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CURAD and Swisscontact award 27 final winners of the National Agribusiness Innovation Challenge 2018

National Agribusiness Innovation Challenge 2018

CURAD and Swisscontact organized the final award Gala on the 9th November 2019 at Imperial Royale Hotel for 27 young people who emerged winners of the National Agribusiness Innovation Challenge 2018. The gala was presided over by the State Minister for Finance Planning and Economic Development, Hon. David Bahati. The minister applauded Swisscontact and CURAD for championing this innovation challenge.

“As government, we recognize the role played by development partners in advancing agribusiness in Uganda. I would like to commit that government will consider revising taxes for business startups to facilitate establishment and growth especially for young agripreneurs”.

 

On the left side: 

Kato Enock - Overall winner of the 2018 challenge, and category winner for the Best Coffee Trade Idea making his remarks.

 

 

The challenge run from 12th July 2018 to 9th November 2018 attracting over 450 applicants from all regions of Uganda. The applications were assessed by a team of independent experts and as a result, 71 applicants with potential business ideas were selected.

The selected applicants received training by Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) and Billbrain Technologies in pitching and e-marketing respectively. A final judging event was held on 8th November 2018 in which 27 young people with exceedingly promising business ideas were selected in the different categories.

 

This years’ challenge registered unique and innovative ideas in the 8 categories of Best horticulture group, Best start-up enterprise, Best student enterprise, Best coffee trade idea, Best agribusiness Enterprise using ICT, Best Climate smart enterprise, new coffee product, and Best-established enterprise. 

 

 

On the left side: 

The Hon. Minister for Finance David Bahati awarding Kahwa Luke under the Best Coffee Trade Idea category.

 

 

 

The end goal of the challenge was to provide winning businesses with incubation support, human resources, capacity-building and start-up or expansion capital though CURAD’s incubation program. The challenge mainly targeted young people (both in and out of school) between the ages of 18 - 35 years in the agribusiness sector across the country.

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