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GAIN AGRI-Business Innovation Challenge | Up to ₦ 20,000,000 EQUITY-FREE GRANT

GAIN AGRI-Business Innovation Challenge | Up to ₦ 20,000,000 EQUITY-FREE GRANT

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss-based foundation founded at the UN in 2002 to combat malnutrition, has partnered with the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) to launch the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge.

The challenge aims to attract agritech startups with solutions to improve Nigeria’s food supply chain.

The Challenge seeks to identify, develop, and scale innovative solutions to food safety issues and a healthier food supply chain that can meet the needs of a growing population while also addressing Nigeria’s urgent climate change challenges.

In addition, the challenge which is a part of GAIN’s Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples project provides technical assistance training to women and youth-led start-ups to strengthen their capacity, improve their access to financial services, and develop their business concepts leveraging innovation to improve food supply chain efficiency in Nigeria.

Applications are now open to all eligible agri-tech startups in Nigeria.


  • Women and Youths aged 18-35 years (Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply)
  • Applicants must have agri-business innovations that can address and solve the Food Supply Chain challenges in Nigeria.
  • Shortlisted candidates should be willing to commit to all program deliverables.
  • Finalists should be willing to test and replicate their solutions in the following states of Nigeria; Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Ibadan
  • All Applicants must have businesses registered with  the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Previous beneficiaries are ineligible to apply

Challenge Areas

The challenge seeks solutions that addresses any of these thematic areas.

This challenge welcomes solutions or viable products that address FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN challenges with an outcome of achieving food safety and quality as well as healthier diets for all.

Examples of solutions may include and not limited to the following thematic areas:

Supply Chain Traceability

Innovations that enable producers and consumers to quickly track and trace the history of food products throughout the supply chain, from farm to fork. Innovations such as blockchain technology, smart sensors, product monitoring, handling conditions and compliance technology.

Last-Mile Distribution Networks.

Deployment of technology-enabled distribution networks/platforms to improve access to agricultural inputs and produce, such as seeds, fertilizers, and equipment, in remote areas including technology that optimizes and improves last-mile delivery routes. Examples: Digital Agricultural marketplaces, logistics and transportation technology

Climate Smart Financing

Technology or products that offer innovative financing that addresses climate related risks experienced by agricultural producers such as droughts, floods, pests, and diseases. Examples: financing for solar-enabled solutions and other alternative energy sources

Agricultural Productivity and Efficiency

Technology that Optimizes processing techniques, equipment, and operations to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and enhance product quality and consistency Examples: Cold chain infrastructure, automated processing technology, and farm management systems

Post Harvest Loss Management

Solutions that improve post-harvest handling, storage, processing, and distribution practices. Examples: Low-cost food produce storage solutions, cold storage for perishables and mobile processing units.


What we offer

Shortlisted early-stage startups with a Minimum Viable Product  should expect to go through the following process from the program;

  • Pitch Readiness BootCamp
  • Technical Assistance Programme
  • Deal Day
  • Demo Day
  • Mentorship Community
  • ₦ 20,000,000 EQUITY-FREE GRANT

Deadline: 26th, July 2024

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