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Applications for 2022 Innovation Journey in South Africa are Now Open!

Calling all AgTech Startups in the fields of urban agriculture, beekeeping, and climate smart agriculture: There are 6 days left to apply to 2022 Innovation Journey to South Africa! Apply here before July 19, 2022.

Calling AgTech Startups - Apply now for Innovation Journey 2022 in South Africa (SA)!

Applications are now open for Innovation Journey 2022, and this year, the matchmaking program will target South Africa. This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to understand their market fit, and be matched with South African companies that are engaged with smallholder farmers. The program will consist of online and in-person lectures, workshops and interactive sessions, all conducted as part of a boot camp that is aimed to help the participants build viable partnerships in the SA market, taking place across 25 hours in September, 2022. At the end of the program, two successful projects will receive grants to further support and boost their activity.

In this Innovation Journey, we are looking for companies and technologies falling into one or more of the following categories:

1. Urban Agriculture, focusing on:

  • Soilless/ vertical agriculture

  • Food gardens

  • Smart gardening

  • Circular economy/ reuse/ recycling

  • Energy in agriculture

2. Beekeeping, focusing on:

  • Honey production

  • Smart Hive Management

  • Bee Health

  • Urban Bee Keeping

  • Varroa Treatment

3. Climate Smart Agriculture, focusing on:

  • Irrigation

  • Precision agriculture

  • Water for agriculture

  • Weather forecast

Who should apply?

  • AgTech startups and companies that offer solutions in the three above mentioned focus topics

  • Startups and companies that are interested in the South Africa smallholder farmer market

  • Startups and companies that are open to attending sessions and learning about the unique qualities of theSouth African smallholder farmer market

  • Startups and companies that have a developed proof of concept

  • Startups and companies that have the capacity to build a sustainable partnership with a South African partner

We believe this is an opportunity to tap into the potential the South African smallholder farmer market has to offer, while bringing on board innovative technologies with the potential to create impactful changes in the lives of smallholder farmers.

The Innovation Journey is led and implemented by JDC (The Joint) in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry , in addition to Pears Program for Global Innovation as content and professional partners.


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