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Transforming Egypt’s Agricultural Landscape Through International Solutions

The AgriTech4Egypt Innovation Challenge is a program designed for early-stage agri-tech innovation teams looking to deploy their ventures in the Egyptian market.

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About the Program

By sourcing and growing agri-food and climate-tech solutions from national and international innovators, the AgriTech4Egypt Innovation Challenge aims to transform Egypt’s agricultural landscape, aligning with the country’s 2030 Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy.

The program aims to provide a platform for Egyptian and international innovators in agri-tech to validate and deploy their solutions in the Egyptian market.

The Program in Numbers

25 startups

to take part in an immersive bootcamp

15 startups

to be accelerated

6 months

of validation and support

300,000 EGP

as an equity-free grant

The Program’s Timeline

April 28, 2024

Application deadline

April 28, 2024

May, 2024

Selection of the innovation teams

(shortlisting 25 teams)

May, 2024

May, 2024

4-day Bootcamp in Cairo

(25 shortlisted innovation teams will participate in the bootcamp)

May, 2024

June 2024 – October 2024

Acceleration program

(15 shortlisted startups will benefit from this program)

June 2024 – October 2024

November 2024

Online demo day

November 2024

Starting November

Post-acceleration support

Starting November

The Program's Goals

The AgriTech4Egypt Innovation Challenge seeks to identify, support, and fund promising agri-food and climate-tech solutions that align with Egypt’s 2030 Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy. It aims to drive sustainable agricultural transformation in Egypt, fostering resilience and food security for the future.

Reasons to Join

The participating startups should be working on an innovative solution in at least one of following sectors of the Egyptian market.

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the Egyptian agricultural landscape

  • Benefit from a fully funded, 4-day immersive BootCamp

  • Connect with a network of international partners and agribusinesses

  • Receive expert guidance from CGIAR scientists and industry experts

  • Access a sponsored acceleration program, combining entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, and validation

  • Receive up to 300,000 EGP to test and validate your solution with end-users in Egypt

  • Gain exposure to investors and market opportunities
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    Eligibility Criteria

    The AgriTech4Egypt Innovation Challenge is open to national (Egyptian) and international innovation teams that meet the below criteria:

    • Are at the pre-commercial or conceptual stage with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or Proof of Concept (POC)

    • Have developed an innovative solution that addresses a real market demand in Egypt

    • Are the sole inventors and copyright holders of the solution 

    • Are motivated practitioners, entrepreneurs, students, researchers, or CGIAR scientists committed to adopting an entrepreneurial approach to their innovation

    • Are either a registered company or affiliated to a research institute/center or university  

    • Are fully committed to the program and are ready to travel to Egypt for on-ground activities

    • Can clearly articulate how the technology relates to one or more of CGIAR’s  Impact Areas  or  research activities 

    • Have at least two members who are proficient in English

      The Program's Priority Areas

      The participating innovation teams startups should be working on an innovative solution that falls under at least one of the following priority areas:

      Digital agriculture and precision farming

      Agri-finance solutions

      Sustainable value chain development

      Capacity-building tools

      Efficient irrigation water management

      Ready to grow your agri-tech solution in the Egyptian market?

      Application deadline is extended until April 28, 2024

      The AgriTech4Egypt Innovation Challenge is organized as part of the CGIAR Regional Integrated Initiative, Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa (F2R-CWANA). It is powered by CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP) and co-organized with CGIAR Centers–The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ICARDA, IWMI, and IFPRI–the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) of Egypt, Chemonics Egypt Consultants, and Berytech. This project is endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt (MOHESR) and supported by PRIMA, Climate Resilient Africa Fund (CRAF), ALEX BANK, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), and CGIAR Initiatives and units operating in the MENA region.

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      Your idea or solution should embody a potential innovation in technology or the business model, avoiding any sense of being over-represented or clichéd. Moreover, the idea should carry significant impact, whether it’s on economic, social, environmental, or other relevant aspects.

      By integrating one of the various technology components within your product, service, or process. This includes components such as hardware, software, IOT, low tech, biotechnology and life science, robotics and animation, nanotechnology, etc.

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