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Strathmore Business School will host over 500 agribusiness investors and other key stakeholders in our 2nd annual convening: The Agribusiness Investors Summit 2018 on February 22nd and 23rd 2018.
The Agribusiness Investors Summit is designed to expose you to buyers and mentors as you get an opportunity to showcase your agribusiness solutions and products and establish networks that will be critical to the growth of your venture. You will appreciate what it takes to move your agribusiness investment to the next level.
Agriculture and agribusiness in Africa is projected to grow to be a US $1 trillion industry by 2030 from the current US$313 billion. In order for Africa to unlock this immense potential, we must be ready to invest sustainably into the sector, develop and diversify our value chains as we create more value through innovation.
A great idea and a strong technical team do not guarantee a sustainable and profitable business. In their nature, small agribusiness ventures are vulnerable to shocks emanating from environmental factors such as climate change, government policies and market fluctuations among others.
Improving and growing agribusinesses means higher incomes, improved livelihoods and increased employment opportunities. Nevertheless, agri-preneurs encounter numerous challenges as they endeavor to scale up. A large percentage of agri-preneurs do not possess the right knowledge and skills to make informed decisions to overcome these challenges and grow their ventures. As a result these businesses remain small, operating at a minimum capacity and unable to be fully commercial, or may even close down.
Agri-preneurs must be ready to adapt their leadership capabilities and acquire the skills and expertise necessary to respond to their business growth needs. They must continually improve themselves and their ventures by understanding their businesses, their business environments and what skills they need to adopt.
Agri-preneurs must possess what it takes to take their ventures to the next level, if we are to experience the desired sustainable growth of the agricultural sector in Kenya and in Africa as a whole.
An opportunity to showcase your innovative green agribusiness idea to potential investors and receive business mentorship and financial support.
Rising entrepreneurs in the Agribusiness space with ideas that are innovative and socially and environmentally responsible, are invited to participate in the Greenovation Startup Challenge by submitting their proposals for review.
The goal of this challenge is to motivate upcoming investors towards developing sustainable solutions by providing them with an opportunity to showcase their ideas, while at the same time growing a new generation of agribusiness leaders for Kenya and for Africa.
Please submit your application via email to email@example.com with the subject: Application to Greenovation Startup Challenge 2018 on or before Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5:00pm.
A panel of 5 experts in the business space will review all ideas submitted in the challenge and shortlist 5 enterprises. The teams that will be shortlisted will have an opportunity to refine their presentations further and present their ideas during the summit to all investors as well as the panel of experts. Of the 5 shortlisted ventures, the winners of the challenge will be selected by the panel of judges during the summit.
Overall Winner of the Greenovation Startup Challenge:
An opportunity to present your product and to find buyers: Appreciating what it takes to put food on the table by linking farmers directly to consumers.
The market place will host 60 agribusiness traders and provide a physical retail market for the traders to sell directly to the attendees and university students’ population. The market place will not only provide an opportunity to the consumers to savor produce at the peak of freshness, it will also provide opportunities for new relationships and partnerships to be created, even among the traders themselves.
Each of the traders will be allocated space within the market place where they can display their products for sale. All proceeds from the marketplace will directly belong to the traders themselves.
Consumers will interact directly with the farmers as they have an opportunity to truly appreciate what it takes to grow and put good food on the table.
The market place will be set up over the course of the event, from 22nd to 23rd of February 2018.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in being a market place trader.
The third component of the Agribusiness Investors Summit 2018 seeks to link upcoming agripreneurs to successful entrepreneurs in the agribusiness space to provide mentorship.
Mentorship provides a way for upcoming agripreneurs to gain experience from others, by avoiding or overcoming the common mistakes and pitfalls that others have gone through. It is key in helping to build the confidence of upcoming entrepreneurs as well as equipping them with the right attitudes to structure successful enterprises.
Attendees in the summit will have an opportunity to interact with and learn from successful entrepreneurs in the following value chains: