Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack 2016 Finale (Demo Day & Presentation of Awards)


Finalists with members of the jury

The Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack in West Africa 2016 came to a memorable end with a “6 days onsite incubation programme” at Wennovation Hub, Ibadan – Nigeria. The CTA project also dubbed “AgriHack West Africa”, saw 8 teams comprising of 18 finalists selected from a hackathon earlier in August, come in from various cities across 3 West African countries of Benin, Nigeria and Togo.

The onsite incubation programme which concludes the WennoKick virtual incubation programme – a 5 weeks virtual incubation programme which the 18 finalist had earlier gone through – began on Monday the 14th and ended in a demo day on 18th of November, 2016.

The first two days of the programme was concentrated on revision of the WennoKick materials on the following topics;

  1. Vision & Values, Goal setting
  2. Lean Methodologies
  3. Problem definition
  4. Business Model Canvas
  5. Opportunity sizing
  6. Competition & Competitive advantage
  7. BM Pyramid
  8. Customer Discovery & Story telling
  9. MVP, Pivots
  10. Co-founders & Equity
  11. Marketing, Sales
  12. Capital Raising
  13. Pitching

On the third day of the programme, finalists were taken through a thorough financial planning and forecast course which helped them develop 3 years financial plans.

The fourth day was focused on start-up mentoring. There were virtual and in-person mentor sessions. Finalists had the opportunity to interact with serial entrepreneurs and angel investors about the idea they have been developing.

The onsite incubation programme came to a close on Friday, 18th November, 2016 with pitch and demo sessions. Finalists pitch their solutions to the jury who in-turn, scored and gave them valuable feed backs.

Finalists were graded based on three activities namely;
1. WennoKick workbooks (25%)
2. Elevator pitch (5%)
3. Investor pitch (70%)


While each of the 18 finalists walked away with mobile phones, each of the winning teams from the pitch sessions was awarded 1850 euros as developmental prizes.

The winning teams include;

S/N Team Names Country/City Idea/Startup Description
1 Team Agroinnova Nigeria/Ibadan Designed a platform that allows fish sellers to list their products in details online before harvest and buyers can book online ahead
2 Team Safari Nigeria/Warri Designed a Fish Trading Portal that enables transactions across all nodes of the Nigerian Fish Market value chain.
3 Team Fisher_innove Benin/Cotonou

Designed a mobile application and a fish feed production unit. A mobile platform for the fish farmers who can compose their feed and our production unit will manufacture it for delivery to the fish farmer.

4 Team Lizi Togo/Lome

Developed a system for regulating water level and measuring the most important physicochemical parameters (T ° C, pH, O2, and turbidity) in intensive fish farming.

These teams will continue to receive advisory and technical support from Wennovation Hub - Nigeria, EtriLabs - Benin and Woelab - Togo for the next 4.5 months.

Win investment for your start-up at Pitch AgriHack


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, is launching the pilot edition of Pitch AgriHack, a new component of its AgriHack Talent Programme.

Pitch AgriHack 2016 is open to young ICT start-ups from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform.


Pitch AgriHack will:

  • provide a business training boot camp
  • create a platform for pitching service offered to potential investors
  • facilitate grants, investments and additional incubation/acceleration opportunities.


Two categories are available:

  • Early stage platform

This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that have already been developed but still need software or business model improvements. Participants must be able to demonstrate the business potential and functional features of their applications or platforms.

  •  Advanced platform

This category is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that are already in operation and generating revenues.



Winning teams will receive a cash prize of up to €15,000, as well as promotional support, additional capacity building and networking opportunities. They may also benefit from investments from supporters of Pitch AgriHack.

Application process

Start-ups will provide details on problems addressed, the technical solution proposed, key metrics, customer segments targeted, unique value proposition compared with the competition, cost structure, revenue streams and other business strategy inputs. They will also demonstrate that they are incorporated or are already about to close this process. Starts-ups may register directly or be nominated to enter Pitch AgriHack.

Selection process

Applications will be screened by teams of business experts and investors.

