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Investors: Participate in CTA’s AgriHack West Africa Programme to support entrepreneurs!

June 19, 2017

Join the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in our efforts to help young entrepreneurs in offering innovative ICT services to support the agri-food sector. We are looking for investors to support Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017. It will be organised in collaboration with organisations including the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), the EIC Corporation (Côte d'Ivoire), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA), Wennovation (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Benin), Suguba (West Africa), CTIC Dakar (Senegal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) and Jokkolab (Côte d'Ivoire/Africa). 

The AgriHack Talent programme has involved more than 600 young innovators and entrepreneurs, supporting the creation of some ICT products and start-ups. CTA has been collaborating with ministries, ICT incubators, farmers' organisations and key national and international development organisations across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

What is Pitch AgriHack?

The first Pitch AgriHack was successfully implemented in 2016 in collaboration with the African Development Bank and with the support of partners including venture capitals. Each edition of Pitch AgriHack

  • involves a competition
  • a business training boot camp to selected start-ups
  • and offers grants and facilitates access to investments, additional capacity building and promotional opportunities

Pitch AgriHack West Africa is open to start-ups run by young entrepreneurs (18 – 35 years), giving them the chance to win funding to help them consolidate, pilot or upscale their platforms and services.

A call for start-ups has been launched. The physical event (Final of the competition) during which business training and pitching will be organised will be held in Côte d'Ivoire from 03 to 08 September 2017 on the occasion of an international conference.

What is the role of investors?

CTA will provide grants (between €5,000 and €15,000 per organisation) to some winning start-ups, as well as various opportunities. We are inviting investors to join us and identify deal opportunities, help promising entrepreneurs develop their businesses and impact the agrifood sector effectively.

An investor can contribute as:

  • a virtual judge to select the finalists of the competition
  • a judge, trainer or speaker during the pitching event in Côte d'Ivoire (available slots are very limited)
  • an attendee of the pitching session in order to meet and interact with the finalist start-ups.

Visibility opportunity for investors

By participating in the selection of the start-ups, investors will have more opportunities to know them and their products.
Investors who will contribute the most to the event (notably as a virtual judge for the selection of finalists and judge for the selection of winners in the final) can be recognised as official partner of the project. Their organisations will be mentioned in promotional material and in communications.

What kind of investors are we looking for?

Ideal investors would be those that focus on agriculture and ICTs, on early stage start-ups, angel investors, impact investors and patient investors.
Besides, over the next years, CTA is looking for additional resources and partnerships to be able to support a large number of ICT for agriculture start-ups and help many of them serve hundreds of thousands of agricultural actors effectively.

How to join us

If you are interested in participating in Pitch AgriHack West Africa as an investor, or for more information, get in touch with Ken Lohento (ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator at CTA) at lohento@cta.int