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 final.
b) The founders (at least one official founder) of the business must be aged between 18 – 35 years , and be nationals of, and resident in eligible countries.
c) Countries eligible for this 2019 edition are African countries from all regions (Central Africa, Eastern Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, and Western Africa) and Caribbean and Pacific countries signatories of the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union. The list of countries eligible are mentioned below. Application files must 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 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 cannot apply with the same platform.
2. Selection of start-ups
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 up to 26 start-ups. 50% of selected start-ups will be women owned start-ups (one official co-founder must be female). 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) 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.
b) Only a representative aged 35 years old maximum will be covered by CTA to attend the event.
c) If you apply as a woman-owned business (one official co-founder must be female), the person attending the final must be the female co-founder (the age criteria also prevails).
4. Key information and documents to submit
a) A valid ID/Passport will be requested from the co-founder representing the finalist startup. Failure to submit a valid ID/Passport 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 digital platform proposed, key metrics, customer segments targeted, unique value proposition compared with the competition, revenue streams and other business strategy inputs. They will also demonstrate that they are incorporated (registered in their countries) or will close this process a month before the final.
c) A pdf document (5 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.
d) If you are applying for the Special Data Analytics Prize, you must provide during the application phase details on how your platform is innovatively using data analytics to provide services or added value to customers.
e) Digital platforms proposed as well as the Profits & Loss statement of finalists (for those already generating revenues) may be assessed independently during the final.
f) Companies that are proposing a hardware are required to prepare a short video illustrating their platform when it is used; that video will be put on a website (YouTube for example) and the link will be submitted during the application process. They must specify if they are the manufacturer of the hardware. They must describe how they are using it innovatively to provide services to agro-food customers.
5. Grant Prizes
The cash prize won by teams will be transferred to them via bank transfer, after the final. 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. Read details on prizes and benefits for best participants on the “Benefits” page.
Communication languages during the final 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
PS: List of countries eligible
Algeria – Angola – Antigua and Barbuda – Belize – Cape Verde – Comoros – Bahamas – Barbados – Benin – Botswana – Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cameroon – Chad – Central African Republic – Congo (Brazzaville) – Congo (Kinshasa) – Cook Islands – Côte d’Ivoire – Cuba – Djibouti – Dominican Republic – Dominica – East Timor – Egypt – Equatorial Guinea – Eritrea – Ethiopia – eSwatini – Fiji – Gabon – The Gambia – Ghana – Grenada –Guinea – Guinea-Bissau – Guyana – Haiti – Jamaica – Kenya – Kiribati – Lesotho – Liberia – Libya – Madagascar – Malawi – Mali – Marshall Islands – Mauritius – Mauritania – Federated States of Micronesia – Morocco – Mozambique – Namibia – Nauru – Niger – Nigeria – Niue – Uganda – Palau – Papua New Guinea – Rwanda – Saint Christopher and Nevis – Saint Vincent and Grenadines – Saint Lucia – Solomon Islands – Samoa – São Tomé and Principe – Senegal – Seychelles – Sierra Leone – Somalia – South Africa – South Sudan – Sudan – Suriname – Tanzania – Togo – Tonga – Trinidad and Tobago – Tuvalu – Vanuatu – Zambia – Zimbabwe