RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2018 (Fully Funded to the RUFORUM Biennial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya)


DEADLINE: 31 August, 2018

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)is a network of 85 Universities in 35 African countries is pleased to announce the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The 2018 RUFORUM Young African
Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) whose overall purpose is to catalyse entrepreneurship
through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas among African youth.
RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs and incubates to compete for 10
awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. The focus is for the young entrepreneurs to share their stories at an international stage with
close to 1200 participants drawn from academia, business and industry, development organisations, practitioners and philanthropists. It is hoped that through this competition,
young entrepreneurs’ business concepts, impact, innovation and business opportunities
can be expanded.
While the focus of this competition is on innovation in agribusiness, other innovations, incubations, business enterprises and business concepts along ICTs, health, engineering, natural resources, meteorology, urbanization, green economy, and transport and communication, among other areas, will be considered.


The RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition primary purpose is to promote business innovation through entrepreneurship and provide seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas to be valorized and enhance and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among African youth. The competition specifically seeks to:

  • Provide young entrepreneurs with opportunity to show-case their businesses and share their development as an inspiration to many young African potential entrepreneurs
  • Bring collective action towards provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs through a transparent and competitive process.
  • Provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to demonstrate their impact and pitch their business with investors and stakeholders through capacity building opportunity.
  • Create a network of young entrepreneurs across Africa working together and sharing experiences that escalate youth contribution and job creation in Africa.
Eligibility Requirements:
Applications are invited from enterprises and individuals that meet the following eligibility
  • Persons with an established business enterprise and/or those with innovations that can potentially be commercialized and/or those with business concepts
  • The business enterprise/potential enterprise should have a defined business model that show case the innovativeness of the proposed enterprise/business/innovation.
  • Persons in the age category 16-34 years
  • Submissions should be in English or French using the template provided.
  • The ten (10) competitively selected business enterprises will receive all expenses paid trip (air ticket, conference registration, and hotel costs) for participation at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference (22-26 October, 2018) in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • The selected young entrepreneurs will receive a cash price award

Application Process:

  • All applications should be submitted through the
  • Enquiries For any enquiries do contact
  • Dr. Egeru Anthony ( and Dr. Sylvanus Mensah (

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition