So, you think you’ve got the technology solution to advance food security in Africa? Or perhaps you’ve been working on an initiative to accelerate job creation in the continent’s agriculture sector? Here is your chance to share prizes worth $45 000 in this year’s Pitch AgriHack.
Youth technology innovators in Africa’s agriculture and food sectors are invited to apply to this competition presented by African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Heifer International and Generation Africa.
Pitch AgriHack recognizes young entrepreneurs who have developed tech solutions for food security issues. The most successful start-ups receive cash grants, as well as exposure to media and investors.
By 2021, there will be no less than sThe market-ready innovations of ix youth-led agricultural businesses showcased by agribusinesses were made available to African farmers. These included mobile crop processing machinery and produce delivery services.
Dr Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), said, “The youth of Africa have a crucial role to play in our continent’s food and farming future. Food systems change is one of the most pressing global issues as humanity negotiates a new balance with the natural world amidst the undeniable impacts of climate change.”
Kalibata described Pitch AgriHack, which awards young entrepreneurs with innovative agricultural businesses, as a fantastic initiative. “At the intersection of technology and agriculture, new innovations have the capacity to enable and uplift smallholder farmers, and drive agricultural transformation across Africa.”
Generation Africa’s head Dickson Naftali believes that Pitch AgriHack focuses on promoting smart technologies and digital jobs that appeal to youth.
“This competition calls on the innovative minds of Africa to empower themselves and their communities by harnessing and developing ground-breaking technologies in the agri-food sector.
“We see a bright future on the horizon for the youth of Africa. Generation Africa, with the help of its partners like Heifer International, is working tirelessly to smooth out the obstacles that have traditionally prevented young people from embracing opportunities in the agriculture and food value chain.”
Pitch AgriHack: What should you pitch?
Six winners will receive $45 000 each in prizes during Pitch AgriHack. There are three categories of open competition. You can enter as an early-stage, growth-stage or mature start-up, or as a woman-led venture.
Pitch AgriHack’s previous competition featured prominently farm equipment manufacturers, drone services for precision agriculture, data and analysis providers, mobile apps and online crowdfunding platforms, finance platforms, ecommerce, logistics services, and many other services.
Pitch AgriHack applications close Friday, 29th July 2022. The 2022 competition is open to African co-founders and founders of technology-based or digital services companies in the agricultural sector.
An expert jury will select the top 12 applicants. The award ceremony will follow where three category winners will be announced and three runners up will receive cash grants to help grow their businesses.