Applicants are invited to apply for the Food Connection Challenge 2018 to solve post-harvest losses on company level through the development of innovative ideas. The Food Connection Challenge is an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and Crosswise Works. Two separate challenges take place simultaneously in Nigeria and Benin. Are you an SME in Nigeria or Benin, active in the agric & food sector and struggling with issues related to storing, processing, cleaning, grading, handling or transporting of (processed) agricultural products?
Join the Food Connection Challenge!
In 2018, the Food Connection Challenge calls upon SMEs in Nigeria and Benin to submit their innovative ideas to reduce post – harvest losses. You will benefit from workshops, training sessions, innovation jams and remote coaching to improve you r ideas and turn them into a business plan that is ready to be implemented . The best plans will be pitched at a final event . If you win you will receive matching funding from the Postharvest Network to realize your plans , up to a maximum of €20,000.
1. Your enterprise is formally registered in Nigeria
2. Your enterprise is an ‘SME’: a company with less than 250 employees
3. Your enterprise exists for at least 2 years and has a minimum turnover of 5.000,00 euros per
4. Your enterprise is producing food products and/or provides services to a food value chain in
5. The food value chain your enterprise is participating in/offering services to provides food for
the Nigerian market or its neighbouring countries
6. The enterprise has identified one person who will participate on behalf of the enterprise
7. The participant is able to travel to and be present in Ibadan and/or Lagos during the events
of the Food Connection Challenge
8. The application provides enough concrete information to make a qualitative evaluation
1. The post-harvest loss problem is clear and well defined
2. The first description of the idea is elaborate and convincing on how the idea impacts the
broader value chain
3. The idea is innovative, sustainable, replicable and translatable into a business model
4. The participant has the right resources (team, skills, etc.) to implement the solution that will
be developed during the challenge
Challenge key date:
- From April 9th – May 18 th 2018: Register online
- June: Selection of participants by an independent committee
- July: Participants receive a 3 – day business training
- September: 1 – day innovation session to improve business cases
- September / October: Participants work on their ideas through (remote) coaching
- November / December: Participants receive a pitch training
- December: The grand finale, where participants present their ideas and winners are selected
For Further details visit the webpage
The Food Connection Challenge is an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and Crosswise Works. Two separate challenges take place simultaneously in Nigeria and Benin. For more information on the challenge in Nigeria, contact Eva Rootmensen (firstname.lastname@example.org), and for the challenge in Benin, contact Sedjro Mensah (email@example.com).