Key Dates

Deadline for registration and nomination: 25 September 2016
Announcement of selected finalist start-ups which will take part in the boot camp and pitching physical event: Week of 22 October 2016
Boot camp and pitching events: 22 to 24 November 2016 in Kenya

Get involved!

To take part, read carefully the information about the activity and the rules, and go to the Venture for Africa platform to register ; click on “Apply“. Make sure to prepare your inputs before starting. You can also save and continue later. Apply by 25 September 2016!

About Pitch AgriHack

Pitch AgriHack is an ambitious four year project that complements CTA’s activities on ICT for agriculture. These include hackathons organised within the framework of the AgriHack Talent initiative; Apps4Ag learning opportunities; Plug and Play events; and other support to ICT4Ag projects. It complements and expand the on-ongoing AgriHack Talent programme, which supports youth ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture.

The ultimate objective is to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and promotion of youth employment. It is expected that, after mobilisation of additional resources and the full launch of the programme, about 500 e-agriculture start-ups would have been supported, with effective services to farmers and agricultural stakeholders delivered in many ACP countries by the end of the programme. It will be implemented in collaboration with key national and international institutions, multinational private sector bodies, investors, incubators and accelerators.

Apart from institutions mentioned above, partners involved in the pilot edition include DevLab, mLab East Africa, VC4Africa, IBizAfrica, Wennovation Hub, Bongo Hive, Outbox Hub, etc.


For more information, please click on Pitch AgriHack 2016

Wennovation Hub YEFFA 2016 applicant wins $5000 Award from Accelerators Monitoring and Evaluation Partner; Emory University

The Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack 2016 (YEFFA 2016) – a Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) and Wennovation Hub sponsored ICT4Ag program focused on ICT interventions in the Aquaculture value chain in West Africa – received well over 100 team entries across West Africa after its “call for ideas” earlier in April 2016. 93 participants across West Africa (56 – Nigeria, 17 – Benin, 20 – Togo) accepted an invitation to attend a day boot camp where they gained vital tools and techniques for innovation and entrepreneurship in Agriculture. At the boot camp, 20 entrepreneurial teams with the brightest ideas were selected to proceed into the next round of the program. These 20 teams, across all locations, comprising of 3 members each participated in an “orientation by immersion” program for 1 day followed by a 3 day “Hackathon” program to develop commercially viable solutions to resilient challenges in the fish farm value chain in West Africa. At the close of the Hackathon, 8 teams across 4 cities in the 3 West African Countries emerged with the best prototypes. These teams have been admitted into the WennoKick program; a 6 weeks pre-acceleration program followed by a 4.5 month incubation program.

On a related note, Wennovation Hub recently enrolled with the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI); an Emory University and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) led collaboration between US Global Development Lab (a USAID program), Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation. GALI is designed to weigh on a global scale the impact of Incubators and Accelerators on Startup Entrepreneurship.

GALI seeks to answer key questions about enterprise acceleration including: Do acceleration programs contribute to revenue growth? Do they help companies attract investment? What types of programs offered by accelerators have the highest impact on entrepreneurial success? What can we learn about the entrepreneurs who participate in the accelerator programs?

As part of the GALI program, 60 entrepreneurial teams from Wennovation Hub’s YEFFA 2016 program are participating in the GALI program, at Emory University, to benchmark their performance over the next couple of years with or without Wennovation Hub’s Acceleration program and incubation support. This program is for both YEFFA location finalists and runner ups. The GALI program will follow up with all respondents (the 60 teams) to benchmark the performances of those selected as location finalists into YEEFA’s Acceleration program versus those who applied for YEFFA but did not make it as location finalists.

To encourage participation in the program, each team who agrees to participate in the GALI program (by filling the form Wennovation Hub sent to them) is entered into a draw to win one of four $5000 unrestricted awards for their ventures in a transparent online quarterly draw. Fortunately, one of the applicant teams to YEFFA 2016 was one of the 4 global lucky winners of the $5000 award, given by Wennovation Hub’s Monitoring and Evaluation Partner; Emory University, Atlanta Georgia, USA.

