NCIC AGRI-Business Innovation Challenge for Nigerians (N20 Million)

The Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) in partnership with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has co-created the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge to attract eligible agritech startups with solutions for improving the food supply chain in Nigeria.

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


  • Organisation: NCIC/GAIN
  • Program Location: Nigeria
  • Program Duration: Not stated
  • Available Slot: Several
  • Basic Qualifications: Recent Graduates
  • Nationality: All Nationalities

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Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for NCIC AGRI-Business Innovation Challenge, the applicant has to meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 programme 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
  • Last-Mile Distribution Networks
  • Climate Smart Financing
  • Agricultural Productivity and Efficiency
  • Post-Harvest Loss Management

Program Benefits

Shortlisted early-stage start-ups with a Minimum Viable Product should expect to go through the following process from the programme;

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

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Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested Participants of the NCIC AGRI-Business Innovation Challenge should submit applications online by Clicking on the ‘Apply now’ Button on the official webpage for this opportunity.

Further enquiries can be directed to [email protected].

Application Deadline: 26th, July 2024

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