Agape Ishabakaki

Agape Ishabakaki

About Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP)

Funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP) was launched in 2019 to build a network and connect high-quality tech hubs from both continents to explore opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships resulting in collaboration, exchange, and growth.

The AEIP has recently launched an ongoing Cleantech thematic challenge whereby startups from Africa and Europe leveraging clean energy and deploying solutions that decarbonize energy production to boost renewable and energy efficiency, are asked to send an email to eu-africa@servicefacility.eu to learn more about how to participate in this challenge.

 

Objective

The objective of the thematic challenge is to match startups and scale-ups from Africa and Europe developing similar Cleantech solutions to each other, in order to boost renewable energy and decarbonized energy production and transmission collaboration between Africa and Europe.

 

Benefits

Benefits: The AEIP team will support matched African and Europe startup and scale-up pairs to co-create complementary innovative Cleantech solutions by introducing them to African and European corporates that can mentor and support them to collaborate and explore new markets.

 

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for applicants:

– African and European startups and scale-ups working on Cleantech solutions (power – renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture);

– Cleantech startups and scale-ups interested in working with a partner startup or scale up from the other region.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 22:22

Global AgriInno Challenge 2020

Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 is coming!

Join us now, and you will have the chance to share information and enhance your knowledge on smart agriculture, innovation, and start-up practice through a unique global network composed of United Nations’ mentors, leading angel investors, academic experts, and youth agripreneurs from the global agri-food sector.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Zhejiang University, are co-organizing the Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 to harness innovation solutions in response to the challenges associated with ‘distribution and sales of agri-food products’.

 

Please submit your team’s application by 17 October 2020 (24:00 CEST).

The selected teams will be invited to further develop and pitch their digital development solutions in Zhejiang Province, China on 27-28 November 2020 with all relevant expenses covered. Winning teams will be granted seed funding, and the opportunity to participate in a one-week agro-Bootcamp and world study tour. So, are you ready to join us?

Remote participation is an option for international teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the guidelines below and register your team now!

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact global_agriinno_challenge@zju.edu.cn, copying lu.jiang@fao.org.

 

1. Background

The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges to feed the projected 9.6 billion people who will inhabit the planet by 2050, requiring a 60% increase in food. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in severe economic and social distress around the world, including negative impacts on agri-food systems. Logistic transportation and sale channels have been seriously hindered, while the demand for agricultural products has increased dramatically.

On the other hand, innovation, digital technology, and entrepreneurship have become even more important in accelerating and the transformation of agri-food systems, by increasing productivity and effectiveness. All these efforts contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During this process, youth plays an important role and therefore it is essential to provide support with digital innovative solutions.

Aimed at identifying, accelerating, and scaling-up youth-led innovative business models and digital solutions to unlock the potentials of agri-food innovation to address the challenges of distribution and sales of agri-food products, FAO, in partnership with Zhejiang University is organizing the 2020 Global AgriInno Challenge implementing the following actions:

a) sharing the latest information, knowledge, and best practices in agri-food innovation, technology, and business models;

b) building an enabling environment through Public-Private-Partnership and co-creation opportunities with diverse participants, practitioners, and experts;

c) engaging and empowering the young agripreneurs and innovators to tackle development challenges through FAO and partners’ global network and continuous support during and after the innovation challenge.

 

2. Benefits for participation

The selected teams to attend the final competition in China will benefit from:

  • 2-day professional development on around your team’s solution through an approach of co-creation with other young agripreneurs/innovators and experienced experts worldwide. All expenses for attending this final competition in China will be covered, including a) travel expenses: round-trip flight and/or train; local transportation fee (taxi/bus/subway); b) accommodation and meals; c) visa application fees as applicable for international participants.
  • The access to open data sets from FAO and other partners.
  • Advice from experienced experts from UN, international organizations, the private sector, and academia, and the chance to have a dialogue with high-level representatives from leading companies and organizations.
  • The chance to meet top angel investors from venture capital funds and business leaders in the agri-food sector who may invest in your solutions.
  • The chance to build your global network in smart agriculture with a multitude of stakeholders.
  • The top winner teams will receive seed funding (the amount will be communicated at later stage).
  • The top winner teams will have the opportunity to join a one-week agro-bootcamp and World Study Tour (training, travel and accommodation covered) in 2021 to visit FAO and meet world leading companies and organizations in the agri-food innovation sector.

