The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) is placing a call for applications to enrol women and youth Agribusiness entrepreneurs from Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Kakamega, Siaya and Trans Nzoia into the program. Successful applicants benefit from agribusiness entrepreneurship opportunities available within their localities as well as the other services offered within the BIHs.
The Kenya Climate Innovation Center, which is one of the implementing partners, is placing a call for applications to enrol Agribusiness entrepreneurs into the programme. The AgriBiz programme will address key challenges that hinder youth and women from tapping into the immense potential in the agricultural sector. The program will equally support the full spectrum of the value chain from agricultural inputs and producers, to suppliers for end consumers in conventional agricultural, fisheries and livestock.
Women and Youth-led businesses:
- Women Entrepreneur(s) (of any age) in Agribusiness and Women-led Agribusinesses (minimum shareholding of 51%).
- Youth Entrepreneur(s) (aged between 18-35 years) in Agribusiness and youth-led Agribusinesses (minimum shareholding of 51%).
Categories of applicants:
- Individuals: – Any woman or youth, involved in a commercially viable agribusiness
- Community-based organization (CBO) or self-help group (SHG): Must comprise of community members who are registered under a SelfHelp Group (SHG) or a Community Based Organization (CBO) carrying out commercially viable business activities within the agricultural value chain. Majority of the members (above 80%) must be either women or youth (aged between 18-35 years) with the main leadership positions being held by either women or youth.
- SMEs_: Small and Medium Enterprises established with commercially viable business ideas within the agricultural value chain. The business should be operational and generating revenues with an employee base of at least 5 people.
Nationality and Location:
- The applicant must be a Kenyan citizen;
- The Agribusiness must be located within the 47 counties of Kenya.
Agribusiness and agribusiness ideas:
- Applicants must be engaged in the legal business.
- All Agribusinesses must be Agribusiness Ideas, or an early/growth stage, with no specific year range.
- Applicants must demonstrate that their Agribusiness is set up, or in the case of an Agribusiness, Idea will be set up and based in Kenya.
- Applicants are solely responsible for the structure of the Agribusiness and the team members within it.
- Agricultural, fisheries and livestock value chain actors engaged along the value chain are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to input providers, processors, producers, transporters, marketers and aggregators etc.
- All applications must be submitted online through the Kenya Climate Innovation Center website Application portal or respective Agriculture Training Centres (ATCs) and respective county government offices between the 21st of October 2020 and 20th November 2020 at 8:00 PM (20:00) EAT (the “Application Window”).
- The Applicants must complete an application form by answering a series of mandatory questions.
- Personal information supplied in the application form such as names, addresses and date of birth should be verifiable.
- The Applicant must provide current correspondence address, email and telephone numbers and inform of any changes.
- Upon submission of the application form, an email will be sent to the Applicant and/or via the preferred contact method indicated in their application.
- Once submitted, applications cannot be altered or amended.
- Review of applications will commence immediately after submission, and shortlisting of Applicants will take place following the close of the Application Window on 20th November at 8:00 PM (20:00) EAT.
- The applications will be screened for eligibility. The eligible applications will then be evaluated on a set of criteria. A scoring system will be used to provide each application with a score between 0 and 100 (100 being most successful).
- All applicants will receive an official response on their application determining whether they were successful or not. KCIC is not obligated to provide substantive feedback on the unsuccessful application.
- Applicants will be contacted via email and/or via the preferred contact method indicated in their application.
- Due Diligence shall be carried out on the successful applicants to verify eligibility prior to any potential offer of a placement in the program. Applications that do not meet all or some of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.
- If Applicants are offered a place in the program, they will be expected to execute a legal agreement with Kenya Climate Innovation center, by signing a Letter of Agreement.
- Applicants must accept the offer and return the signed Agreement within seven (7) working days, otherwise the offer lapses.
- In general, communications with the Applicants will primarily be by email, from the Kenya Climate Innovation center designated email address to the email address provided by the Applicant on the submission form. Applicants are therefore advised to store the Kenya Climate Innovation center contact details in their email address books to avoid the email from being delivered to their spam folder.
For more information, visit https://agribiz.kenyacic.org/apply/