Fast-tracking Innovation Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development (FIELD) Africa today, announced the commencement of her call for applications into the AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS START UP CHALLENGE to engender innovation in the agricultural sector in Africa, as well promote youth participation in the sector.
Speaking on the relevance of the initiative, FIELD Africa Chief Information Officer, Mr. Orji Austin said that the initiative is designed to protect and incubate domestic infant sectors with agriculture on the front burner, revamp agribusiness in Africa which requires active participation of African youths that make up the majority of the population and help grow the concern of government on how to make agriculture attractive to 625 million people in Africa that fall between the age bracket of 16-25.
FIELD Africa through the FIELD startup challenge seek to inspire and raise an army of youth-led agribusiness startups that will create values at different level of the value chain with innovative business model- aggregation of both food & cash crops, processing, repackaging and different technology driven agricultural extension services that take products and services to the last mile.
FIELD startup challenge also welcomes entrepreneurs and bright ideas across critical sectors such as Healthcare, Clean energy, Education, Mobile & Technology, Water & Sanitation and Financial Inclusion. It runs a KnowledgExchange Fellowship that will raise the next generation of global & social impact leaders, through a cohort of youth professionals drawn from Africa and beyond, empowering them with the required skills to launch a high impact career.
In her commitment to use an ecosystem approach to drive entrepreneurship development in Africa, FIELD partners with funds & investment institutions like Acumen Fund, Universities, Incubators & Hubs committed to researching, developing & financing startups.
Note: The Pan-African entrepreneurship development initiative will provide youths making bold strides in the agribusiness value chain $20,000 worth of business support, technology & modern technique transfer as well as access to finance.
Interested applicants should proceed to the organization’s website at http://www.fieldafrica.org. Applications will be evaluated on a roll-in basis. Applicants who apply first, stand a better chance.