RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneur Competition 2018 (Fully-funded to the Conference in Nairobi, Kenya)

RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneur Competition 2018 (Fully-funded to the Conference in Nairobi, Kenya)

Deadline: August 31, 2018

The RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2018 is now open. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 85 Universities in 35 African countries and has launched 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.

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

RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs and incubates to compete for 20 awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions.

Award Categories

  • Agribusiness
  • Incubations
  • Business enterprises
  • ICTs
  • Health
  • Engineering
  • Natural resources
  • Meteorology
    among other areas


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.


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.  Persons in the age category 16-34 years  Submissions should be in English or French using the template provided.


Download the Application Form. All applications should be submitted here.

For more information, visit RUFORUM YEC.