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IGNITE Food Systems Challenge for Rwandan Entrepreneurs 2023

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Impact Hub Kigali (IHK), with the support of USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are looking for solutions in Rwanda that address food insecurity through strengthening food systems. The IGNITE Food Systems Challenge supports the scaling of innovative Startups, MSMEs, and cooperatives with commercially viable solutions to address gaps in the food system. Each selected venture will receive up to $30,000 in grant funding & 4 months curated technical support to address business gaps.

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GNITE Food Systems Challenge

Application Deadline31 Mar 2023
Country to studyRwanda
SponsorImpact Hub Kigali
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of GNITE Food Systems Challenge

Selected ventures will have access to the following benefits that will support them to implement their locally-driven solutions that strengthen food systems.

  • Funding: Up to $30,000 in equity-free funding per venture
  • Acceleration support: 4 months of curated technical support to strengthen your skills and address business gaps. Receive a tailored curriculum and connect directly with  experts and mentors
  • Networking and exposure: connections to potential investors and leverage WFP’s strong network of public, private, and government partners

Requirements for GNITE Food Systems Challenge Qualification

We are looking for Startups, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and cooperatives with commercially viable solutions to strengthen the food system.

While all food systems solutions are invited to apply, solutions that address the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Gender Transformative Food Systems: Food systems solutions that aim to empower women, through employment opportunities or business impact.
  • Circular Economy Solutions: Solutions that help reduce the environmental impact of the food system, promote greater resource efficiency, and support a more sustainable and resilient food system.

Interview date, Process and Venue for GNITE Food Systems Challenge

Applicants Selection

  • Your entity must possess a valid registration/certificate of incorporation for operating in Rwanda and at least 1 year of operation
  • Have proof of a revenue-generating business (total turnover in the case of cooperatives) of at least the equivalent of USD 5,000 for the full year of 2022
  • Be a team of at least three full-time members dedicated to the MSME/cooperative, including the founding team
  • At least 50% of your founding and/or senior management team must be from Rwanda/East Africa
  • The entity must have existing key operations in Rwanda

If you meet these requirements, we encourage you to join us in this exciting initiative and apply today. Businesses and co-operatives that are women-led and/or have taken demonstrated action towards promoting women in their supply chain are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

March 31, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Impact Hub Kigali on to apply

For more details, visit Impact Hub Kigali website.

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