 

3. Who can apply?

The Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 is open for all youth with digital innovations or ideas for agri-food sector. English and Chinese are the two working languages during the Global AgriInno Challenge 2020. However, all the proposals and presentations will be conducted in English. The selection criteria for the final competition in China are as follows:

  • The team has registered as a company or the project has been operational for 2-5 years.
  • The theme of this year is distribution and sales of agri-food products.
  • The team needs to harness digital technology to solve a problem relating to agri-food products distribution and sales.
  • Teams with female agripreneurs are highly encouraged.
  • One leader of the group must be below 35 years old.
  • Each team should be composed of minimum 2 people, maximum 5 people to participate on-site.
  • The feasibility and ability of the technology to solve the problem of the distribution and sales of agri-food products must be clearly presented.
  • The possibility of replication or scaling-up the business model must be demonstrated.

Note: Any adjustments to the rules will be updated through http://www.fao.org/e-agriculture/. Also, all the participants will be notified in time through e-mails.

Ideally, the team should be composed of the following skill set:

  • Human-centered design
  • Agri-food products distribution and sales
  • Agri-food business models development
  • Software programming/data engineering

 

4. How to apply?

The team leader needs to fill the Application Form, with the Digital Development Solution (in PPT format) and a video, sending these to global_agriinno_challenge@zju.edu.cn and copying lu.jiang@fao.org by 17 October 2020 (24:00 CEST).

The documentation to submit should include (in English):

  • Application Form(you may scan QR code on itme 8 or download through attachment to get the application form)
  • Digital Development Solution (PowerPoint of max 12 slides, up to 250 words per slide, Microsoft YaHei Font,fontsize not less than 16)
  • Summary of the solution (up to 250 words)
  • Mission, vision, values of the project (the type of agriculture activity/sub-sector targeted)
  • Problem identification
  • Technical model
  • Timing justification (Why is this moment the best time?)
  • Business plan
  • Financial situation (capital raised, capital needed, revenue analysis)
  • Phased development planning
  • 1-2 minutes long video explaining: Why should your team be selected? Answer this question in a 1-2 minutes long video.Upload the video online to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Google Cloud, Youku, Baidu Cloud or other) and share the address of the link.

 

5. Timelines

6. Mentors & Juries

  • Coaches: senior innovation process facilitators and advisers in entrepreneurship.
  • Academic experts: FAO, Zhejiang University and other stakeholders in the field of smart agriculture and innovation.
  • Business mentors: business leaders from top companies in agribusiness related sectors; angel investors from top venture capital funds with extensive investment experience in smart agriculture.
  • Juries: professional experts, investors and business leaders in the agri-food sector.

 

7. Organizational Structure

Host: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Zhejiang University

National Agricultural Science & Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Alliance, China

Supporter: Pinduoduo Inc.

 

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 22:15

Youth Agripreneur AgriPitch Competition

About the African Development Bank’s Youth Agripreneur AgriPitch Competition

The African Development Bank’s Youth Agripreneur AgriPitch Competition and DealRoom connect expansion-ready, youth-led African businesses with global investors (debt, equity, and/or grant). The DealRoom focuses on youth-led agribusinesses under the themes of nutrition and gender inclusivity. The goal of the AgriPitch Competition and DealRoom is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture among youth in Africa and to generate jobs, create wealth, and improve livelihoods through inclusive growth across the continent.

