Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016

The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for 10 conference awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. The focus is for the young entrepreneurs to share their story at an International stage with close to 700 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 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 (17th -21st October, 2016) in Cape Town, South Africa. The selected young innovators will also receive a competition cash price award.


Applications are invited from enterprises and individuals that meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • 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.
  • Submissions should be in English or French using the template provided.

Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016. Results will be announced by 30th August, 2016.

Important documents for downloading:

  1. Call over view
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Aperçu_Appel d’offre
  4. Exemplaire du Résumé

40 Comments on “Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

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  2. Dear Joan,

    Hope you are doing well!

    I would like to request shortlist about the 30 most competitive applications.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Marcia Maposse


  3. Hi Joan
    I have read the blog on the process of evaluation of the applications. I have been wondering if shortlisted to the top 100, would we be notifed? And how would we be contacted?
    Thanks so much


  4. Dear Joan,

    Hope you are doing well! I would like to ask you about the procedures.
    Please explain me. To submit my application is only necessary to fill the executive summary or there are another application procedures?

    The executive summary is the application form?

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Marcia Maposse


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  6. Great initiative indeed! Correct me if I’m wrong here, there’s one form to complete and one with information about the competion. These are made available in English (Forms 1 & 2) and French (Forms 3 & 4) but there is only one form for submission.


  7. Obviously the forms in French are meant for French speaking applicants while those in English are meant for English speaking applicants. You don’t need both. Yvonne I suggest you focus on the ones in English


  8. Hell Everyone,

    Hope you have been able to access the Document both in English and French.

    Keep sharing the link and lets have as many youth as possible apply. Deadline is 30th July, 2016.





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  11. joan, we have arleady try for that, but we didn’t get anything, should you please help us out by sending to us the application form and how to apply please!!!? thanks



  12. I am interested in this call, however, the application form (document 4) is not in English so I can hardly understand the format for the application form.


    • Hello Yvonne,
      Kindly confirm you did access document 4 in English. There are two document in English and french version. You choose the option that is convenient for you.
      Let me know if your still having issues accessing document 4.
      Regards, Joan


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