Applications are invited UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Agritech Challenge 2021.
About the Challenge
The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog (Govt. of India); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rabo Foundation; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Bayer, is launching an innovation platform to enable cross-border exchange of innovations, insights and investments.
The first initiative of the Platform is the Agritech Challenge (‘Programme’), with a focus on improving financial health of smallholder farmers. The Programme will support agritech and agri-fintech startups to expand to international markets, across Kenya, Malawi, Uganda & Zambia in Africa, and Malaysia, India & Indonesia in Asia.
The selected participants will get access to industry, investor & market linkages, along with mentorship from sector experts to help them build and test their solution in their chosen international market, with subsequent support on scaling the solution as well.
Call for Participation
Applications are invited from participants that meet the following eligibility criteria:
The applicant must address at least one of the following three identified challenge areas in their chosen international market.
- Market Access: Linkage with industry/market partners and local innovators to help co-create & pilot solution in the chosen market.
- Expansion Guidance: Guidance from innovations hubs and experts on solution framework and regulatory & compliance landscape.
- Sector Insights: Mentoring and support from a network of country and ecosystem partners around sector insights and local market linkages.
- Investor Showcase: Opportunity to connect & showcase business to an investor network and raise capital to support the scale up.
All eligible applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can apply for the challenge through this link.