Given how emphasis have always been laid on the continent going back to salvage what is left of our agricultural sector, and the role technology can actively play in it, it is great to see actions been taken and not just words.
A recent collaboration among the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria) and Suguba Africa, have brought to life an event called the Pitch AgriHack 2018. Other partners involved in the organisation of the competition include Impact Hub Bamako (Mali), Impact Hub Dakar, Jokkolabs, (both Senegal), BongoHive (Zambia) etc.
This year seems to focus on the participation of women in Agriculture, as the theme for the edition is Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Up to 50% of finalists will be women and special women prizes will also be awarded.
The Pitch AgriHack has objectives of helping to develop business services offered by young e-agriculture start-ups while also contributing to accelerating the adoption of innovations for stronger productivity in the agrifood sector.
>The competition is open to both male and female founders
>Applicants must be founders or co-founders of e-agri start-ups offering ICT services to the agricultural sector.
>Applicants must be aged between 18 to 35 years old.
The final of the event will be held in Rwanda in the framework of the 2018 edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2018) in September 2018.
Startups that emerge as winners will receive from CTA, AfDB and other partners, up to Euros 15,000 in cash (grant) to advance their services. This is totally different from additional support that may be facilitated by stakeholders involved.
Applications close on May 21.
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Note: To apply, you must have registered on the VC4A platform.