YOUNG INNOVATORS IN AGRIBUSINESS COMPETITION
(FEB. 24-27, 2016)

The Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition featuring Startups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) took place on February 24 – 27, 2016 at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania. The event saw Top 90 participants (45 Startups and 45 SMEs) from the East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and the AGOA participating countries (Ethiopia) compete. The ninety participants were selected after attending the accelerated trainings in Nairobi last year. The competition involved participant’s rehearsal, judges’ orientation, presentation/pitching before the judges and mini exhibition of products. The Competition was run concurrently in 6 main leagues
each with 15 contestants. Contestants were required to make a seven minute presentation to the judges and exhibit their products. At the end of the competition, top thirty (30) participants (15 Startups and 15 SMEs) from the ninety (90) viable agribusinesses were identified. They will participate in the Agribusiness Innovation and Trade fair in Nairobi on the 27th of May, 2016.

The competition will involve participant’s rehearsal, judges’ orientation, presentation/pitching before the judges and mini exhibition of products. The Competition which will run concurrently in 6 main leagues each with 15 contestants requires contestants to make a seven minute presentation to the judges and exhibit their products. The objective of the competition is to identify top thirty (30) participants (15 Startups and 15 SMEs) from the ninety (90) viable agribusinesses to participate in the Agribusiness Innovation and Trade fair in Nairobi on the 25th – 28th of May, 2016 as well as provide a networking opportunity for the participants during a mini exhibition.

Wondwossen Mebrat during the pitching session

Wondwossen Mebrat during the pitching session.

YIAC Top 15 SMEs

YIAC Top 15 SMEs.

YIA Competition mini exhibition.

Ronald Ssenfuka displays his products during the YIA Competition mini exhibition.

The top 90 participants to the YIA Competition

The top 90 participants to the YIA Competition

A section of the YIAC Participants during the Gala Dinner

A section of the YIAC Participants during the Gala Dinner.

YIAC League Selection Session.

YIAC League Selection Session.