AYuTe Africa Challenge Uganda

Compete for a chance to win a share of UGX100,000,000 in grant prize funding.

About the Challenge

AYuTe Africa Challenge Uganda is Uganda's most ambitious agriculture competition. We identify agricultural and innovative tech ideas with the potential to address the challenges of smallholder farmers in Uganda, such as strengthening food security and improving production, income, resilience and access to finance.

The annual AYuTe Africa Challenge Uganda will award cash grants to the most promising young agri-tech innovators in Uganda.

Our support doesn't end there. We will also deploy a team of expert advisers — accomplished business veterans — to support AYuTe National Champions in Uganda to succeed in agricultural value chains and impact the lives of smallholder farmers in Uganda.

AYuTe Africa Challenge Uganda is brought to you by Heifer International Uganda in partnership with NTV, RSM East Africa, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Famunera and Mastercard Foundation.

    1. Be based in Uganda.

    2. Be an innovator between the ages of 18 and 35.

    3. Be a startup OR have been in business for the past three years.

    4. Have the potential to translate innovations into meaningful impact for smallholder farmers across the country.  

    5. Demonstrate that you are providing a truly innovative product or service with potential for growth and a viable market, and show that you are not duplicating something that exists in other markets.

    6. Show that there is demand among smallholder farmers for what you are providing and that your solution is affordable.

  • If you are interested, click here to apply and then follow the steps below.

    Step 1.  Record a two-minute video introducing yourself and demonstrating how your innovation works, the problem it seeks to solve, how it can potentially translate into meaningful impact for smallholder farmers across the country and how much money you would need to bring it to life.

    Ensure that the video is not longer than two minutes, has clear audio and is in MP4 format.

    Step 2. Upload your video at the link above, OR post it on your Twitter or Facebook pages and tag Heifer International Uganda using #AYuTeChallengeUg, OR send it to this WhatsApp number: +256 781 608488.

    Step 3. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to participate in a televised pitching show, with selected pitches broadcast on NTV.

    There is over UGX100,000,000 up for grabs among other prizes and development support:

    • The winner takes UGX50,000,000.

    • First runner-up takes UGX30,000,000.

    • Second runner-up takes UGX15,000,000.

    • Two consolation prizes of UGX2.5 million each.

    • Twenty agritech innovators will have premium access to Famunera Digital Export Marketplace for 12 months.

  • The 2022 call for participation in the AYuTe Africa Challenge Uganda will run from June 16 to July 14, 2022.

  • PROMOTER

    • Heifer International Uganda, having its address at Plot 1 Yusuf Lule Rd, Kampala (hereinafter the “Promoter”) organizes in partnership with Nation Media Group, Equity Bank, RSM East Africa and MasterCard Foundation; The AYuTe Africa Challenge Uganda. (the “Competition”).

    • The Competition is managed on behalf of the Promoter by Liveworks Incorporated, having its address at Kaduyu road, Kampala, Uganda (the “Agency”).
       

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The Competition is open to;

      • Ugandans aged 18 – 35 years who are innovators

      • Owners of start-up OR a business for the past three years

    • They must have the potential to translate innovations into meaningful impact for small holder farmers across the country. 

    • He/she should demonstrate that you are providing a truly innovative product or service with potential for growth, viable market and not merely duplicating something that exists in many other markets.

    • You must show that there is demand among smallholder farmers for what you are providing and that it's affordable.


    COMPETITION PERIOD

    • The term of the Competition is from June 16, 2022 to August 25, 2022, both days inclusive (the “Competition Period”).

    COMPETITION PARTICIPATION                                                            

    • The Competition is open to Eligible Innovators that meet the criteria as specified in Section (2), during the Competition Period.

    COMPETITION MECHANICS AND PRIZES

    • Record a video introducing yourself and demonstrating how the proposed innovation works; what problem it seeks to solve; how it can potentially translate into meaningful impact for smallholder farmers across the country and how much money you would need to bring it to life.

    • The video submitted must not be longer than 2 minutes. It must have clear audio and must be shared in MP4 Format. 

    • Participants must submit their videos via their Twitter or Facebook pages and tag Heifer International Uganda using #AYuTeChallengeUg. OR send it to the WhatsApp number +256 781 608488 

    • The most eligible submissions (15) will be shortlisted to participate in a televised pitching show and will be selected to be aired on NTV.

    • A total of 15 Eligible Innovators who achieve the qualifying criteria will be entered into live shows managed by a panel of judges.

    • The overall winner will be awarded a cash prize of UGX 50,000,000. The 1st runner-up will win UGX 30,000,000 and 2nd runner-up will win UGX 15,000,000.

    • There will be a total of 2 consolation prizes of UGX 2,500,000 to be awarded.

    • 20 Agritech innovators will be rewarded with premium access to Famunera Digital Export Marketplace for 12 months. 

    • The Prizes will be handed out at a Gala awards Ceremony on August 25th 2022.

    • If a Prize is not claimed within ninety (30) days from announcement of winner(s) and notification, the winner will be deemed to have forfeited the Prize.


    GENERAL RULES

    • The Eligible Participant may be required to take part in publicity related to the Competition including having his or her photograph or video taken and his or her name, nationality and country of residence being disclosed.

    • The Eligible Participant will be required to take part in a televised competition between July 19 to August 25, 2022 both dates inclusive.

    • All participants will retain intellectual property rights to their innovation and  consent forms for all involvement will be signed by the participants.

    • Any pictures depicting the Prizes on the press media such as advertisements, posters or TV commercials are illustrative and the actual Prizes may vary from the depictions. The Competition does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the products or services being offered as Prizes.

    • The Promoter disclaims any warranty or representation in relation to the Prizes and shall not be responsible for the proper functioning of the Prizes or any defect, loss or injury resulting from their use.

    • By entering the Competition, all Eligible Participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions, which shall be interpreted by the Promoter at their sole discretion. Decisions made by the Promoter in all matters to do with the Competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

    • The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the Competition at any stage if deemed necessary in its opinion or if circumstances arise outside of its control. These terms and conditions shall be subject to the laws of Uganda.