2023 AYuTe Africa Challenge Nigeria Programme for Early-Stage Nigerian Start-ups (USD 20,000 cash award)

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The AYuTe Africa Challenge Nigeria is a business development initiative developed by Heifer International and administered by Wennovation Hub with the goal of identifying, fostering, and aiding innovative, relevant, and technology-driven agric-centric firms to grow, expand, and thrive. The AYuTe Africa Challenge Nigeria is a business development initiative developed by Heifer International and administered by Wennovation Hub.

Candidates must be early-stage or growth-stage youth-led agritech businesses/companies with unique solutions that have a large effect on smallholder farmers.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 on the last day for submissions to the AYuTe Nigeria competition.
  • Be a youth with creative ideas that advocate the agriculture industry.
  • Have ideas that have been proven to alleviate societal issues and that are implementable, technically possible, economically sound (affordable), and ecologically pleasant (eco-friendly).
  • Possess Nigerian nationality and formal identification (national identity card, permanent voters’ card, or International Passport).
  • Get ready the venture’s financial statements.
  • Be the founder or co-founder of the firm represented in the competition and actively participate in its operations and leadership.
  • Have no criminal history of corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, crime, or other offenses.
  • Possess the potential to collaborate and form partnerships with other stakeholders.

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The company must have:

  • Registered/incorporated with the appropriate Nigerian government agencies
  • The capacity to expand and affect a large number of smallholder farmers, including documented evidence of an impact on smallholder farmers’ revenue and/or operations.
  • The potential of reducing poverty and generating jobs
  • Alignment with pertinent international agreements and national programs (such as the SDGs)
  • An identified technology advancement that solves the following issues for smallholder farmers:
  • Productivity of small-scale farmers
  • income of small-scale farmers
  • Operations’ labor requirements
  • Resilience
  • Strong competitive advantage

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Applicants for the Challenge can expect the following benefits:

  • Coaching and mentorship, tailored to the top five finalists, to help them translate their training into business implementation.
  • Technical help at various levels of the challenge to develop the MVP and the start-up’s commercial and financial model
  • Links to financial and investment possibilities
  • Networking opportunities to demonstrate your idea and connect with investors and other stakeholders
  • A total of $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners:
  • The grand prize is $10,000.
  • First Runner-Up: $6,000
  • Second Runner-Up: $4,000


  • The application period will run from 17th July to 31st July.
  • The top 10 agritech innovators will thus be identified, and the top five agritech innovators will be identified in the subsequent stage.
  • At a pitch and awards presentation, the top three businesses will be awarded cash prizes.

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Application Documents

Before you begin your registration, please have the following materials ready:

  1. Soft copy of any National Official ID (national identity card, international passport, driver’s license, or temporary/permanent voters’ card)
  2. Soft copy of a clear headshot photo

For More Information,

Application Deadline: 31st July 2023

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