African companies that meet the criteria below are encouraged to submit their deal information for review by the Bank’s and Asoko Insight’s data teams. Qualified businesses will be promoted through the Asoko portal to global investors for matching. Interested investors can match with any deal by registering their profile and selecting target deals.
AgriPitch Competition

Shortlisted businesses will participate in a virtual AgriPitch Competition from November 16-20, 2020, where winners will be chosen based on different categories under consideration. The African Development Bank will award shortlisted businesses between US$10,000 and US$40,000 in the form of grant capital (US$120,000 in total is committed).

The African Development Bank is a leading multilateral development finance institution. The Bank has 81 member countries and is headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The evaluation criteria for successful applications are also below.

 

Applicant Evaluation Criteria

All applicants should consider these criteria carefully as they build out their profiles for submission.

 

Value Proposition and Innovation Rationale (30% weighting):

Value Proposition and Innovation Rationale (30% weighting):

  • How creative is the idea or how creatively the idea solves a problem related to ICT and agri-digitization?
  • Gender responsiveness
  • Addresses nutrition
  • Job creation potential
  • Competitive edge

 

Sustainability and Scalability (20% weighting):

  • Sound environmental management systems
  • Potential for scaling-up
  • Sufficient and qualified staff, including management

 

Business Feasibility & Traction (30% weighting):

  • Clear customer pain/need intensity and market size
  • Commercial and technically feasible with strong profit margins
  • Existing traction and customers (for matured start-ups)

 

Professionalism and Presentation of Business (5% weighting):

  • Structure and presentation of the business model
  • Ease of comprehension of the business
  • Strong writing/presentation skills

 

Investment Appeal (15% weighting):

  • Investment pull based on respective early start-up, matured start-up, and all-star stage

 

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 21:39

GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech

About the GSMA Innovative Funding

The GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and social enterprises in Africa and Asia that are driving the digital inclusion of people with disabilities by addressing one or more of the following barriers:

  • Access;
  • Affordability;
  • Relevance;
  • Knowledge and skills; and
  • Safety and security.

Successful projects will receive an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15- to 18-month period.

Today, over one billion people need at least one form of assistive technology (AT), but around 90 percent do not have adequate access to the AT they require. Digital assistive technologies, particularly mobile-based ATs, have the potential to be a valuable and cost-effective tool for people with disabilities. This fund aims to support the innovators of digital ATs and projects that advance the digital inclusion of people with disabilities and advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Funded projects will focus on reducing the gap in access and usage of mobile-enabled products or services, and will look to demonstrate commercially sustainable models that can be scaled and replicated in similar markets.

We’re particularly interested in start-ups, SMEs, and social enterprises that have entrepreneurs with disabilities, female founders, local entrepreneurs, and those who can proactively demonstrate their solution reaches women, in addition to people with disabilities, or have solutions that disproportionately and actively reach more women users.

 

Deadline 

Applications are open until 23:59 BST Friday, 16 October. If you would like to know more about this round of the GSMA Innovation Fund, you will find more detail in the links below:

If you have any further questions, please email GSMAIF@gsma.com

Source: GSMA website

 

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:19

CHANGING CONSUMER SPENDING HABBIT

With the rise of contactless card and mobile payments, there’s no denying that consumer spending habits are changing as technology continues to evolve, with contactless payments now making up over 50% of all card payments. The question that will be on many business minds over the next few months, however, will be “How will this impact my consumer relations?” Contactless Technology. It’s been less than a decade since Barclaycard introduced their contactless technology to the UK, but already we’ve seen a contactless adoption rise at a rapid pace, with contactless already making up 51% of card payments, a 90% boost in usage in the past year alone. Read more

Monday, 03 July 2017 09:04

NASA detects drop in global fires

The ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop not only in the use of fire on local lands but in the prevalence of fire worldwide, researchers found. Globally, the total acreage burned by fires each year declined by 24 percent between 1998 and 2015, according to a new paper in Science that analyzes NASA's satellite data, as well as population and socioeconomic information. The decline in burned lands was largest in savannas and grasslands, where fires are essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems and habitat conservation. Readmore

An Israeli company will oversee $1 billion worth of solar field projects in Africa, harnessing the power of the sun, even as Israel itself struggles to bring its own plans for large solar fields online. The massive deal to install the solar panels is part of an agreement that came out of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Liberia to attend the Economic Community of West African States on Sunday.

