Chance to Attend the Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 in China

Chance to Attend the Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 in China

Chine 17 oct. 2020
Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Zhejiang University, are co-organizing the Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 to harness innovation solutions in response to the challenges associated with 'distribution and sales of agri-food products'. The selected teams will be invited to further develop and pitch their digital development solutions in Zhejiang Province, China on 27-28 November 2020 with all relevant expenses covered. Winning teams will be granted seed funding, and the opportunity to participate in a one-week agro-Bootcamp and world study tour.

Aimed at identifying, accelerating, and scaling-up youth-led innovative business models and digital solutions to unlock the potentials of agri-food innovation to address the challenges of distribution and sales of agri-food products, FAO, in partnership with Zhejiang University is organizing the 2020 Global AgriInno Challenge implementing the following actions:

  • sharing the latest information, knowledge, and best practices in agri-food innovation, technology, and business models;
  • building an enabling environment through Public-Private-Partnership and co-creation opportunities with diverse participants, practitioners, and experts;
  • engaging and empowering the young agripreneurs and innovators to tackle development challenges through FAO and partners’ global network and continuous support during and after the innovation challenge.


The Global AgriInno Challenge 2020 is open for all youth with digital innovations or ideas for the agri-food sector. English and Chinese are the two working languages during the Global AgriInno Challenge 2020. However, all the proposals and presentations will be conducted in English. 

Ideally, the team should be composed of the following skillset:

  • Human-centered design.
  • Agri-food product distribution and sales.
  • Agri-food business model development.
  • Software programming/data engineering.

Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria for the final competition in China are as follows:

  • The team has registered as a company or the project has been operational for 2-5 years.
  • The theme of this year is the distribution and sales of agri-food products.
  • The team needs to harness digital technology to solve a problem relating to agri-food product distribution and sales.
  • Teams with female agripreneurs are highly encouraged.
  • One leader of the group must be below 35 years old.
  • Each team should be composed of a minimum of 2 people, maximum of 5 people to participate on-site.
  • The feasibility and ability of technology to solve the problem of the distribution and sales of agri-food products must be clearly presented.
  • The possibility of replication or scaling-up the business model must be demonstrated.


The selected teams to attend the final competition in China will benefit from:

  • 2-day professional development on around your team’s solution through an approach of co-creation with other young agripreneurs/innovators and experienced experts worldwide. All expenses for attending this final competition in China will be covered, including a) travel expenses: round-trip flight and/or train; local transportation fee (taxi/bus/subway); b) accommodation and meals; c) visa application fees as applicable for international participants.
  • The access to open data sets from FAO and other partners.
  • Advice from experienced experts from the UN, international organizations, the private sector, and academia, and the chance to have a dialogue with high-level representatives from leading companies and organizations.
  • The chance to meet top angel investors from venture capital funds and business leaders in the agri-food sector who may invest in your solutions.
  • The chance to build your global network in smart agriculture with a multitude of stakeholders.
  • The top winning teams will receive seed funding (the amount will be communicated at a later stage).
  • The top winning teams will have the opportunity to join a one-week agro-Bootcamp and World Study Tour (training, travel, and accommodation covered) in 2021 to visit FAO and meet world-leading companies and organizations in the agri-food innovation sector.

About FAO:

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. They believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

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