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AgLaunch Accelerator will invest $50,000 and three months of intensive business development support, access to farm trials, and a robust mentor network to six startup companies. Participating startups will be immersed in a collaborative Summer of Acceleration experience in Memphis, Tennessee (USA) with six other business accelerators May 1- August 10, 2017. Entrepreneurial programming is supported through the expertise of EPIcenter  and Start Co., a member of the Global Accelerator Network that has led more than 80 startup companies. Startups will also have access to expert agri-marketing and legal advice provided by Archer Malmo and Baker Donelson respectively.

Apply here (deadline is March 1, 2017)

USAID's Bureau for Asia released an opportunity to submit concept notes for potential consideration of funding through a broad agency announcement (BAA). The goal of the concepts are to identify and implement approaches for harnessing local innovations, expertise, and partnerships to solve development challenges in Asia. Check out the full announcement and criteria here.



Agriculture and agribusinesses are key drivers behind the ASEAN region's economic growth. Southeast Asia is one of the most productive agricultural baskets in the world, producing 129 million tons of rice, 40 million tons of corn, 171 million tons of sugarcane, 1.44 million tons of soybean, and 70.34 million tons of cassava in 2012. Advances in technology and regional connectivity have made it easier for such commodities to enter global value chains. In addition to being home to over 600 million people, ASEAN is also strategically located between major East Asia and South Asia markets, making it an ideal supply and processing base for agribusinesses with an eye for expansion and growth.


The goal of this call is to increase access to finance for SMAs operating across the ASEAN countries in which USAID works (including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Philippines, and Vietnam). This call is a competitive approach for USAID to consider ideas that advance the state-of-the-art solutions with potential partners. The competitive approach includes co-creation, co-designing, co-investing with USAID and other potential partners who submit concepts.

Act quickly: Applications for the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security closes on 25 January 2017.


The Olam Prize aims to advance knowledge and recognise innovation in world food security, by rewarding an outstanding research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food. They invite applications from research projects in plant science, soil science, nutritional science, agricultural sciences or other field of scientific research impacting food security, focused on any part of the agricultural supply chain.


The winning research project will receive US$50,000 unrestricted funding to support its further development.



Denver, Colorado based Global Food Exchange recently signed an agreement with the government of Ethiopia for the purchase of its fortified cereals to be manufactured in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  This agreement will provide food to more than 165,000 child and adult refugees daily, and will create employment for 200+ locals.  Most importantly, the use of extended shelf life technology allows GFE to guarantee purchase to more than 140,000 smallhold farmers while assuring sufficient inputs for continued manufacturing throughout throughout the year.  This venture promises strong risk-adjusted returns and is a model we look to replicate globally. 


Global Food Exchange is partnering with a local manufacturer to retrofit the facility and improve operations and efficiencies to meet global standards for fortified cereal production.  GFE is looking for strategic partners to complete the investment.  We would love to have foundations, family offices, NGOs, sovereign wealth funds, and development focused organizations join us as as we create truly sustainable jobs, farms, and market systems.  The project has commitments for more than 80% of the needed investment, and is looking for parties interested in either debt or equity for the remainder.  Please feel free to contact mbiegner@globalfoodexchange.com for more details.

To support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Global Affairs Canada recently announced a funding opportunity  to strengthen the agricultural value chain in select geographic zones in Haiti. The deadline for this exciting opportunity is April 7, 2017. Good luck!


Link to the announcement: http://international.gc.ca/world-monde/funding-financement/haiti-2016.aspx?lang=eng

Agriculture in Uganda contributes more than 35% of our GDP,  more than 90% of our foreign exchange and is practiced mainly for subsistence output.


The proposed business is to setup an Innovation Hub, which could substantially be part of the solution to unlock our economy to the next level, and  Its also a solution to diffuse the youth unemployment bubble.

It is hinged on unlocking the entrepreneurial potential in the youth in Agribusiness, by growing the ecosystem of funding, advisory, R&D, markets, creating forward and backward agri-services linkages, networking for growth and mentor-ship. 

The programs at the Agribusiness Innovation Center will ensure matriculation of agribiz ideas to fully fledged businesses, with the aim of having atleast 5000 successful youth agribusinesses in 5 years time.


USAID/Regional Asia Mission is Accepting Applications for the Asia Agricultural Innovation Communities Grants

The Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers Activity has released an Annual Program Statement for Bangladeshi, Cambodian and Nepalese organizations interested in developing and growing a broad based agricultural innovation community in their respective countries. The grant is designed to provide funding for specific activities and assets that will empower locally-based organizations to identify a diverse group of stakeholders (e.g. agronomists, engineers, businesspersons, farmers, designers, investors, professors, and non-governmental organization professionals) and facilitate engagement nationally and regionally, through connection with the Regional Innovation Hub, on issues related to agricultural innovation.

For more information about the grant and application instructions, please visit

Throughout Africa, the "African Innovation Challenge" is looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising consumer healthcare solutions. Chosen applicants will receive a combination of awards including funding up to US $100,000, potential lab space in Africa and/or business and technical mentoring from some of the brightest minds at Johnson & Johnson to help bring their idea to life and create meaningful change in their community or country.


