GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize is Awarding $50k to African agri-tech startups

The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize is inviting African agri-tech startups to apply and stand a chance to win  US$50,000 in cash each.

The competition seeks two winners, one man and one woman, who demonstrate creative technology, innovation and passion to the agriculture and food industries.

The Prize is spearheaded by Generation Africa a partnership between telecommunications giant Econet and crop nutrition company Yara International, the Africa Development Bank, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Heifer International and a host of other partners.

Applications for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize close on June 6, 2022. The jury will then select 12 finalists-six male and six female-finalists who will be notified via WhatsApp and email by the end of July 2022.

This competition, which is in its third year, invites established ventures that want to accelerate the growth of the solutions they offer. There are 15 categories of entry which include:

  • Agri-food research & development
  • Primary food production (farming)
  • Crop nutrition
  • Irrigation
  • Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
  • Crop protection
  • Hydroponics or urban farming
  • Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
  • Food processing
  • Packaging or marketing
  • Food retail or service
  • Waste management or recycling
  • Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
  • Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
  • Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

The ventures are to be evaluated across the following metrics:

  • Innovation (20%)
  • Market potential and traction (20%)
  • Social and Environmental Impact (20%)
  • Business model (20%)
  • Founder and team (20%)

Over and above the cash prize, successful entrepreneurs will receive mentorship, programming linkages and guidance that will bolster their entrepreneurial journey.

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