Era Africa has rolled out the 2023 version of the Gogettaz Agripreneur Prize Competitors which will culminate in a remaining pitch contest to be held this 12 months in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in September.
The competitors is open to all African agripreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, who’re the founders or co-founders of modern and scalable agrifood companies. With prime mentors, a community of worldwide business leaders, and a rising group, the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competitors seeks to fast-track the expansion of agribusinesses with the potential to make sure meals safety and supply dignified employment.
“Agripreneurship is the largest, most vital alternative in Africa. Particularly with the ability of rising applied sciences within the sector, we would like African youth to seize this chance with each fingers,” stated Dickson Naftali, Head of Era Africa. He emphasised, “A robust, African-led agrifood sector is our greatest hope for a affluent continent with out starvation and malnutrition; however we should develop our agrifood sector higher, extra sustainably, and extra responsibly.”
After the semi-final course of, twelve finalists will probably be invited to pitch their companies to a panel of knowledgeable judges. Finalists can even be given facilitated entry to the AGRF Agribusiness Deal Room to develop their community with potential buyers, companions, and collaborators.
The award ceremony happen on the AGRF Summit the place two younger African entrepreneurs, one man and one girl, will probably be awarded a sport altering US$50,000 every to speed up their journey to scale.
Past the 2 US$50,000 grand prizes, further Impression Awards of US$2,500 every will probably be awarded to 4 modern companies who make a optimistic social and environmental influence by contributing to climate-preneurship, meals safety, poverty discount, and/or job creation of their communities.
Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA, stated, “In simply 5 years, the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competitors has grow to be a essential platform for figuring out and supporting younger African entrepreneurs who’re boldly launching companies within the agrifood sector. Within the course of they’re creating wealth for themselves and their households and driving financial development on the continent. We’re excited to see the modern and scalable options that the following technology of agripreneurs will deliver to the desk.”
Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Government Officer of Yara Worldwide and Era Africa Co-Founder and Ambassador, commented, “To ensure that Africa and the world to attain a nature-positive meals future, capacity-building and empowerment of farmers and agri-entrepreneurs – particularly ladies and younger individuals – is essential. Era Africa and the GoGettaz Competitors play an important position in serving to to help this continent’s greatest and brightest who’re contributing to regional and world, sustainable meals safety.”
Era Africa Co-Founder, Try Masiyiwa, Founder and Government Chairman of Econet Group and Cassava Applied sciences, remarked, “When Svein Tore and I first talked about partaking youth in Africa’s agrifood sector, we hadn’t but confronted a worldwide pandemic or big disruptions within the meals provide chain. Because the quickest rising demographic on earth, our younger African entrepreneurs at the moment are imagining new agribusiness fashions, harnessing the ability of agritech and modern meals science applied sciences to create new markets and prosperity. They’re outstanding. An extended option to go however the goal is for Africa to be a internet meals exporter, not the opposite method round!”
Dickson Naftali added, “The agrifood sector is the important thing: jobs, meals safety, cutting-edge know-how, skilled development, resilient communities, even mitigating the consequences of local weather change. When our younger individuals imagine within the potential this business holds for them, Africa will probably be remodeled. It is vitally dynamic.”
Era Africa is commemorating its fifth birthday and over the past half-decade, the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competitors has established itself as the largest, annual agripreneurship competitors in Africa.
By figuring out and supporting modern, high-potential agribusinesses, Era Africa goals to encourage tens of millions of youths to pursue a profession within the fast-evolving agrifood sector. The organisation’s help efforts proceed to develop and embody a bespoke Era Africa Fellowship Programme (GAFP), specifically curated scholarship alternatives, advocacy platforms and extra.
The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competitors has grow to be a cornerstone within the African agrifood area. This 12 months’s marketing campaign is looking for entries from younger entrepreneurs on Fb , Instagram , Twitter and LinkedIn , and goes reside together with the annual survey , a precious software to align and inspire stakeholder engagement and programme focus. With the help and experience of its founders and companions, Era Africa is worked up to steer much more youth to scale in 2023.
Candidates have to be residents of an African nation, and their enterprise headquarters have to be in Africa. Candidates can go to http://GoGettaz.Africa to enter the competitors.