Applications are now open for the 2024 GAIN AGRI-Business Innovation Challenge. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition in partnership with the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) has co-created the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge to attract eligible agritech startups with solutions for improving the food supply chain in Nigeria.

The Challenge aims to identify, develop, and scale innovative solutions to food safety challenges and a healthier food supply chain that can meet the needs of a growing population while also addressing the urgent challenges posed by climate change in Nigeria. In addition, the challenge which is a part of GAIN’s Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples project provides technical assistance training to women and youth-led start-ups to strengthen their capacity, improve their access to financial services, and develop their business concepts leveraging innovation to improve food supply chain efficiency in Nigeria.


  • Applications are now open to all eligible agri-tech startups in Nigeria. 
  • Women and Youths aged 18-35 years (Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply)
  • Applicants must have agri-business innovations that can address and solve the Food Supply Chain challenges in Nigeria.
  • Shortlisted candidates should be willing to commit to all programme deliverables.
  • Finalists should be willing to test and replicate their solutions in the following states of Nigeria; Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Ibadan
  • All Applicants must have businesses registered with  the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Previous beneficiaries are ineligible to apply


Shortlisted early-stage startups with a Minimum Viable Product  should expect to go through the following process from the programme; 

  • Pitch Readiness bootcamp
  • Technical Assistance Programme
  • Deal Day
  • Demo Day
  • Mentorship Community
  • ₦ 20,000,000 EQUITY-FREE GRANT

Method of Application

For More Information,

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Application Deadline:  26th, July 2024.