YOUNG INNOVATORS IN AGRIBUSINESS COMPETITION 2016

The Young Innovators in Agribusiness competition (YIAC) draws experience from the Agribiz4Africa 2014 Ideas and Messaging Competition that attracted over 800 participants from 22 sub-Saharan Africa countries. The overall goal of the competition is to enable East Africa and Ethiopia, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar youth-owned start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to generate creative ideas that can attract potential investors and stakeholders through competition.
The Specific goals of the competition targeting the youth include: to provide a platform for the Start-ups and Small and Medium Sized (SME) enterprises; to generate viable agribusiness activities and business plans; to build capacity of the youth-owned startups and SMEs to pitch their businesses to investors and stakeholders; to follow up on Agribiz4Africa 2014 competitions alumni. In partnership with USAID supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH), Syngenta, Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) and Toyota Kenya Academy, the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition rolled out 4 key platforms: the training and mentorship hub, Investor consultative meetings, the business competitions and the Agribusiness Innovation and Trade fair platforms.

YIAC Start-ups Winners

Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition top 3 Start-Ups
Overall Winner: Noah Ssempija of Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment (YICE) – Uganda (USD 5,000)
1st Runners Up: Ms. Mercy Kitomari of Nelwa’s Gelato – Tanzania (USD 3,000)
2nd Runners Up: Ms. UwintwaliLilian of M-ahwill LTD – Rwanda (USD 2,000)

YIAC SMEs Winners

Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition 2016 Winners – SMEs Category
Overall Winner: Mr. AbrhameEndrias of Green Agro Mechanization – Ethiopia (USD 5,000)
1st Runners Up: Mr. Edmond Murindahabi of PEBEC LTD – Rwanda (USD 3,000)
2nd Runners Up: Ms. AnzaziKiti of Taste Afrique Co. LTD – Kenya (USD 2,000)

YIAC

From Left: KinyuaMbijjewe-Syngenta, JorgKleis-Jenga Legal, UwintwaliLilian-M-Ahwil LTD,Econi Karl Peter-Solution International LTD, KniniMutooni-Director Investments at East Africa Trade Investment Mercy Kitomari-Nelwas Gelato Tanzania, James Shikwati-Founding Director at Inter Region Economic Network.

YIAC

Bwatuti Elisha Sammy-Bizkati, Florence Suji-Toyota Kenya Academy, Liz Muange-East Africa Trade Investment Hub, EndriasAbrahame- Green Agro Mechanization, AnzaziKiti-Taste Afrique LTD, Edmond Murindahabi-Pebec LTD, Nelly Ngunguru-East Africa Trade Investment Hub.

Certificate presentation to all the top 30 participants

Certificate presentation to all the top 30 participants