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Entrepreneurship Award

EMRC Entrepreneurship Award, a key component of each forum, was held to spotlight key African entrepreneurs and offering the winner a cash prize of US$15,000 and international visibility.

Magloire N’Dakon from Cote d’Ivoire, head of Africa Pure Technology, won the award on the merit of his organisation’s innovative IT solutions and the role it plays in promoting job creation and income generation.

Africa Pure Technology (APT) is an internet portal connecting small scale farmers in Cote d’Ivoire. It is updated daily and provides technical farming information as well as real time market price information. Enjoying the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, the company seeks to promote Africa’s agribusiness sector by encouraging the automation of processes, formalising of the agribusiness sector, and exports of high-value agricultural produce.

Magloire N’Dakon

Extend Finance of the Ivory Coast

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2014

"I have already received some significant attention whilst still at the forum. DEG, the host organisation, approached me the following day to hear more about my project. They were very enthusiastic and interested to find funding for it. This in itself is fantastic. Receiving recognition from such a significant bank and coming back to the Ivory Coast with the award, the money and already a potentially very important backer! "

"What more can I ask for?!"

"We have already received promises of banking and support from the Ministry of Agriculture. This extra US$15.000 will really enable us to see the project take off, which is therefore perfect. It is exciting for us to know that not only did we present our project to such a diverse and exclusive audience but on top of that we won and will know receive the much needed revenue and visibility."

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Standing out from within the crowded private sector, they have demonstrated excellence in business. Through social impact and sustainability they represent a truly innovative African private sector.

EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2013

Jean Claude Ruzibiza

Owner and Managing Director of Rwanda Best

"The Agribusiness forum has been a great opportunity for me and my company to gain exposure to a wide and varied business community where potential business partnerships are emerging. During the B2B meetings we shared knowledge and experience and discussed possible solutions to meet challenges in our businesses."

"Among the significant people I met, I can mention the financial institutions leaders, high experienced agribusiness companies, high quality seeds producers and of course EMRC leaders, to whom I extend my heartfelt thanks for initiating this platform to promote business development in Africa."


AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2013

Marie-Claire Matamba

Agrimat (Gabon)

"I would say so much has changed. The Project Incubator Award created a momentum that I never foresaw. In the space of one year I have:I received the full support of the Government and I am now used as an example championed by various Ministries to promote agriculture and SMEs throughout the country.

I have media companies coming regularly to interview me and film my various farming activities which in turn have given me free publicity. Some of these interviews have also been shown in other African countries, once again giving me market visibility beyond Gabon.

Most importantly, with the money I have increased my overall production and been recognised at the national and regional level."


EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2012

Lovin Kobusingye

Kati Farms (Uganda)

"I would first of all encourage anyone who has something in line of business to participate in the EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award competition. This is because in this competition there is a levelled playground for everyone, the judges are free and fair and you get what you deserve."


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