Africa Start-up Academy

Agribusiness platform to help farmers to be productive and profitable

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Africa agribusiness startup incubation programme

Where ideas become reality, growing the next generation of African farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs

Create

Grow

Connect

Finance

programme outlook

The project aims to facilitate the creation and sustainability of collaborative, efficient as well as commercially viable agri-enterprises that will develop and sustain the agricultural and food production value chain system through skills, information, markets, finance, technology transfer and co-working. The goal of the initiative is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in agribusiness and related sectors.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

This programme is targeted at agribusiness and farming startups that are at any of these stages;

  1. Idea phase 
  2. Proof of concept stage
  3. Prototyping stage 
  4. Early traction phase
  5. Scaling up stage

BENEFITS

The programmes offers a comprehensive package that will fully sustain the agribusiness ventures.

Financial rewards

  • Grant up to US$5000
  • Loan convertible into equity US$5000

Non financial rewards

  • Access to an online marketplace platform
  • Group and individual mentorship
  • Access to export markets
  • Agribusiness and entrepreneurship skills training
  • Access to funding platform that includes investors, banks, microfinance institutions and venture capitalists
  • Access to online co-working and co-creation platform
  • Company formalisation

IMPORTANT TIMELINES

  1. Application opens by  (to be announced)
  2. Application closes by (to be announced)
  3. Email notification to the shortlisted applicants by (to be announced)
  4. Interviews by (to be announced)
  5. Email notification to the finally selected startups by (to be announced)
  6. Program starts by (to be announced)

HOW THE programme WORKS

1. CREATE

Agriculture Technical Skills Capacity Development
Business formation and registration
Business and Entrepreneurship Development Support
Intellectual property management

2. grow

Shared infrastructure and facilities
Incubation services
Access to resources and equipment

4. finance

Financial literacy and management services
Funding facilitation
Seed capital management
Public-private investment fund
Crowd-funding

3. Connect

Domestic markets
Export market
Networking events
Mentors
Co-creation tools

programme outline

MODULE 1

Introduction to Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship

MODULE 2

Introduction to Agriculture Financing

MODULE 3

Agricultural Marketing

MODULE 4

Development Technologies in Agribusiness

MODULE 5

Basics of Agriculture Development

MODULE 6

Agriculture Technical Skills Specialisation Tracks
. Hydroponics
. Aquaponics
. Tomatoes
. Green pepper
. Cucumber
. Potatoes

7. Graduation

8. Business Registration and Formalisation

9. Funding

10. Support services

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