Discovering the Future
2020
AgriTech Accelerator
Support science and technology-backed startups and budding entrepreneurs offering solutions to tackle challenges in the agricultural sector of Armenia and worldwide
Call Ended
Stages
PARTNERS
General Information
About the program

ImpactAIM ANAU AgriTech Accelerator program is designed to support science and technology-backed startups and budding entrepreneurs offering solutions to tackle challenges in the agricultural sector of Armenia and worldwide. The program is launched by UNDP ImpactAIM Accelerator and implemented jointly with Armenia National Agrarian University (ANAU), Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE), Nation in Action initiative, is supported by Armenian National Innovation SDG Lab and ADB Ventures Facility.

AgriTech Acceleration program aims to provide the necessary knowledge, expertise, network, and funding for setting up, and/or scaling up existing ventures. Gap assessment is conducted to offer a tailored program best fitted to the participants’ individual needs. The full program will last 3 months followed by further prototyping sessions and scale-up schemes. The program will be conducted online and in three stages:

  • Onboarding sessions
  • Core startup development sessions
  • Follow up and prototyping sessions

Onboarding sessions will be open for everyone, and obligatory only for the idea, pre-seed/seed stage teams, and individuals, as they will pass to the next stage of the program based on their commitment and participation. The growth stage ventures will decide whether they want to join or not.

We are looking for:

  • Budding entrepreneurs (idea stage): to introduce and develop entrepreneurship culture by providing fundamental knowledge and practical skills.
  • Pre-seed and seed-stage startups: to take them through the entrepreneurial journey with each module being specifically designed to cover their needs. The track offers a structured curriculum and is mostly based on coaching on startup development modules and mentorship.
  • Growth stage startups: to provide tailor-made coaching and mentorship. The core component of the track is growing the network of startups to further scale their venture.

After the successful completion of each stage, the most promising graduates will receive monetary awards/grants of up to 10,000 USD.

Access to funding is an integral part of the program. To fuel the further growth of successful ventures, the program is partnering also with ADB Ventures. Promising startups will also receive an opportunity to pitch in front of the investors from the Science & Technology Angels Network (STAN). The global scale-up perspective envisions that the most promising startups will benefit from UNDP in Armenia - Cultiv@te: Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture initiative partnership.

108
Applicant entrepreneurs
26
Applicant startups
15
Countries
Eligibility criteria

The program targets only science and technology-backed startups (pre-seed, seed, and growth stage) and budding entrepreneurs (Idea Stage). Individuals, teams, and registered entities (CSO/NGO, LLC, LTD, etc.) both from Armenia and around the world are eligible to apply if they offer solutions to tackle challenges in the agricultural sector.

*The solutions that also target responding urgent challenges caused by COVID-19 in the short and long terms, will be considered of higher priority.

Click here to go to detailed descriptions of the challenges.

Selection process

Individuals (ready tackling the challenges in the agricultural sector is not mandatory)

All individual applicants are required to submit information about themselves and the reason for participation by filling an online application form. Selected eligible applicants will be invited to take part in Onboarding sessions․ Participation for the selected individual participants in the Onboarding sessions is mandatory.

Startup teams (idea stage, pre-seed stage, seed-stage, and growth-stage startups)

The application process for startup teams is organized through the GUST platform. All the interested applicants are required to submit information on their product, market, competitors, the team, and the challenge they are targeting to solve. All selected startup teams will be invited to take part in Onboarding sessions․ (However, more advanced teams can skip the Onboarding Sessions and get direct access to the next stage). For growth/mature stage ventures a specially tailored program will be organized adjusted to their personal needs.

After the completion of the Onboarding Sessions, the most promising individuals and startups will pass to the next stage of the program based on the following:

  • Personal commitment: participation in the online sessions
  • The level of involvement during the sessions
  • Number and quality of submitted deliverables/assignments
1
Demo Day
13
Teams
$18000
Awards
Agricultural challenges