‘Pitch AgriHack 2019’ for African Youth to Develop their Digital Skills

‘Pitch AgriHack 2019’ for African Youth to Develop their Digital Skills

Deadline: 24 May 2019

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is launching ‘Pitch AgriHack 2019’, in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the OCP Group, GreenTec Group and with the contribution of the World Bank, FAO and other partners.
The programme is being implemented in collaboration with key national and international institutions, multinational private sector bodies, investors, incubators. The final will be held during the 2019 edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2019), organised by AGRA and other partners, in Ghana in September 2019.

Pitch AgriHack is part of the AgriHack Talent initiative of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and aims at accelerating e-agricultureentrepreneurship for growth and job creation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

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.

Program Information
Pitch AgriHack 2019 involves:
  • A competition followed by a pitching session in Accra;
  • A partnership and investment readiness training boot camp for finalist start-ups;
  • Grants and facilitation of access to investments, capacity building and promotional opportunities.
Categories
  • Early stage platform
  • Digital services that can be submitted in this category include services enabled by platforms that are at early stage and are generating revenues between 0 and 20,000 euros annually. These include prototypes with functional features that demonstrate a good potential for success.
  • At least two winners will be awarded in this category.
  • Mature platform
  • Digital services that can be submitted in this category include services enabled by platforms that are at a more advanced stage and are generating revenues above 20,000 euros annually. At least two winners will be awarded in this category.
  • Special prizes
  • Four special prizes are planned:
Data analytics services
  • This prize will be awarded to the best platform that innovatively deploys agricultural data analytics, offering added value to customers. Candidates to this award will have to demonstrate how their platform achieves this.
  • Public choice
  • This prize will be awarded by the public during the final.
  • OCP Group Award
  • This prize will reward an African company for the innovation and quality of their digital services as well as for their impacts.
  • GreenTec-Award
  • This prize shall go to a promising start-up that has developed a digital model/solution that is not only a profitable business (or has very strong profitability potential) but has at the same time a positive impact on people’s lives. Criteria will also include the visible traction and the potential in other African markets.
Prizes and other Benefits
  • A winning start-up will receive up to 15,000 euros (grant contract). At least seven awards are planned. Apart from the grant contracts, all winners will receive:
  • A package of publications (business, agriculture and ICT books);
  • Attendance to at least two regional or international capacity-building or business networking events, selected after consultation with CTA or partners involved;
  • Extensive promotion by CTA;
  • Involvement in CTA’s Pitch AgriHack’s winners’ network;
  • Possible seed funding or investment from partners involved;
  • Other opportunities facilitated by partners involved or CTA, may be gained by other participants, including those who may not benefit from the grants (depending on the quality of their services).
Eligibility Criteria
  • The competition is open to both male and female founders of digital start-ups owners of platforms (apps, hardware devices using software, etc.) facilitating the delivery of digital services to the agricultural sector.
  • Applicants need to be nationals and residents of any African country (Central Africa, Eastern Africa, North Africa to Southern Africa, West Africa), and nationals and residents of Caribbean and Pacific signatories of the Cotonou Agreement between EU and ACP countries.
  • Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years old.
How to Apply