RUFORUM invites young African entrepreneurs and incubatees to compete for 10 conference awards to showcase their innovations, enterprises, business concepts and propositions.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), established by ten Vice Chancellors in 2004, is a consortium of 55 African universities operating within 22 countries spanning the African continent. RUFORUM is coordinated by a Secretariat hosted by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures. They also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon.

In this , the young entrepreneurs will share their story at an International stage with close to 700 participants drawn from academia, business and industry, developmental organisations, practitioners and philanthropists.

This competition will serve as a springboard for young entrepreneurs to expand their business concepts, impact, innovation and business opportunities.

While the focus of this competition is on innovation in agribusiness, other innovations, incubations, business enterprises and business concepts along ICTs, health, engineering, natural resources, meteorology,  urbanization, green economy, and transport and communication, among other areas, will be considered.

The ten (10) competitively selected business enterprises will receive a refund of all expenses  (air ticket, conference registration, and hotel costs) for participation at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference (17th -21st October, 2016) in Cape Town, South . The selected young innovators will also receive a competition cash price award.

This competition is open to all African entrepreneurs and individual that meets the following eligibility criteria.

  • Persons with an established business enterprise and/or those with innovations that can potentially be commercialized and/or those with business concepts
  • The potential enterprise should have a defined business model that showcase the innovativeness of the proposed business/enterprise/innovation.
  • Submissions should be in English or French using the template provided for in the link.


Applicant should note that the deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016. Results will be announced by 30th August, 2016. Young African entrepreneurs should  keep thriving on and make use of this great opportunity by applying here.

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