Have an innovative business working in the agricultural sector? Apply for the Pitch AgriHack 2021 competition today!

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) and Heifer International invite African businesses to the seventh edition of  Pitch AgriHack 2021 to pitch their approach to driving technological innovation in the agriculture sector.  The competition will identify and amplify efforts by young innovators to build resilience beyond COVID-19 through digital agriculture products and services. Generation Africa, a thematic platform of the AGRF, will host the competition, which global development organization Heifer International sponsors.


Why should your company participate in the competition?

Pitch AgriHack 2021 aims to accelerate digital agriculture entrepreneurship led by young innovators to grow their businesses. Eight winners will be selected from two categories to benefit as follows:

  • Cash prizes for early-stage, mature/growth-stage and women-led businesses
  • Grant funding for scaling up under a fourth invite-only category
  • A one-day boot camp for top contestants preparing for final pitches, with winners receiving continued support as they develop and grow their enterprises
  • Publication of business and individual profiles online to be shared with the investor community
  • Featured as winners at the AGRF Summit, which will be held from September 6-10 in Nairobi


Who is eligible for the competition?

The competition is open to companies in the early-stage, growth-stage, or women-led AgTechs with innovative solutions for smallholder farmers. Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a clear and defined description of how their solution is impacting smallholder farmers
  • Demonstrate a strong organizational and operational structure
  • Be aged 18-40 on the day of submission
  • Hold nationality (with official identity card) from any of the 54 nations of the African Union
  • Be the founder/co-founder of the enterprise represented in the competition and play an active role in its operations and leadership
  • Have no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony or other offences
  • Should not be a previous Pitch AgriHack finalist or winner

Twelve finalists, including six women-led businesses and six others, will be selected to attend training sessions for a virtual final pitching contest.


How to apply

Eligible entrepreneurs can apply here.

Deadline: 16th August 2021

For details, visit Pitch AgriHack | Generation Africa (genafrica.org)


About the organizers

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)  is Africa’s most visible and well-attended high-level agricultural and food security event. The AGRF aims to create and sustain effective partnerships geared towards the transformation of African agriculture. The AGRF brings together stakeholders to discuss innovative and practical ways to promote increased agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers.

Generation Africa seeks to inspire and support young agri-food entrepreneurs across Africa and the world to create and scale vibrant businesses. A key goal of our work is to create a new narrative about the opportunity of the agri-food sector and build a more robust ecosystem for youth entrepreneurship in Africa’s agri-food and agri-tech sector. We achieve this through an annual GoGettaz Campaign, linked to the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize competition.

Heifer International is a global non-profit that eradicates poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based, holistic community development. Heifer has been working in Africa for over 47 years and is currently implementing an agricultural transformation initiative to catalyze the strategic shift needed to secure a sustainable and dynamic future for Africa’s smallholder farmers and agricultural sector.