Food Connection Challenge 2018 for SMEs in Nigeria and Benin

Application Deadline:May 18th 2018

Are you an SME in Nigeria or Benin, active in the agri & food sector and struggling with issues related to storing, processing, cleaning, grading, handling or transporting of (processed) agricultural products?

In 2018, the Food Connection Challenge calls upon SMEs in Nigeria and Benin to submit their innovative ideas to reduce post – harvest losses. You will benefit from workshops, training sessions, innovation jams and remote coaching to improve your ideas and turn them into a business plan that is ready to be implemented. The best plans will be pitched at a final event. If you win you will receive matching funding from the Postharvest Network to realize your plans, up to a maximum of €20,000.

The Food Connection Challenge is an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and Crosswise Works. Two separate challenges take place simultaneously in Nigeria and Benin. For more information on the challenge in Nigeria, contact Alexander Bongers  and for the challenge in Benin, contact Sedjro Mensah (mensah@bopinc.org).

Timeline:

  •  From April 9th – May 18th 2018: Register online
  • June: Selection of participants by an independent committee
  • July: Participants receive a 3 – day business training
  • September: 1 – day innovation session to improve business cases
  • September / October: Participants work on their ideas through (remote) coaching
  • November / December: Participants receive a pitch training
  • December: The grand finale, where participants present their ideas and winners are selected

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Food Connection Challenge 2018

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