This year’s GoGettaz competition aims to expand the community of agripreneurs to providing them with access to education, mentorship and investment networks as they launch, grow, or scale their agrifood ventures.
Returning for its third year, the ground-breaking US$100 000 (about R1.4 million) GoGettaz competition hopes to inspire agrifood entrepreneurs from Cape Town to Cairo to use their energy, courage and creativity to solve the biggest problems facing Africa’s food systems.
GoGettaz is open to African citizens between 18 and 35 who are founders or co-founders of social or commercial agrifood businesses headquartered on the continent. After a challenging selection process ending in a grand finale pitch competition in July 2021, two winners, one woman and one man, with scalable and impactful business or social ventures will each receive US$50,000 for their businesses. The award ceremony will take place alongside the prestigious Africa Food Prize.
Applications can be submitted here: http://GoGettaz.africa.
Head of Generation Africa Dickson Naftali says, “This is an incredibly important year for global food systems. COVID has exacerbated food insecurity, inequalities and poverty. The pandemic has challenged conventional logic around food production and food security as global supply lines came to a standstill.
“It is obvious that things must change. Generation Africa believes that food systems can change if we collaboratively support young African agrifood entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium agribusinesses across the continent.”
Generation Africa seeks to reward visionary young Africans who demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative problem-solving in developing and growing their agrifood businesses.
Top prizes for visionary agripreneurs
Beyond the two grand prizes, last year’s competition awarded four additional prizes of US$2 500 to enterprises that played an inspiring role in their communities.
These Impact Awards were created to celebrate businesses with tangible social impact. Generation Africa hopes to discover more deserving recipients in the 2021 competition.
Cash prizes are not the only motivation for entering the competition. “Last year, a thousand members of the GoGettaz community received free access to the Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness courses organized by the Agripreneurship Alliance.
“And all who join the GoGettaz community get instant online access to high quality training material to help guide them through the business start-up process,” says Amanda Namayi, GoGettaz lead.
The proposition is simple: Show the world your solution and win US$50,000.