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Entrepreneurship Award

In the framework of the 2015 edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum and to encourage sustainable development, economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa, EMRC presented "AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015", providing an African existing small-medium business with a financial contribution and exposure/visibility for a project.

The "AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015” was organized with the support of the Rabobank Foundation.

Raphael Group implements its business activities through SHIRCO consortium under a complete value chain model of rice, beans, groundnuts and sunflower. The company partners with other private businesses especially agro-dealers and credit providers that work directly with RGL contracted farmers.

Lazaro Mwakipesile

Founder of Raphael Group (Tanzania)

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015

"This is a moment for all the entrepreneurs from Tanzania. I am not only representing Raphael Group but also all the business people in my country who believe in what they do. This is a very special moment for me and everyone back home.”

Awards

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

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Markus Labuschagne

Altis Biologics, South Africa

"I was lucky enough to present in front of all the big investors here which really puts our company and name on the map. So now we can have more access to funds and strategic partners."

Previous Awards

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.

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2014

Magloire N’Dakon

Extend Finance of the Ivory Coast

"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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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."

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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."

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We seek to empower the spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa

  • Facilitate access to finance
  • Connect businesses horizontally and vertically
  • Create an exchange of know-how
  • Engage the relevant Public-Private dialogue
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