How To Apply for AYuTe Africa Challenge Nigeria 2022

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The AYuTe Africa Challenge Nigeria is an enterprise development programme initiated by Heifer International and implemented by Enactus Nigeria to identify, nurture, and support innovative, relevant and technology-driven agric-centric enterprises to grow, scale and thrive.

Candidates should be early-stage or growth-stage youth-led agritech businesses/companies with innovative solutions impacting smallholder farmers at scale. The challenge will run for three months, during which three agritech innovators to be awarded the top prizes (winner, first runner-up, second runner-up).

Prizes

Challenge applicants can expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Coaching and mentorship, personalized to unpack training into business implementation for the top-5 finalists.
  • Technical assistance at the various levels of the challenge to strengthen the MVP and the business and financial model of the start-up.
  • Links to financial and investment opportunities.
  • Networking opportunities to showcase your solution and meet with investors and other stakeholders.
  • Cash prize awards of a total of $20,000 for the top three winners:
    • Winner: $10,000
    • First Runner-Up: $6,000
    • Second Runner-Up: $4,000

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 18-35 by the closing day of submission to the AYuTe Nigeria challenge;
  • Be a youth with innovative ideas focusing on the agriculture sector;
  • Have ideas that are proven to solve social problems and are implementable, technically feasible, economically sound (affordable), and environmentally smart (eco-friendly);
  • Hold Nigerian nationality with official ID (national identity card, international passport, or permanent voters’ card);
  • Produce financial statements for the venture;
  • Be the founder or co-founder of the enterprise represented in the competition and play an active role in its operations and leadership;
  • Have no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony or other offences;
  • Have the potential for partnership and collaboration with other actors/stakeholders.

The company must have:

  • Been registered/incorporated with the relevant government agencies in Nigeria;
  • The ability to scale and impact a large number of smallholder farmers, including recorded evidence of demonstrated impact on smallholder farmers’ revenue and/or operations;
  • The potential for job creation and poverty reduction;
  • Alignment with relevant national policies and international treaties (e.g., SDGs);
  • An identifiable technological innovation that addresses the following problems for smallholder farmers:
    • Smallholder farmer productivity
    • Smallholder farmer income
    • Labour intensiveness of operations
    • Resilience
    • Access to information
    • Strong competitive advantage

How To Apply

The application period will run from August 17 to September 16. In September 2022, the first stage of the challenge will identify the top-10 agritech innovators and the second stage will identify the top-5 agritech innovators. The top three enterprises will be awarded cash prizes at a pitch and awards ceremony in October 2022.

NOTE: You are required to follow these social media handles @heifernigeria and @AyuteAfrica

This application form can be accessed in two ways: Web and App.

To access the form, follow the links provided below.

Applicants will receive a confirmation message for their application after submission by email/SMS.

For more information, visit AYuTe Africa Challenge Nigeria.

Application Deadline: September 16, 2022

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