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Submit Your Entry For The Africa Agribusiness Competition For Youth
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May 23, 2014, 04:51:48 PM
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WHO WE ARE
Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.
Enactus Kenya is a community of students, academia and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives. For the last 12 years, Enactus Kenya has organized 12 university business competitions and successfully presented national champions at World Cup at various cities across the world.

THE 2014 COMPETITION
The Africa Agribusiness Competition targets youth aged 18 – 30 years and has two parts: an essay (or Business Idea Competition) and video clips (or Agribusiness Messaging Competition) Its objectives are to promote new business opportunities in crop value chains in Africa; raise awareness of opportunities in agriculture; identify wealth creation activities among communities in Africa and make agriculture “cool” for the youth.

THE BUSINESS IDEA COMPETITION
This will focus on selected crop value chains. A crop value chain entails all the activities involved in crop production from farm to fork. These would include farm inputs, logistics, product processing, packaging, marketing and sales to the end consumer.
The contestants are required to select either one staple crop (Rice, Maize or Cassava) or one cash crop (Vegetables or Potatoes). The contestant needs to identify a bottleneck or problem that makes the particular crop’s value chain ineffective and/or inefficient. They must then propose a replicable, practical idea/solution that has the potential to make a step-change improvement in the chosen value chain.

THE AGRIBUSINESS MESSAGING COMPETITION
The contestants are required to develop a multimedia agricultural messaging that targets the youth. The messaging should have as its objective how to make agriculture “Cool” among African youth. Each contestant is required to submit a 3 minute video clip that promotes agriculture as a cool option for the youth to venture in. The liberty to design the clip format lies wholly with the contestant.

WHY PARTICIPATE
To win cash awards
To showcase your “Agriculture Is Cool” ideas
To network with potential employers and access internship opportunities
To contribute ideas towards food security
To receive mentorship to grow your agribusiness idea
To enjoy fully paid recognition dinner (25 semi-finalists) in Nairobi, Kenya.
To participate in the gala event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (6 finalists).
To showcase your agribusiness idea to potential investors
Receive certified recognition and become a member of the Young Africa Agribusiness alumni
An opportunity to network
Have fun

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
All submissions must be in English language
African youth aged 18 to 30 Years
The idea MUST be original (no plagiarism)
One contestant, One Business Idea Competition, centered on One Crop Value Chain (For Business Idea Competition)
One contestant, One THREE MINUTE video clip entry (For The Agribusiness Messaging Competition)
One contestant, One THREE MINUTE video clip entry (For The Agribusiness Messaging Competition)
Group Submissions of teams of up to THREE Members is allowed. However, only one person is allowed to do the submissions while the other two are recognized as team members.
The idea must be sustainable. It must lead to the realization of increased crop yields whilst controlling the amount of waste; have a positive impact on the environment while embracing biodiversity; and genuinely having the potential to reduce poverty through both generating wealth in local communities and improving consumer health.

visit: http://www.agribiz4africa.com to submit your entry

Entry Deadline: June 10, 2014
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IMPORTANT DATES

 May – June 10, 2014
Registration and submission of the Agri-Business Idea essays and Agriculture Video Message Clips

 June 10 – 17, 2014
Screening of entries to select best 200 essays

 June 21 – 25, 2014
Syngenta – Enactus (K) Agribusiness Messaging Academy selects best 20 video clips.

 July 1 – 25, 2014
25 Agribusiness Idea Finalists receive USD 1,000 Grants to test out their ideas in the field

 July 30, 2014
Final submission of the field-tested Agribusiness ideas from the 25 finalists

 August 11 – 20, 2014
Final Round Judging for Agribusiness Idea and Agriculture Video Messaging Competition.

 August 29, 2014
Pre- Finals Gala in Nairobi Kenya to announce finalists

 September 2014
Boot-Camp training for Finalists, Pitching of Ideas and Award Ceremony for Winners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


 

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