Jerusalem-based Energiya Global’s deal will start with a $20 million solar field next to Liberia’s main airport producing 10 megawatts of power, and eventually expand to other ECOWAS countries, though further fields are still in the preliminary planning stages. Energiya Global CEO Yossi Abramowitz, who was in Liberia with Netanyahu and was part of Israel’s negotiating team for the COP21 Paris Climate Accords, said Israel’s legacy of bureaucracy and its struggling infrastructure mean that the deals Energiya Global is inking with African countries will put those countries ahead of Israel in terms of percentage of renewable energy consumption. Read more

Vayyar has developed sensors that can detect and visually display – in three dimensions – what lies on the other side of any surface. From detecting breast cancer cells through the skin, to finding people on search and rescue missions – this technology can change the way we interact with the world, and save lives. Designed to see through materials, objects and even liquids, Vayyar’s sensors look through known barriers to deliver 3D images. Its technology can see through skin and tissue to detect cancer masses, look through walls and create a 3D image of hidden structural foundations; or, it can be used to create a smart home that tracks the location of persons needing care, as well as their vital signs as they move around the house.

Its 3D sensors rely on antennae that are constantly sending out radio frequency signals to create a 3D map of the environment. The signals travel through objects, detecting their location, size, movement, and makeup. Granted, radio frequency sensors have been around for a while; but Vayyar’s advantage comes from the quantity of antennae that can transmit and receive many signals at once, and the strength of the algorithms used to interpret the data. The startup packed these antennae into a compact, inexpensive system – which would be priced at a fraction of the cost of an MRI system – giving Vayyar an edge over other, more expensive and unwieldy technologies. Read more

The rapid pace of technological advancement is allowing more content to be created in more ways. Also, with the rise of automation, more people will be able to pursue creative endeavors. Automation will force most people out of a job and society will eventually be forced to adopt some form of universal basic income. What then? What are people going to do when they no longer have to work?. Initially, it seems like a nice problem to have as it will free people to do what they really want to do with their lives. But we define ourselves by how we contribute to society, for most people their career is the answer to who they are and what they do. Read more

In February & March  2017, we asked our community to upload and share data and publications through RDNPlatform.com to win one-year free business membership plan with the value equivalent to $500(Business plan benefits). The competition was designed to make data easily accessible, freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone.  Here is the story of our winners, Richard and Rutagwelera

Richard Mmassy

Country: Tanzania

Occupation: Freelancer researcher and consultant. 

Area of specialization: Economics and Data management

He is a graduate student in Master of Economics at University of Dar es Salaam. He managed to upload a quite good number of data within the system. There are really good and quality works. We appreciate for his wonderful efforts put. The following are the data uploaded to the RDN database: - Export and Import data for Tanzania, Regional tax statistics, National Tax Statistics, Local Government Authority Grants and revenue collection, Finscope Consumer and MSME Survey Data and Financial Programming Data

  

Rutagwelera G. Mutakyahwa

Country: Tanzania

Occupation: Chief Executive Officer - ROMME CENTER. 

Specialist in: Resource Mobilization & Fund Raising, Microfinancing & Finacial Management, Conference & Workshop Facilitation, Entrepreneurship Development, Civil Society & NGO Management, Performance/ Impact Evaluation &OCA and HRM & OD

Data uploaded: Transforming informal sectors research report.  It is great information for societies to read and digest the work done by professionals. The information which was added is The Transforming informal Sectors. It is a wonderful work uploaded for the public so as to learn challenges and solutions of informal sectors in Tanzania.

 

All data uploaded available in our database https://www.rdnplatform.com/rdn-statistic.htm  

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