Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017 is open for young ICT start-ups from the West African region offering services to the agricultural sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform.
Pitch AgriHack is an ambitious four-year project that complements CTA’s activities on ICT for agriculture. These include hackathons, incubations and promotion sessions organised within the framework of the AgriHack Talent initiative.
It complements and expands the on-ongoing AgriHack Talent programme, which supports youth ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture.
Agriculture is the future and Africa too. Agrotech is on the rise in Africa with more young Agropreneurs adopting technologies to scale and leverage this fundamental domain of human support.
Notwithstanding, Entrepreneurs should know about Pitch AgriHack West Africa whose ultimate goal is to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and promotion of youth employment
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA) and innovation spaces including Orange Fab (Côte d’Ivoire), Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (Mali), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Afrique), is launching the Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017, in the framework of its AgriHack Talent Programme. This edition follows the successful organisation of the pilot edition Pitch AgriHack 2016.
Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017 will:
- provide a business training boot camp to selected start-ups
- conduct a pitching competition
- offer grants and facilitate access to investments, additional capacity building and promotional opportunities.
Two categories are available:
Early stage platform
This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that have already been developed but still need software or business model improvements. Participants must be able to demonstrate the business potential and functional features of their applications or platforms.
This category is open for e-agriculture applications and platforms that are already in operation and generating revenues.
Winning teams will receive from CTA a cash prize of up to €15,000, as well as promotional support, additional capacity building and networking opportunities. They may also benefit from funding or investments from supporters of Pitch AgriHack.
Application process for Pitch AgriHack
Start-ups will provide details on problems addressed, the technical solution proposed, key metrics, customer segments targeted, unique value proposition compared with the competition, cost structure, revenue streams and other business strategy inputs. They will also demonstrate that they are incorporated (registered in their countries) or are already about to close this process.
Applications will be screened by teams of business experts and investors.
- Launch of registration and nomination: check Get Involved
- Deadline for registration and nomination: 09 July 2017
- Announcement of selected finalist start-ups which will take part in the boot camp and pitching physical event (Final): by 04 August 2017
- Boot camp and pitching events: 03 to 08 September 2017 In Côte d’Ivoire
The final and announcement of winners will be held during an international conference that will be held in Côte d’Ivoire in September 2017!
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