AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya

AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya promotes agricultural innovation in Kenyan youth, contributing to the country’s food security.

About the Challenge

The challenge is an initiative of Heifer Kenya, which is working closely with E4Impact Foundation (E4I) to run the competition from June to December 2022. E4Impact Foundation will employ its expertise in business acceleration to develop a strategic direction for youth, agriculture and technology in line with Heifer Kenya’s mission and approach.

Kenya’s agriculture industry is the backbone of its economy. However, young Kenyans, who represent more than half of the national labor force, remain almost entirely excluded from this significant industry. This is due to challenges such as negative perceptions of agriculture, lack of awareness of agribusiness value chains and limited opportunities offered by new technologies and innovative business models.

Young people have the potential to significantly reduce poverty and establish Kenya as one of the key players in agricultural markets. AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya will support the agricultural innovation needed to make this happen.

  • Enterprises can expect to receive the following:

    1. Customized training boot camps at the various levels of the challenge

    2. Technical assistance at the various levels of the challenge to strengthen the minimum viable product and the business and financial model of the start-up

    3. Coaching and mentorship, personalized to unpack training into business implementation

    4. Links to financial and investment opportunities

    5. Networking opportunities to showcase your solution and meet with investors and other stakeholders

    6. Cash prize awards of a total of KSh. 1,750,000.00 for the top three winners:

    • Winner: KSh 1M

    • First Runner-Up KSh 500,000

    • Second Runner-Up: KSh 250,000

    1. Customized three-month incubation program for top 15 finalists

    1. Early-stage start-up (fewer than three years old)

    2. Established or already registered in Kenya

    3. Provides an innovative agri-tech solution that responds to the needs of the agri-value chain at various levels (e.g., production, aggregation, post-harvest losses, value addition, marketplace, financing, etc.) and has a strong potential to scale

    4. Has a focus on impacting the lives of smallholder farmers

    Priority will be given to start-ups with a minimum viable product and no prior experience in an enterprise support program (incubation or acceleration programs etc.).

  • The call for applications is open until 14 July 2022 EAT.

     If you are interested, click here to apply – https://bit.ly/AYuTeKechallenge

    Any queries? Please contact AYuTe@heifer.org

  • The 1st stage of the challenge will run between July to mid-August 2022 to identify the top 80 Agri-tech innovators. The 2nd stage will be in August 2022 to identify the top 30 Agri-tech innovators. The 3rd stage from August to September 2022 will help to identify the top 15 Agri-tech innovators. The top 3 enterprises will be awarded cash prizes at an awards ceremony.

  • AYuTe Kenya challenge

    Who runs AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya? AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya is an initiative of Heifer Kenya, which works closely with E4Impact Foundation (E4I) to run the challenge.

    How long will the challenge run? The challenge will run for three months, during which it will select three agri-tech innovators to be awarded the top prizes (winner, first runner-up, second runner-up). The top 15 finalists will be offered the opportunity to join a three-month incubation program.

    How many stages are there? The first stage of the challenge, from July to mid-August 2022, will identify the top 80 Agri-tech innovators. The second stage, in August 2022, will identify the top 30 Agri-tech innovators. The third stage, from August to September 2022, will help to identify the top 15 Agri-tech innovators. The top three enterprises will be awarded cash prizes at an awards ceremony.

    Is the competition only open to Kenyan businesses? Yes, only enterprises to be registered or already registered in Kenya or those with at least one Kenyan co-founder are eligible to apply for this program.

    What stage of businesses can apply? Enterprises in early-stage start-up (fewer than three years old). Priority will be given to start-ups with a minimum viable product but with no previous experience in an enterprise support program (incubation or acceleration programs etc.).

    What kind of innovations do you expect the enterprises to be providing? Your enterprise should be providing an innovative agri-tech solution that responds to the needs of the agri-value chain at various levels (e.g., production, aggregation, post-harvest losses, value addition, marketplace, financing etc.).

    What program benefits do enterprises receive through the program? Challenge applicants can expect to receive the following benefits:

    1. Customized training bootcamps at the various levels of the challenge

    2. Technical assistance at the various levels of the challenge to strengthen the MVP and the business and financial model of the start-up

    3. Coaching and mentorship, personalized to unpack training into business implementation

    4. Links to financial and investment opportunities

    5. Networking opportunities to showcase your solution and meet with investors and other stakeholders

    6. Cash prize awards of a total of KSh. 1,750,000.00 for the top three winners:

    • Winner: KSh. 1M

    • First Runner-Up: KSh. 500,000

    • Second Runner-Up: KSh. 250,000

    1. Customized three-month incubation program for the top 15 finalists.

    Your Application

    How do I enter AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya? To apply, fill in the online application form here: https://bit.ly/AYuTeKechallenge

    Before submitting your application, make sure that you:

    1. Familiarize yourself with the AYuTe Africa Challenge Kenya requirements and the eligibility criteria

    2. Fill out the application form with as many details as possible

    3. Apply before 14 July 2022 at 11.59 pm EAT

    Is my application saved automatically? Yes.

    Is the entry to the competition confidential? Yes. Any information provided in the application will be confidential.