FIELD STARTUP CHALLENGE INSPIRES YOUTHS ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

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Fast-tracking Innovation Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development (FIELD) Africa through her startup challenge invites young African entrepreneurs to create solutions that are scalable for the poor access in the region, leveraging technology and the mobile economy.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Orji Austin, FIELD Africa CIO noted that “According to a 2015 McKinsey & Company report, the growth of e-commerce is expected to reach 10% of Africa’s retail business. A huge percentage of the remaining business is done using traditional logistic challenged with poor road & transportation infrastructure. Also, while governments across Africa are making efforts to fix infrastructure, startups with genuine idea and vision to create easy access leveraging technology and innovation to drive value both to the urban cities and the people living at the bottom of the pyramid are invited to join the FIELD startup challenge”.

FIELD Africa notes that, this platform will afford selected participants $20,000 worth of business support, access to a support network and finance to enable the entrepreneurs scale their impact by scaling their venture. Entrepreneurs working in other critical sectors such as; Healthcare, Clean energy, Education, Financial inclusion, Water & sanitation and Agriculture are also encourage to apply.

Interested persons are to proceed to the organization’s website at http://www.fieldafrica.com for further application details. All applicants are to note that applications will be evaluated on a roll-in basis. Applicants that are first to apply stand a better chance.

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FIELD AFRICA UNVEILS AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS START UP CHALLENGE

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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.