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 info@wennovationhub.org for details or follow us @wennovation, facebook.com/wennovationhub and you could be the next winner!

Launch of the Fish Farming AgriHack in West Africa

New innovations continue to revolutionize the way we carry out fish farming. In an increasingly digital world, mobile solutions are also being called upon to tackle some of the challenges that the sector faces.

In line with this, the Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack (YEFFA) project was selected last year by CTA following the launch of its Youth call for proposals. The objective of the project is to use information technology to help solve challenges in the fish farming value chains in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The initiative is led by Wennovation Hub (an ICT innovation center in Nigeria) in collaboration with e-triLabs and Woelab (ICT innovation centres in Benin and Togo respectively) and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).

YEFFA is an adaptation of the AgriHack Talent Initiative that CTA has been championing, which aims to support ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth up to 35 years old.
Also dubbed AgriHack West Africa, YEFFA will kick off with an in-depth look at the challenges in the fish farming value chain via stakeholders' engagement events to be held in each of the four participating cities in West Africa, namely Cotonou, Ibadan, Lome and Warri. These events will identify specific issues affecting the sector, so as to guide prospective participants to develop truly viable fish farming ICT solutions. Participating national and regional stakeholders will include fish farmers, fish wholesalers and retailers, harvested-fish and fish-feeds processors, support organisations, academics and policy makers.

Subsequently, the online portal of AgriHack West Africa will be launched and opened to prospective teams for submission of ideas. Ideas submitted will go through evaluation by an appointed jury with expertise in fish farming, ICTs and business management. Pre-selected entrants will be invited for a boot camp for interactions and coaching, and a final selection of participating teams will be made.
Five teams in each participating city will go for an immersion exercise at predetermined sites. This will help them understand better the present state of the fish farming ecosystem, exchange with practitioners on the field and gain clearer insight into how best to develop their solutions.

A 48-hours hackathon (intensive ICT application development session) will follow right after this immersion. The hackathon will take place simultaneously across all four participating cities. There will be technical and business mentors to guide hackers through their development. Best participants will benefit from additional training in entrepreneurship in ICTs for agriculture service provision, and will be involved in regional and national mentorship and incubation activities for several months. They will also have the opportunity to pitch their applications to potential users and investors in West Africa and beyond.

Best applications developed are expected to be high-impact solutions to identified challenges affecting the value chain of fish farming. The project aims to facilitate employment opportunities to best participants, through capacity building and provision of ICT services to the aquaculture sector in West Africa.

Are you ready to drive innovations in fish farming and improve your professional perspectives? Mobilize your team or build a multi-skilled team, start highlighting your ideas and get ready for the launch of the application portal on 1st March 2016!

For more information and to take part in the initial activities planned by end February in Benin, Nigeria and Togo, you can reach implementers at the addresses provided below.
- Nigeria: Wennovation Hub (YEFFA Project leader): agrihack@wennovationhub.org, +234 909 000 2647
- Benin: e-Trilab: amurielle@etrilabs.com
- Togo: WoeLab: labs@lafricainedarchitecture.com

Stay connected

Visit the AgriHack West Africa Website: http://agrihackwestafrica.org/

Follow the collaborating partners on Twitter:

Wennovation Hub

EtriLabs

WoeLab


The YEFFA project is one of the projects selected in 2015 as part of the CTA Youth Call for Proposals, launched in the framework of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) Project.

Follow CTA's ARDYIS project on Twitter, Facebook or visit its website.

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