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 should be aged between 18 – 35 years , and be nationals of, and resident in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries signatories of the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union. See list below. 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 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 plate-forme.
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 co-founder should 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 should be female), the person attending should be a woman (the age criteria also prevails).
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. 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 a month before the finale.
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. Read details on prizes and benefits for best participants on the “Benefits” page.
Communication languages during the Final in Rwanda 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 ACP countries
ACP countries, signatories of the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union, are : 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 – Equatorial Guinea – Eritrea – Ethiopia – Fiji – Gabon – The Gambia – Ghana – Grenada –Guinea – Guinea-Bissau – Guyana – Haiti – Jamaica – Kenya – Kiribati – Lesotho – Liberia – Madagascar – Malawi – Mali – Marshall Islands – Mauritius – Mauritania – Federated States of Micronesia – 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 – Sudan – Suriname – Swaziland – Tanzania – Togo – Tonga – Trinidad and Tobago – Tuvalu – Vanuatu – Zambia – Zimbabwe