Till date, Emory University have worked with nearly 60 accelerator programs around the world, including Village Capital, Points of Light Civic Accelerator and Technoserve programs. Through these many partners, they have collected and analyzed data from more than 3,500 early-stage ventures.

Congratulations to the IITA-Youth Agripreneurs-Abuja on being selected as one of the 4 global lucky winners for this quarter.
If interested in participating in the GALI program or joining any of our programs at Wennovation Hub, send a mail to for details or follow us @wennovation, and you could be the next winner!

Day 2: Agrihack participants meet with stakeholders at immersion sites

The top five teams in each location of intervention visited selected fish farms and associations where they met and interacted with relevant stakeholders in the four West African cities.

The immersion exercise allowed the enterprising youths to gain insights into pain points of fish farmers, marketers, process engineers, policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders. These series of exposures are expected to set the stage right for them to develop market-fit solutions to the identified challenges at the 48-hour hackathon later this week.


Selected teams at the Ugbokore Progressive Farmers Association site - Warri, Nigeria


Some of the sites visited are:
1. Azemor Farms - Ibadan, Nigeria
2. Ugbokore Progressive Fish Farmers Association - Warri, Nigeria
3. United Ufuoma Fish Farmers Association aka Fish Village - Warri, Nigeria
4. Baguida Fish Farming Village - Lome, Togo
5. Fondaton Tanon - Cotonou, Benin Republic among others.



Selected teams at the Ugbokore Progressive Farmers Association site - Warri, Nigeria


As expected, the top teams were able to clarify their thoughts with field practitioners and professionals at the immersion sites by asking questions that are related to the solutions they intend to develop. It was a long day full of questions and lots of answers – a kind of discovery for the participants. Aside from the fact that they were able to obtain field data relevant to their proposed solutions, the immersion has also boosted the capacity of the selected teams such that knowledge gained will remain valuable far beyond the AgriHack programme.


                                       Selected Teams at Baguida Village – Lome, Togo

The host organizations were thrilled to receive the passionate youths who have come from various backgrounds of engineering, marketing, agriculture, public administration, and health. Participants are now set to hit the hackerspace and build protoypes based on data gathered. Join us as we stream the hackathon live on our Twitter via Periscope and Facebook via Facebook Live Streaming.

undefined      Selected top teams at Fondation Tonon, Benin Republic.


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Agrihack West Africa 2016 participants inspired at bootcamp



The 2016 Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack West Africa (YEFFA) continues with a week-long series of events.

The CTA sponsored ICT4Ag intervention is being staged simultaneously in four West African cities of Ibadan, Warri, Lome, and Cotonou and hosted at technology hubs of Wennovation Hub, PIND, Woelab, and EtriLabs respectively.

Following several months of concept notes submission and selection of semi-finalists, YEFFA ushered about 50 different teams into an engaging week stacked with bootcamp, immersion, and a 48-hour Hackathon.

The bootcamp aims at developing the capacity of participants on vital innovation topics relevant to the AgriHack challenge, equip them with essential know-hows which would help them develop high impact and sustainable solutions and also ignite agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship instincts in them.

At the bootcamp, participants learnt important concepts of business education such as business model canvas development and a review of blue ocean strategy for creating uncontested market space. Over 100 young agropreneurs across West Africa are already benefitting from the Wennovation Hub led project and are expected to replicate lessons in their start-ups and various communities.

The program continues on Wednesday (today) with immersion.



 Participants at Wennovation Hub - Ibadan, Nigeria



Participants at Woelab - Lome, Togo



Participants at PIND Foundation - Warri, Nigeria



Participants at EtriLabs - Cotonou, Benin

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AgriHack West Africa now receiving entries: Apply!

The Youth-Enabled Fish Farming ‪#‎AgriHack (YEFFA) also known as AgriHack West Africa is now receiving applications from ICT innovators, developers, fish farmers and fish farming enthusiasts who are based in one of the 3 focus countries: Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and are interested in working towards solving any of the persistent problems of the fish value chain in these countries.

Successful applications stand a chance to win substantial prizes including cash awards, capacity building and incubation opportunities. 

Visit to get involved!

Application portal closes by 12th of April, 2016.

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