Find out more, including how to apply, here: Africa Innovation Challenge | JNJ Innovation

Do you have a big idea that has been piloted successfully in East Africa that focuses on:

  • Closing yield gaps in crop and livestock value chains?
  • Reducing postharvest losses?
  • Improving agri-market efficiencies?

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development is looking for institutions and business enterprises with innovations spanning the research-to-commercialization continuum, and those addressing business model re-invention for the Gender in Agribusiness Investments in Africa  AgTech Innovation Challenge.

Innovations should contribute towards transforming agricultural practices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for improved incomes and food security for smallholder farmers, especially women. The agtech innovations should demonstrate clear benefits to women smallholder farmers, and other women value chain actors. They should be scalable across multiple geographies in sub-Saharan Africa.

The application deadline is October 31, 2016, so apply now!

Want to learn more and apply? Click here!

World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge – World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge


World Bank Big Data Innovation

Academics, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, universities and nonprofits have a larger role to play than ever before in addressing global climate issues through the creation and implementation of solutions. The shift to climate-resilient economies can occur only if the millions of decisions which are made across the globe on a daily basis are taking climate change factors and effects into account. We need your help in identifying and developing big data solutions which can help better understand the impacts of climate change, address its connected issues and positively influence decisions.

Why big data?

In today’s world of mobile technology, social networks, pervasive satellite and sensor information, and machine-to-machine transactions, more data has been generated in the past two years alone in the form of big data than in all of the previous years combined. Data is becoming the lifeblood of many economies, and data-informed decision-making is more important than ever before. However, the ability to use data in development policy and decision-making processes has not seen the same progress. That is where you come in. Help us find solutions and analytical methodologies to use big data effectively so we can help inform climate-sensitive decisions across the globe.


“Recent work from the World Bank Group suggests that poverty eradication is possible even as countries deal with the impacts of climate change and implement policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. … While there are many uncertainties about the impacts of climate change, it is possible to inform decision-making given adequate tools.”– Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, World Bank Group Climate Change Unit

Join us

as we launch a global call to find big data solutions that address issues pertaining to two critical challenge areas:

1) Food: food security and nutrition 2) Landscapes: forestry and watersheds

Who can participate?

This Innovation Challenge is open to individuals, students and entrepreneurs as well as start-ups, university labs, private companies, nonprofits and public sector agencies legally established in member countries of the World Bank Group (see: http://www.worldbank.org/countries).

The Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition seeks high efficiency, low-cost off-grid refrigeration solutions now through January 20, 2017

Partners Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP), USAID through Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development, Power Africa and DfID aim to increase the availability of refrigeration technologies, and in turn drive demand for off-grid solar solutions, such as solar home systems and micro-grids.

The competition will offer three innovation prizes to reward advancements in off-grid refrigeration technology, while also recognizing best-in-class commercially available off-grid refrigerators. More info: http://bit.ly/ogfridge

Mobile for Good Awards 2016 | M4G 2016 | Vodafone India


The Mobile for Good Awards aim to recognise, promote and support mobile innovations for driving social change in India. The Awards programme is back for its sixth consecutive year in 2016 and includes a social enterprise award category. Check it out if you are looking to grow your mobile solution for good in India!


The Mobile for Good Awards 2016 will recognise eleven life changing mobile solutions through two Awards categories that are addressing critical areas of health, education, agriculture & environment, government solutions, women and inclusive development through unique innovations and usage of mobile & wireless related technologies. Six winning NPOs solutions will receive access to critical funding & mentorship.


The Social App Hub launched this year will drive innovation using mobile technology by providing a platform for mobile applications creating sustainable impact.

The Kellogg Company is launching a corporate venture arm called Eighteen94 (1894) to invest in food and food-related tech startups. It is looking to invest in companies with a food industry consumer product ready to launch.


Learn more here!

The Rockefeller Foundation, Dalberg, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have launched The Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Innovation Challenge to address food loss and spoilage in the cassava value chain in Nigeria. Part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise initiative, the Challenge will provide up to $1 million, as well as technical assistance from Dalberg and IITA, to further develop novel solutions that increase shelf life.

The Challenge is open to all organizations—whether for-profit or nonprofit—including governmental and inter-governmental organizations. Collaborations between organizations are encouraged. Where such collaboration exists, one lead applicant must submit on the behalf of the group.

Learn more here!

Around the world, millions of farmers work tirelessly to feed their families and communities. But in spite of their efforts, over 42% of the food these farmers produce is never consumed. Instead, it is lost during harvest, or on the journey from farm to market. The consequences are immense – closing this gap has the potential to feed one billion people and improve livelihoods for farmers.

For our fifth Amplify challenge, we are calling on entrepreneurs, NGOs, designers and social innovators to develop solutions that reduce waste and improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers. We are focusing on a few key areas where new solutions can have a big impact, including: improving access to markets, ensuring farmers have access to relevant information, using technology in new ways and financial services.

From now until May 2nd at 9 am PDT, you can add your idea for a chance to win a grant of $50,000 to $150,000 and design support from IDEO.org. Or, learn more about our challenges here!

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