2016 East Africa GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge

In 2016 AWARD conducted a GAIA pilot in partnership with the African Development Bank, UN Women, Intellecap, and Centum focused on a call for gender responsive innovations from Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. This pilot included a call for applications that attracted over 100 applications, pre-selection that narrowed down to 31 quarter finalists, an entrepreneurship boot camp, peer evaluation that narrowed down to 10 finalists followed by an investor showcase for the top innovators.

A final pitch contest to a panel of high level judges from industry that identified the top 3 finalists. GAIA will work in partnership with the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) and the Centum Foundation to continue incubating these and subsequently identified promising innovations.

Beyond the East Africa pilot, GAIA seeks additional partners to scale its activities in key countries across sub-Saharan Africa. For example, GAIA is exploring partnerships with the African Development Bank through its “Feed Africa” Initiative/Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) – to get gender-responsive agricultural technologies off the shelves and driving positive impact across agricultural value chains.

Meet the 2016 GAIA Innovators