a) Only start-ups already incorporated (registered in their countries) and those about to complete registration can apply for the Pitch AgriHack. Proof of completion of the registration process is a pre-requisite for the physical attendance in the boot camp and pitching event.
b) The founders (at least one official founder) of the business should be aged between 18 – 35 years , and be nationals of, and resident in West African countries. Applications can be submitted in French or English.
c) Only start-ups with a working ICT application can participate.
d) Past winners of Pitch AgriHack who received grants from CTA are not eligible to take part in this 2017 edition. Applications that won AgriHack hackathons but have not benefited from any grant from CTA are eligible. Any institution having benefited from a CTA grant for its ICT platform in last two years cannot participate with the same application.
2. Selection of start-ups and teams
There will be a selection to determine start-ups and teams which will attend the boot camp and pitching event (Final). It is envisaged to select in total between 25 to 30 teams. Team selection is mainly based on the quality of the information submitted at registration. Additional information may be requested by organisers.
3. Physical attendance for selected finalists
A maximum of 2 representatives for each start-up can physically attend the boot camp and pitching activity. However, organisers will cover the cost (international travel if required, accommodation, subsistence allowance) of only for one representative. Only a representative aged 35 years old maximum will be covered by CTA to attend the event.
4. Key information and documents to submit
a) A valid ID (ideally a passport) will be requested from the co-founder representing the finalist startup between 04 and 10 August 2017. Failure to submit a valid ID on time will lead to the replacement of the finalist start-up. It is recommended to co-founders whose identity will be submitted during the application process to ensure they have right now a valid travel document as its preparation may take several weeks.
b) Start-ups will provide details on problems addressed, the technical solution proposed, key metrics, customer segments targeted, unique value proposition compared with the competition, cost structure, revenue streams and other business strategy inputs. They will also demonstrate that they are incorporated (registered in their countries) or will close this process by 04 August 2017.
c) A pdf document (3 pages maximum) containing screenshots of the platform proposed for the competition will be submitted if its link is not submitted directly during registration. This document may also contain other supplementary information. The document will be shared via a Google Drive link that will be provided in the registration form.
5. Grant Prizes
The cash prize won by teams will be transferred to them via bank transfer, after the event in Nairobi. The cash prize won will be transferred in instalments according to the terms of reference of the grant contract. All local taxes on prizes, if required, are the sole responsibility of the winners. 4 start-ups will benefit from CTA’s grants, 2 in each of the 2 categories. Other opportunities offered by partners involved or by CTA, may be gained by other best participants, including those who may not benefit from CTA’s grants.
Communication languages during the Final in Côte d’Ivoire will be English and French.
7. Selection Committee’s Decision
Decisions taken by selection teams and organisers are final and are beyond dispute.
8. Discretionary right of cancellation
If, for any reason, the event cannot be conducted as planned, CTA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, close, change, or suspend it, without the obligation to refund participants any cost. The organisers reserve the right to reject any application that does not meet the event’s regulations.
By sending in their applications, all participants implicitly accept the rules of this competition