Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund - how to enter
Women and young people are the future and backbone of agricultural development. Promoting agriculture as a business has gained currency in recent times to create more economic value and to encourage youth into agriculture.
Agriculture has been supported by rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICT). Across developing countries mobile financial services are booming. Likewise, social media and apps help farmers forecast the weather or know about market prices. In this time of COVID-19 these farmers need information they can trust to improve their livelihoods and protect their families.
Access Agriculture is a non-profit organisation that supports the distribution of quality training videos to share practical knowledge on farming and food processing across the global South. Farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia can learn from their peers on other continents.
Access Agriculture has developed the concept of Entrepreneurs for Rural Access, who are either individuals or small teams that use a ‘smart projector’ to develop or expand their businesses. Through this scheme, Access Agriculture is requesting young people to propose innovative ideas to make a business, or expand their existing business, around the dissemination of agricultural videos. Through a competitive grant, the most inspiring and promising young entrepreneurs will receive a Digisoft smart projector. This projector has an in-built computer and contains the entire Access Agriculture library with over 200 videos in more than 80 international and local languages. The smart projector comes with a battery and a portable solar panel, so videos can be shown without the internet or electricity.
To have a better understanding of these Smart Projectors, visit this page: www.accessagriculture.org/video-distribution.
By building on the ICT skills and networks of young men and women, we believe we can better support farmers and make organic agriculture more attractive to youth and reach more women.
Frequently asked questions
What benefit do I get from winning?
Access Agriculture will provide you with a smart projector on loan for 18 months, after which the projector will become yours. Access Agriculture will cover the shipment cost and customs duty. Access Agriculture will provide you with advice on the smart projector use and on your business plan. Access Agriculture will also link you to other young entrepreneurs to allow you to share experiences and strengthen or diversify your business plan.
How long will I need to wait until I receive the smart projector?
Within 2 months of having received the news of being a winner, you will receive the smart projector.
If I do not qualify for the competition, can I buy or lease a smart projector?
In case you do not meet the eligibility criteria, or you are not selected as one of the winners, you can contact Digisoft Education (email@example.com) to purchase your own smart projector. Leasing is not an option.
Can I submit a business plan which was already implemented by others?
No. We are looking for an original business plan from individuals, not one that imitates what others are already doing.
Can I present a business plan on ideas that I am already implementing?
Yes, we encourage you to expand your current business.
What is not funded?
- Dissertations or academic research
- Business plans which promote the use of agrochemicals
- Cost for personnel or travel
How many business plans can I propose?
You can only propose one business plan.
How many applications can I submit?
You can only be part of one application.