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Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize: Feed the Future’s $50k hunt for agritech

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programme, is calling for applications for the $50 000 Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Prize 2018.

In a post on Twitter, Feed the Future said the prize — which was launched last month — will help women-led small businesses expand in smallholder markets.

Up to two finalists of the Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs prize will be awaded technical assistance packages valued at $50 000.

The prize’s application deadline is 25 April. Applications are open to women in the sub-Saharan African countries that USAID operates in (listed here).

To be considered for the prize, applicants must be running enterprises that specialise in agricultural services and products for smallholder farmers. These include; agricultural inputs, tech solutions, financial and risk management services.

A statement detailing the prize brief states that up to two companies will be awarded a technical assistance package valued at $50 000.

The package includes among other things an investment readiness assessment and co-development of a five-year business strategy.

In addition prize winners will receive investor readiness and matchmaking service between June and July.

Those interested in applying for the programme can do so here.

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