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Call for Applications for the 2021 Innovation Journey on Digital Technologies in Ethiopia

Calling Digital AgTech Startups: There are only 4 days left before the application window for the 2021 Innovation Journey Program to Ethiopia closes on February 21st. Apply now!




The Innovation Journey Program is a matchmaking opportunity for innovative Israeli digital AgTech startups and players in Ethiopia that are engaged with smallholder farmers. Since the publication of applications, we have had several prominent partners come on board, such as the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, the Bank of Abyssinia, the Dire Multipurpose Farmers Cooperative, and the Cooperative Bank of Oromia. They will be joining an already impressive group of partners that includes the BOOST Program of EUCORD and Heineken, the Agricultural Transformation Agency, the Technology and Innovation Institute, and local companies and startups that are active in Ethiopia. All of these partners are ready and excited to collaborate with Israeli counterparts!

The goal of the program is to build innovative partnerships that will pave the way for Israeli startups to enter the large agricultural market in Ethiopia while contributing to increasing productivity, output quality, and income among smallholder farmers. The topic of making AgTech affordable for smallholder farmers is an important one and was recently covered in great detail in this World Bank webinar.

Why you should apply to the Innovation Journey:

  • To gain relevant knowledge necessary to operate successfully in Ethiopia

  • To have exposure to a variety of players in the Ethiopian market

  • To find established partners in Ethiopia

Who should apply? Companies who are interested in exploring the Ethiopian market with the following technologies:

  • Smart Farming: Precision Agriculture; IoT and Data-Enabled Farming; Farm Management Platform; Smart Pest Control

  • Market Linkages: Farm-to-Consumer; Marketplace; E-commerce- related to or relevant for smallholder farmers

  • Fintech: Mobile Payments; Voice Recognition; Lending & Financing; InsurTech; Banking- related to or relevant for smallholder farmers

  • Ed-Tech/ E-Learning: Online-training, Interactive Online Video, device with a pre-installed app, digital extensions related to or relevant for smallholder farmers.

The Innovation Journey is a JDC-TOV program, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel, organized in partnership with the Pears Program.

Applications for the Innovation Journey are open until February 21st. Apply while you still have the chance!

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