Agritech Challenge 2021

  • 2021
  • Global
  • Smallholder farmers
Application Closed & Challenge Ongoing
Agritech Challenge 2021

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog (Govt. of India); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rabo Foundation; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Bayer, is launching an innovation platform to enable cross-border exchange of innovations, insights and investments.

The first initiative of the Platform is the Agritech Challenge (‘Programme’), with a focus on improving financial health of smallholder farmers. The Programme will support agritech and agri-fintech startups to expand to international markets, across Kenya, Malawi, Uganda & Zambia in Africa, and Malaysia, India & Indonesia in Asia.

The selected participants will get access to industry, investor & market linkages, along with mentorship from sector experts to help them build and test their solution in their chosen international market, with subsequent support on scaling the solution as well.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from participants that meet the following eligibility criteria:

A start-up registered in any of the participating countries, with at least 2 years of operations

At least: USD 150,000 average annual revenue in the last 2 years OR USD 100,000 average annual revenue in the last 3 years

Live solution with an active customer and/or user base, and not in development/testing phase. Post-program support to scale up the solution
Opportunity to be considered for a financial grant

Challenges Areas

The applicant must address at least one of the following three identified challenge areas in their chosen international market.

Low Productivity

Low Productivity

Low Productivity

Access to new technology & innovation

Climate Risk

Climate Risk

Climate Risk

Resilience against climate change and natural hazards

Inefficient Supply Chain

Inefficient Supply Chain

Inefficient Supply Chain

Reduce wastage and build transparent pricing

Why Apply ?

Participating Countries

Evaluation Criteria

All eligible applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Key Dates

22 July-10 Sep
Call for Applications
Sep 2021
Evaluation & Cohort Unveiling
Oct 2021-Jan 2022
Structured Expansion Support
Feb 2022
Solution Showcase


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