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Sani Ibrahim
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,University
Agricultural economics and extension
100Level, Nigeria.
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The African Development Bank's Youth Agripreneur AgriPitch
Competition and DealRoom connects expansion-ready, youth-
Ied African businesses with global investors (debt, equity and/
or grant). The DealRoom focuses on youth-Ied 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
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, Céte d'Ivoire.
Further details regarding specific eligibility is found on the
bottom of this page in the FAQ. Evaluation criteria for
successful applications is also below.
Applicant Evaluation Criteria:
All applicants should consider this criteria carefully as they
build out their profile for submission.
Value Proposition and Innovation Rationale (30% welghtlng):
How creative is the idea or how creatively the idea solves a
problem related to ICT and agridigitization?
Gender responsiveness
Addresses nutrition
Job creation potential .
Competitive edge Sustalnablllty and Scalablllty (20%
Sound environmental management systems
Potential for scaling-up
Sufficient and qualified staff, includinc manacement
Buslness Feaslblllty & Tractlon (30% welghtlng):
Clear customer pain/need intensity and market size
Commercial and technical feasible with strong profit margins
Existing traction and customers (for matured start-ups)
Professionalism and Presentatlon of Buslness (5% welghtlng):
Structure and presentation of the business model
Ease of comprehension of the business
Strong writing/presentation skills
Investment Appeal (15% welghtlng):
Investment pull based on respective early start-up, matured
start-up, and aII-star stage
How to apply:
Are you ready to submit details on your investment
opportunity? If Yes.

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