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The EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award  is an EMRC initiative launched in 2008 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa among SMEs. Held in conjunction with our business forums, a call will be sent out for entrepreneurs to put forward their project proposals during the AgriBusiness Forum 2014.

Finalists will present their business projects during one of the plenary sessions and the winning project will be announced on the evening of their presentations.

Why should you submit your project?

  • You could win a US$15,000 cash prize to boost your project further
  • Over 400 international participants will listen to your presentation
  • International media will be present to speak/interview you
  • Investors are coming to specifically find an innovative project to invest in
  • The Rabobank Foundation (part of Rabobank), a leading agri business bank working throughout Africa, will personally pick the finalists.

What is the selection process?

  • Candidates are invited to submit the application documents which can be downloaded below.
  • After the pre-selection procedure, the Selection Committee will announce the names of the four finalists.
  • The pre-selected candidates will present their projects during a targeted plenary session at the AgriBusiness Forum 2014 on the 28th of October 2014.

Documents for download

Application form

Apply to the Project Incubator Award in three simple steps:

  1. Register to the AgriBusiness Forum 2014here
  2. Fill in the EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2014 application formhere
  3. Email your application form to EMRC Project Manager Suzana Rosenberg –  

APPLICATION DEADLINE : 25 September 2014 

About the Rabobank Foundation:

  • It is the social fund of Rabobank – the global Dutch bank focusing on economic development and food security with branches across Africa.
  • Its main objective is to improve the living standards of groups of people that have no access to finance.
  • It supports cooperatives or member-based organisations which offer an opportunity to save, borrow or insure. Through this unique approach the Foundation helps to stimulate financial self-reliance and to create a sustainable civil society.

“What we don’t do is ‘charity old style’; we invest in independence and self-sufficiency. If you start by appealing to people’s own strengths you have the best chance that they will eventually be able to make it on their own steam.”
Pierre van Hedel, Rabobank Foundation Director

How the Project Incubator Award can benefit your business::

  • The US$15.000 cash prize could change the course of your business
  • You will be able to present your project to an international audience of over 400 participants
  • Local, regional and international media will be available to interview you
  • You can network with investors and financiers looking for innovative projects
  • Get to know your peers and international experts working in your field

About Graduate Farmers

TGFA is a civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors who deal with agriculture and agriculture marketing in general. The major aim of TGFA is to develop, promote, and influence structured business and initiatives that encourages and motivate youth especially graduates to tap in profitable agriculture value chains in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania with defined rules and regulations. TGFA also aimed at bringing dialogues for advocating improvement of the policy and enabling business environment in the country economy, strengthen information dissemination, technology and innovation, agribusiness development skills, business linkages and reduce constraints along the sector value chain. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers.
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