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/teams with a working ICT application can participate.
d) Applications that have won previous AgriHack Talent hackathons AND have already benefited from a CTA grant or contract (apart from the cash prize won) are not eligible to be part of the 2016 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 in Kenya. It is envisaged to select in total 25 – 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. 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. Cash 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.
The main communication language in Kenya at the event will be English.
6. Selection Committee’s Decision
Decisions taken by selection teams and organisers are final and are beyond dispute.
7. 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
NB: ACP countries
The ACP countries targeted here are those that have signed the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement : 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