GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021 for Young Agri-food Entrepreneurs (Up to $50,000)

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021 for Young Agri-food Entrepreneurs (Up to $50,000)

Deadline: June 14, 2021


The Entrepreneur

  • Entrepreneur is aged 35 or below on the date of submission to the competition, and is legally recognised as an adult in country of nationality.
  • Entrepreneur holds nationality (with an official ID) from a country which is a member of the African Union.
  • Entrepreneur is the founder/co-founder of the venture he/she represents in the competition and plays an active role in its operations and leadership.
  • Entrepreneur has no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony or other offence, and will provide a signed declaration to that effect, if requested.

Applications are open for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021. The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize aims to find Africa’s brightest young agri-food entrepreneurs. They are searching for agribusinesses that bring technology, innovation and passion to the agriculture and food industries.

You could win one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help you change your world and transform the agri-food business in Africa. We need strong agriculture and food businesses to grow our communities and economies as we recover from the pandemic. They want to support your businesses, so you can lead the way.

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize is a fantastic opportunity for young African agripreneurs to take their business venture to the next level. In addition to the US$50,000, the competition also offers these agripreneurs the chance to attend the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual meeting and make their mark. The finalists will also receive mentorship, programming linkages and guidance to continue their entrepreneurial journey.


  • Two entrepreneurs, one woman and one man, will each win $50,000 US Dollars for the most innovative and scalable business ventures.

The Venture

  • Venture is already legally registered in a country which is a member of the African Union or will have commenced with the registration of such a legal entity prior to July 18, 2021.
  • Venture is headquartered in a country which is a member of the African Union.
  • Venture is designed to be financially sustainable, either as a for-profit business or a non-profit generating some revenue and aiming not to be dependent on donor funding.
  • Venture plays a role in the agri-food sector and/or supports the development of the agri-food sector through an innovation or process improvement.
  • The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
    • Agri-food research & development
    • Primary food production (farming)
    • Crop nutrition
    • Irrigation
    • Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
    • Crop protection
    • Hydroponics or urban farming
    • Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
    • Food processing
    • Packaging or marketing
    • Food retail or service
    • Waste management or recycling
    • Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

Other Requirements

They want to hear from businesses that show:

  • originality and innovation,
  • market potential and traction,
  • social and commercial impact,
  • environmental sustainability,
  • and an inspiring and investible team.


The application includes questions such as:

  • “Give an example of your entrepreneurial mindset.”
  • “How does your venture make money?”
  • “Who are your main customers?”
  • “Who are your main competitors?”
  • “What are your biggest business challenges so far and how have you overcome them?”

Applicants must fill out each section of the application to be considered. Be sure to allow enough time to complete all sections.


WGH/Novartis Foundation #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge 2020 (up to $15,000 prize)

WGH/Novartis Foundation #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge 2020 (up to $15,000 prize)

Deadline: October 23, 2020


  • Your start-up must be (co-)founded by a woman;
  • Your start-up must be based in a low-middle income country, as defined by the World Bank. See list of countries here.
  • Your start-up must have a health emergency-focus and your idea must support greater gender parity in global health security during COVID-19 and for future pandemic preparedness;
  • Your idea must be a digital or AI innovation;
  • A member of your team must be available to pitch during the finals in November 2020.

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In addition:

  • You provide two professional references. References will only be contacted if you reach the final.
  • Preference will be given to WGH Chapter members and partners, but anyone can apply. 

Applications are open for the WGH/Novartis Foundation #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge 2020. As the world learns to live with the Coronavirus, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will offer a platform for women-led start-ups to advance both gender equity in health security and systems, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Specifically, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will identify innovative digital and AI solutions addressing health security during COVID-19 and future health emergencies with the potential to

  • Increase the number of women as creators of digital health and AI solutions.
  • Increase the number of women as leaders of digital health and AI companies and initiatives.
  • Ensure that digital health solutions enable health systems to meet the health needs of all genders.


  • The winners of the challenge will be awarded $10,000 and the runners-up will receive $5,000 to develop their innovation further.
  • Both the winner and the runner up will receive guidance from an innovation mentor. These mentors will be assigned by Women in Global Health.


  1. Create a short 90 second video pitch that answers the following questions:
    • How will your solution advance gender parity in global health security for COVID-19 and the future of pandemic preparedness?
    • Why is your solution an innovation in digital health and AI?
    • Why does your solution deserve to win this challenge?
  2. Upload your video pitch onto YouTube. Make sure your video pitch is private. Copy your URL as you will need it to submit your application. 
  3. Submit your application by filling out the google form, pasting your URL and uploading a 1-page proposal that details:
    • Your idea for an innovation
    • The perceived impact of your innovation
    • Potential scalability of the innovation

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