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Win investment for your start-up at Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017!

Launch of the Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017

June 9, 2017

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 is open for young ICT start-ups from the West African region offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform. The final and announcement of winners will be held during an international conference that will be held in Côte d’Ivoire in September 2017!

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.

Advanced platform

This category is open for e-agriculture applications and platforms that are already in operation and generating revenues.

Benefits

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

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. 

Selection process

Applications will be screened by teams of business experts and investors.

Key Dates

  • 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

About Pitch AgriHack

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.

The ultimate objective is to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and promotion of youth employment. It is expected that eventually best start-ups involved will offer effective services to hundreds of thousands of farmers and agricultural stakeholders ACP countries. The programme is being implemented in collaboration with key national and international institutions, multinational private sector bodies, investors, incubators.
More partners will be announced in the coming days.

For more details and to partner with the programme, send a mail to ardyis-project@cta.int

 

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