UM6P and IFA launch the Africa Agtech Startup Showcase (€20,000 prize)
Deadline Date: 30-Nov-2022
Innovation is positioning African agricultural systems for a productive and sustainable future. In light of this transformation process, the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) have launched the Africa Agtech Startup Showcase.
“The International Fertilizer Association created the Smart&Green platform in 2021 to bridge the AgTech ecosystem and providers of plant nutrition solutions. As a next step, IFA is partnering with UM6P to help connect entrepreneurs with potential partners and investors through the Africa AgTech startup showcase. And all of this to ultimately help feed the world sustainably,” said Alzbeta Klein, IFA CEO/Director General.
Startups from around the world are invited to apply online in one of the following five categories:
Soil health and plant nutrition solutions to protect and improve soil fertility as well as adaptive mechanisms for nutrient release and plant uptake.
Advisory and information services for farmers to improve crop yield and quality as well as farm profitability.
Market access solutions that enable African smallholder farmers to reach off-takers or end consumers as well as suppliers of seeds, fertilizers, equipment and crop protection products.
Supply chain services for farmers, agribusinesses and cooperatives to better manage their relationships.
Financial services for African smallholder farmers, including savings, payments, credit, insurance and crowd funding services.
The largest gathering of the fertilizer industry, and the winning startup will receive a €20,000 prize.
This international contest is open to entrepreneurs offering innovative responses to the challenges facing African agriculture to showcase their solutions to the plant nutrition industry. The IFA and UM6P judges will evaluate applications based on the competition criteria including impact, innovation and applicability to African smallholder farmers. Final selection will take place in May 2023 at the IFA Annual Conference.
UM6P prioritizes applied research and innovation relevant to Morocco and Africa by focusing on topics such as industrialization, food security, sustainable development, mining, behavioural and social sciences. It federates a number of schools and research institutes, covering science and technology (Agriculture, mining, energy, medical, chemistry, Computer Science…), Social Sciences and Business Management.
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