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.