Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation can help your business establish its market-ready products and services in the vast and largely untapped smallholder farmer market. The program co-funds businesses’ initial market entry or expansion, reducing their investment risk and allowing them to develop effective distribution channels, test new marketing strategies, and build additional partnerships to provide farmer training and other customer services.

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Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize

Background: At the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that Feed the Future would launch a new competition for women-led enterprises to access investment advice, business analysis, and other services to take their agribusinesses to the next level. To support this initiative, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is issuing a competitive request for applications (RFA) from women-owned or -operated agribusinesses in sub-Saharan African countries where USAID operates (see country list here). Businesses with women in leadership positions including founder, CEO, president, or managing director that meet the eligibility criteria may apply to receive technical assistance that will help prepare businesses to access external investment. 

Prize Opportunity: This prize will help women-led enterprises access capital to scale improved agricultural products and services in smallholder markets. Up to two companies will be awarded with a package of technical assistance valued at $50,000.

Deadline for questions: March 26, 2018

Deadline for submission: April 25, 2018 at 18:00 ET