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 you r 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.

Ready for the challenge?

 

From April 9th – May 18 th 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.

Benefits

The participants benefit from workshops, training sessions, innovation jams and remote coaching to improve their ideas and turn them into a business plan that is ready to be implemented. The winner of the challenge will receive matching funding from  the Postharvest Network to realize their plans, up to a maximum of  €20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The challenge is open for Nigerian or Beninese SMEs that are active in the agri/food sector. Enterprise is formally registered in Nigeria. Enterprise is an ‘SME’: a company with less than 250 employees. Enterprise exists for at least 2   years and has a minimum turnover of 5.000,00 euros per year. Enterprise is producing food products and/or provides services to a food value chain in Nigeria. The food value chain enterprise is participating in/offering services to provides food for the Nigerian market or its neighbouring countries. The enterprise has identified one person who will participate on behalf of the enterprise. The participant is able to travel to and be present in Ibadan and/or Lagos during the events of the Food Connection Challenge. The application provides enough concrete information to make a qualitative evaluation possible

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Food Connection Challenge 2018.