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Some moments deserve a special mention.


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.

Winner 2017 edition

Christian Mwijage

Managing Director of EcoAct (Tanzania)

Christian Mwijage, Managing Director of EcoAct (Tanzania), won the AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017. EcoAct Tanzania is a social enterprise established to address the challenges of urban waste management, plastic pollution, deforestation and climate change. EcoAct recycles and transforms consumer plastic waste into durable and environmentally friendly plastic lumber. The winner received a cash prize as well as a one-year media and social media promotion.

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015

Lazaro Mwakipesile

Founder of Raphael Group (Tanzania)

"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.”

Health Award Winner

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."

EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2015

Ruth Kinoti

Shalem Investments (Kenya)

" What I will always remember is that I managed to share my project and my dreams in front of people from all over the world. The audience was remarkable and winning the award is a moment that I am sure will change my business forever."

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."

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."

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2012

Anastácio Roque Gonçalves


“It is a great honour to be nominated as the winner! Presenting my organisation and the vision I have for it to grow to the entire AFIF 2012 audience was exciting; and winning it was really an honour for me and for all the people that take part in this great project in Angola. It was a day I will not forget and I thank EMRC and its partners HIVOS/VC4Africa for this amazing opportunity,”

EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2011

Everlyne Cherobon

EMEDEN (Kenya)

"Indeed, winning the prize was a defining moment for me and my business. It is difficult to put in words, exactly how I felt when my project emerged the winner. It sounded surreal like it was about someone else. It was only the following day that I truly believed my project had won. Winning this prize, means for me a vote of confidence on what I hope to do with smallholder farmers in the drylands of Kenya. It means there is business sense in working with smallholder farmers in Africa. It means a lot of attention needs to be focused on them."

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2011

Suzanne Marie Belemtougri

Sophavet (Burkina Faso)

"The current recognition and financial help that I eventually received by PSI would not have been possible without the marketing and networking done during the EMRC forum and by the EMRC team,” explains Suzanne. "Actively attending such events is essential for any company that needs to find funding and wants to expand."

EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2010

Maria Odido

Bee Natural Uganda

"In entering the Project Incubator Award, a company/person can get recognition for their activities and can also measure themselves against other participants and meet with people and organisations, to see if they are on the right path or not. To be selected to present your company to this great audience, whether one wins or not, gives a company leverage and recognition."

EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2009

Mathias Adou Kouakou & Fabien Yao Zogalou

COOGES, Coopérative Générale de Sepingo (IVORY COAST)

"The AgriBusiness 2009 brought us some much-needed business exposure. We were able to attract the attention of several organizations, some from the cashew nut sector and others not. We have also become members of the African Cashew Alliance (l’Alliance pour le Cajou Africain), which helps reinforce product quality in the production process."

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2009

Derek Kwesiga

Derekorp (Uganda)

"This victory gives my company credibility to those who don’t know us yet. It’s an achievement that shows our commitment to the community, not to mention the obvious financial benefits. We plan to utilise this prize in two key areas: to help in expediting our goals to start packaging by the end of the year (buying the packaging materials etc.), and also to facilitate training sessions/tutorials on the benefits of cooperatives and other such models that would give local farmers more leverage in the marketplace."

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