women in agricultural value chains to address nutrition (10 November) and Strategic partnerships for Equity in Agriculture: Financing Women, Youth and Nutrition (17 November).
Follow the link for the registration details: https://bit.ly/37t5Tjw