Green Innovation & Agritech Slam 2019

Green Innovation & Agritech Slam 2019

10 winners; Over 1 Million Birr Prize; Business Development Support

Wednesday, 7th August 2019

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through its Green Innovation Centres project in cooperation with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) funded by the European Union, and iceaddis, are launching the Green Innovation & Agritech Slam 2019 (GIAS). The GIAS is a nationwide agricultural business competition that aims to find innovative solutions to critical challenges of the agricultural sector. 

The competition supports Ethiopian agricultural entrepreneurs and is awarding 10 innovative and bright entrepreneurs or businesses, with over 1,000,000 Birr shared prize among winners. The winners will also receive extensive business development support; expert advice; mentorship; and an opportunity to travel to Germany for an exposure visit (for first prize winners only) in the field of their business idea. The business competitions are specifically targeted at young and women owned or co-owned companies to apply. 

“Agriculture is the cornerstone of the Ethiopian economy. Disseminating agricultural innovations are essential to increase productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers. By strengthening the private sector, up- and downstream enterprises, and promoting entrepreneurship directed towards challenges of the agricultural sector, the service provision for smallholder farmers can be improved” Laura de Guevara, GIZ - Green Innovation Centres – Ethiopia

The innovations and ideas are expected to bring solutions to critical challenges of the wheat, legumes and honey value chain and to digital needs of agricultural stakeholders in Ethiopia. These are believed to eventually contribute to job creation of young and women entrepreneurs.  

“Digital technologies have the potential to transform the agricultural sector. CTA is confident that a focus on digital solutions among youth in this regard will help to boost Ethiopia’s future food security and create jobs across the agricultural value chain,” Ken Lohento, CTA

The nationwide business competition opens on 7th August with 5 categories. Applications from all over the country will go through rigorous selection process to identify and award the final 10 winners at the Grand Award Ceremony on November 14th, 2019. A conference will also be held on November 15th, 2019. 

"iceaddis recognizes the need to bring innovation by young Ethiopians to the agriculture scene. It is time we support our small holder farmers better with innovation and technology." Markos Lemma, iceaddis

The Green Innovation & Agritech Slam welcomes individuals, private businesses, higher learning institutes and governmental and non-governmental organizations with innovative ideas and businesses in the selected value chains, as well as young digital innovators offering digital services to the entire agricultural sector.

The competition is organized in collaboration with the FDRE Ministry of Agriculture and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).

About the Competition

The competition categories of this year’s Green Innovation & Agritech Slam 2019 are as follows:

The Value Chain Challenge

Application Deadline

October 1st, 2019

Do you run a business or have an idea to upscale your business in the food and agriculture value chains of wheat, legumes or honey?

Then apply in these categories

Nutrition & Consumer Market:

We are looking for businesses that want to enter the market with new/ improved products or innovations in the food processing sector that aim at food security or healthy eating

Agri-Inputs & Equipments:

Does your business idea address challenges in the agri-input systems or proposes innovative products to increase productivity, ease maintenance or substitute imports?

Environmental Protection & Sustainability 

Apply here, if you have an innovative idea on how to protect the environment or promote sustainability in the selected value chains

Pitch AgriHack Challenge 

Application Deadline:

September 10th, 2019

Are you young entrepreneurs (aged between 18 to 35 years old) and do you have innovative digital solutions for the entire agriculture sector? 

Then apply in these categories

Pre-revenue digital startups:

We are looking for early stage digital solutions that can solve agricultural problems and support agricultural sector. However, you must have an existing prototype

Post-revenue digital startups: 

Do you run a post-revenue digital business focusing on agriculture? Your solution must be already generating revenues, even if it is not yet profitable.


  • Young and driven entrepreneurs 
  • Resident in Ethiopia 
  • Submit the application by the deadlines. For the Value Chain Challenge this is October 1st,2019, and for Pitch AgriHack Challenge, September 10th, 2019. 

Mode of Application 

Applications can be submitted through our web form which is available at or submitted in printed format at selected regional institutions and partners. For more information about submissions, kindly contact us directly.

Selection Process 

The selection of winners is determined by an independent jury composed by the private sector, government ministries, development agencies and business consultants. The organizers do not influence the outcome of the jury's decision.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)-supported Green Innovation Centres for the Food and Agriculture Sector (GIC) programme in Ethiopia co-organizes the competition. 

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) co-organizes the competition through its AgriHack Talent Programme.

Iceaddis is an innovation hub and co-creation space which facilitates technological innovations, creative projects, and startups support. Iceaddis provides young entrepreneurs, local and visiting creatives with professional support and consultancy. iceaddis implements the competition.  

You are cordially invited to the launching event to know more about the competition. 

For more information and media inquiries, please contact: 

Markos Lemma, General Manager at iceaddis: +251 (0) 11 667 48 04;

Wibishet Fessha Assefa, PR & Communication Advisor, GIZ-Supported Green Innovation Centres for the Food and Agriculture Sector (GIC): +251 (0) 911 24 94 20;

Toby Johnson, Team Leader, Communications, CTA, +31 (0) 6 10 88 50 80, 


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