Growing agribusiness entrepreneurs in East Africa

by Agripreneurship Alliance
Growing agribusiness entrepreneurs in East Africa

Project Report | Jun 11, 2023
News from the Agripreneurship Alliance

By Anne Roulin | President

It has been an exciting and very busy few months for us.  Our flagship Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness course is now in full swing, with 10 university partners from 5 countries across Africa supporting and encouraging the growth of the next generation of Africa’s food entrepreneurs.  The course, as you will know, includes 3-months of focused step-by-step learning including a self-led programme hosted online and a weekly in-person workshop facilitated by our amazing university-based colleagues. We have 229 young entrepreneurs currently following the programme and we want to offer our congratulations to Gulu University for being the first university in Cohort 5 to complete their class.  The Business Plans that we received from Gulu were of a high standard and we are proud to have awarded a Business Startup Award to Vincente AgroVet Enterprises, a new fresh and dried mushroom business that is operating in the environs of Gulu in the North of Uganda. 

In addition, we have reached the halfway point in our webinar series ‘Climate Change and the African Entrepreneur’.  If you haven’t had the chance to join us yet, you can view past webinars on our YouTube channel (here) and, if you are interested in learning more about the challenges and opportunities that climate change brings you can still register to join the remainder of the series.  The registration link is here.  

In May we co-organised with the UN-Food & Agriculture Organisation and other partners, a workshop in Morocco to further build the ecosystem of entrepreneur support in francophone Africa.  Participants came from Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.  It was 4 intense days of learning, sharing and building action plans on the national, and the continental, level. The hosts, the Mohamed IV Polytechnic Institute provided a very inspiring location for the workshop due to their well-established entrepreneurial ecosystem and the incredible facilities of this new university.

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Agripreneurship Alliance

Project Leader:
Anne Roulin
Montreux , Switzerland

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