The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations fromÂ 19 African countries. The application is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to:
- Health:Â Online healthcare support; disease-testing solutions; medical data sharing and privacy protection solutions; distribution of drugs and medical equipment; IoT, including 3D printers, in the medical field
- Disaster management:Â Geo-tracking during disasters; emergency information dissemination
- Business services:Â Support for remote workers; efficient management/operation of online events
- Education sector:Â Remote learning support
- Food and agriculture:Â Efficient food/commodity distribution technology
- Finance:Â Contactless transactions/payment; lending/insurance services to SMEs and individuals
- Logistics:Â delivery service, urban mobility management
- Other:Â Substituting imported goods with local innovative technology
NINJA Business Plan Competition Prizes.
- Winners from each country will be given a chance to sign a work contract with JICA for their innovation(s).
- Winners will be eligible for equity/debt-free sum of up toÂ USD $30,000Â by JICA for covering costs associated with the proposed activities including remuneration of staffs, other expenses, and indirect local tax.
- Winners may also get the opportunity to travel to Japan for further investments and business partnerships sponsored by JICA.
- Open to organisations with their head office or a branch in one of the target countries.
- Profit/non-profit organisations registered as an independent legal entity. Proposals from individuals will not be considered.
- Companies with a very strong management team of at least 2 people.
- Businesses that have an innovative product(s) or service(s) in response or adaptable to the pandemic and post-pandemic society OR have a feasible business plan to create prototypes (MVP).
Eligible Countries:Â Angola, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
- The proposal should introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability in the current and post COVID-19 era.
- Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.
- JICA may establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.
- Each country will have 8 to 10 finalists out of which up to 5 winners will be selected.
- Winners from each country will participate in the grand finale
How to Apply
When applying, each company is to submit a business plan with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be achieved within about 6 months.
For any queries about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address:Â firstname.lastname@example.org.