Tillage Innovators Challenge

Description

Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Agriculture

The Tillage Innovators Challenge is a twelve week programme aimed at increasing entrepreneurship and youth engagement in Agriculture through the creation of at least one youth led agriculture based enterprise.

The programme targets participants aged 16 – 29 to participate in a 1 day exchange combining intensive workshop sessions on entrepreneurship in agriculture and presentations from experts in Agribusiness, followed by a sixty-day Business Plan challenge. It is expected that at the end of the project, one – three youth led agri-businesses will be legally registered and begin operating utilizing modern agricultural and entrepreneurship practices. Participants will explore the following themes:

  • Creative Youth Engagement in Agriculture
  • Mechanization in Modern Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Traceability
  • Lean Start Up Methodology

In spite of growing support for agriculture and entrepreneurship in Grenada, there exists little synergy between the two fields. As a result, farmers and farms in Grenada rarely operate as businesses and are unable to utilize research data, develop networks and analyse trends in the industry to scale production, generate revenues and consequently develop the agricultural sector.

The lack of integration along the value chain, aging farming population, outdated technology in agricultural production results in; high production costs, which ultimately leads to shelf prices for produce remaining high, thus, impeding Agriculture as an industry.

Tillage Innovators Challenge is a twelve week programme aimed at increasing entrepreneurship and youth engagement in Agriculture through the creation of at least one youth led agriculture based enterprise.

The Challenge is itself a youth led Agriculture initiative. The programme represents a departure from the notion and presentation of agriculture as enterprise solely for the old and poor by utilizing Caribbean based farmers who are also themselves successful entrepreneurs and exchange alumni of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI).

With the aid of local and regional mentors, the support of  team members and the tools gained during the challenge, participants have sixty days to create and submit a full business plan to at least one funding agency.

Challenge

In spite of growing support for agriculture and entrepreneurship in Grenada, there exists little synergy between the two fields. As a result, farmers and farms in Grenada rarely operate as businesses and are unable to utilize research data, develop networks and analyse trends in the industry to scale production, generate revenues and consequently develop the agricultural sector.

The lack of integration along the value chain, aging farming population, outdated technology in agricultural production results in; high production costs, which ultimately leads to shelf prices for produce remaining high, thus, impeding Agriculture as an industry.

Solution

Tillage Innovators Challenge is a twelve week programme aimed at increasing entrepreneurship and youth engagement in Agriculture through the creation of at least one youth led agriculture based enterprise.

The Challenge is itself a youth led Agriculture initiative. The programme represents a departure from the notion and presentation of agriculture as enterprise solely for the old and poor by utilizing Caribbean based farmers who are also themselves successful entrepreneurs and exchange alumni of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI).

Result

With the aid of local and regional mentors, the support of  team members and the tools gained during the challenge, participants have sixty days to create and submit a full business plan to at least one funding agency.

Important Dates

Share:
CHALLENGE LAUNCH:

Oct. 16
APPLICATION OPEN:

Oct 16
APPLICATION CLOSE:

Nov 5
CHALLENGE WORKSHOP :

Jan 4 2018
60 DAY CHALLENGE OPEN:

Jan 5
CHALLENGE ENDS:

Mar 6
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mar 17

START AN APPLICATION

or Volunteer to be part of Team Tillage!

E MAIL US NOW - admin@angelinvestmentsgd.org

APPLY IMMEDIATELY!