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UNIDO Award for Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness


The second edition of an international competition called “Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness” has been launched by the Italian Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO ITPO Italy), in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR), and the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit. The contest aims to identify the most innovative technologies and ideas available worldwide in agribusiness, which could lead to social and economic improvement in developing countries. The first edition of the competition was held during Expo Milano 2015.


  • The competition is open to start-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprises and large companies, research organizations and universities, associations and NGO institutions.
  • In the selection process, particular attention will be given to technologies and innovative solutions that can help improve the processing and conservation of food products, tackle food waste, and valorize agricultural products of small agricultural communities, as well as to technologies that produce energy from alternative sustainable sources.

The proposal submitted by participants to the tender must be from applicants belonging to the following categories:

  • Micro, small, medium, and large enterprises;
  • Startups operating in sectors linked to the contest;
  • Research centers, incubators, Technology Transfer offices, university spin-offs, and academia;
  • Public-Private Partnerships;
  • Associations, business consortia and networks, NGOs, as well as public and private foundations linked to the business world and international cooperation.

The joint participation of candidates belonging to different admissible categories, with the adequate indication of the leading applicants, will represent an added value to the project. Belonging to a team will have to be a well-motivated decision.


At the end of the selection process the jury will select 5 winners: one for the category “Women”, one for the “Young – Under 35” and 3 for the overall category.

Winners will be contacted in the days following the date of closure of the call for proposals and invited to the Award Ceremony scheduled on May 10, 2017 in Milan within the framework of Seeds & Chips, The Global Food Innovation Summit to be held in Rho Fiera Milano from 8 to 11 May 2017.

Specifically, the Award Ceremony will take place during the Special Conference – Inspire Power “Food Security for Developing Countries”.

The winners will also be offered the following services:

  • Opportunity to participate as a keynote speaker and guest of honor in the Special Conference – Inspire Power “Food Security for Developing Countries” in Seeds & Chips;
  • Submission of the winner project proposals to MATERIAS, An Early Stage Accelerator for Combined Innovative Startup, in order to evaluate the eligibility for its acceleration program (the assessment will be carried out by the scientific/industrial board and internal investors);
  • Realization of an ad hoc web page on the winner innovative idea and / or technology within the UNIDO ITPO Italy’s institutional website (unido.it) and assistance in defining a project’s promotional strategy;
  • UNIDO ITPO Italy’s honest brokering services to access, through ad hoc promotional activities, to the worldwide UNIDO and ITPOs network with the aim to guarantee the maximum visibility to the winner proposal and foster the conclusion of international technical and financial partnerships.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying, please follow this link

Visit here to apply for UNIDO International Award 2017

Application Deadline: 10 April 2017 at 23:59.

GEM BIG PORTAL – 81 Young Innovators Win N700m Technical Grant

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has approved the sum of N756.3 million for disbursement to 81 Nigerian innovators as part of Federal Government’s economic empowerment initiatives.
Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during the grant award ceremony.
Enelamah said the grant was made possible through the Growth and Employment Project (GEM) financed by the World Bank IDA Credit.
The GEM project is an initiative of the Federal Government, World Bank and DFID to increase firms and businesses growth and employment creation in Nigeria.
The project seeks to achieve economic diversification, increased overall competitiveness, increased investment and sustainably increase jobs for Nigerians. Enelamah said the innovators were selected following a technological innovation competition organised by the Presidency, called Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD).
According to him, the project targets young Nigerian entrepreneurs with innovative business models who will contribute to the growth of the economy. “Having awarded grants to the best three innovators that emerged winners from the 2016 AVDD national competition, the presidency engaged GEM to scale up the programme for wider impact,’’ he said. Enelamah said 289 candidates were shortlisted and after the evaluation process, 81 of them met all requirements and were selected as beneficiaries.
He said the beneficiaries were drawn from the six geo-political zones, adding that the grants would be disbursed in two separate tranches after the grant award ceremony.
“GEM is about igniting businesses and building their capacity to grow and employ Nigerians. Above all, it helps solve the problem of funding faced by many of our MSMEs,’’ Enelamah said. He said the project was a 160 million dollars World Bank IDA credit with the Project Implementation Unit at the ministry.
Enelamah said the project’s objective was to increase growth and employment in participating firms in Nigeria through provision of technical assistance and grants to qualified existing firms and businesses across Nigeria.
He said the project would operate in five high growth sectors of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Hospitality, Entertainment, Light Manufacturing, and Construction.
The minister said the project would verify the achievement of set milestones by beneficiaries, while the progress would be monitored as condition for the second disbursement.
Mr Rachid Benmessaoud, the Word Bank Country Director in Nigeria, said the project would enable the country to address its unemployment issues. Benmessaoud, represented by Mr Andrew Gartside, Senior Private Sector Development Adviser in World Bank, said that the country needed to create jobs through the small and medium enterprises as way of ensuring inclusive economic growth.
“If the economy of Nigeria is to grow and the desired diversification of the FG must succeed, the SMEs will have to grow and succeed to harness the economy,’’ he said. Some of the beneficiaries said the project would enable them to empower more youths. Ms Nkem Okocha, who operates at the grassroots by empowering the women on skills, said the grant would enable her to touch the lives of the poor at the communities where she operated. Okocha advised other youths to enrol into the project to better their lives rather than depending on government paid jobs.
Ms Damilola Olokesusi, another beneficiary, said she would use the grant to buy more buses for her business.
Olokesusi said the project was a dream come true and promised to utilise the grant judiciously.

Urgent! Bank Of Industry (BOI) 2017 Capacity Building Workshop For Small And Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Funding


This opportunity is urgent and is closing on Friday, April 7th 2017. An opportunity to become part of its AfDB-FUNDED Programme which commits $100 million on lending and support.

Capacity Building Workshop For Small And Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

The Bank of Industry (BOI) invites prospective SME to attend her capacity building workshop for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)  to become part of its African Development Bank (AfDB) funded programme which commits $100 million to on-lending and technical support.

The objective of the programme is to upskill SMEs and address specific capacity gaps that prevent them from accessing finance.

The training workshop will focus on:

Accessing SME finance

Business plan preparation and presentation

Development of cash flow projections with realistic assumptions

preparation of financial information and delivery of comfortable financial ratios

Marketing and product delivery

Credit risks

Ownership and management/succession planning

The way to a better performance in a family owned company

Building the reputation of the business


Application Deadline: 7 April, 2017.

Prospective participants must have a minimum qualification of National Diploma or its equivalent and a documented business idea/plan to be eligible.

Documents to be provided: 

A.   Valid ID: Birth Certificate, International Passport, Drivers’ License or Permanent Voters Card.

 B.   School Certificate, OND, HND or Bachelors Degree


Also see the image below for the training schedule, dates and locations.

JCI/ SDG Action Campaign Global Youth Empowerment Fund 2017 for Young People around the World ($USD 5,000 Grant)


The Global Youth Empowerment Fund is an initiative to empower young people around the world to impact their communities by investing in grassroots, community projects. A partnership of JCI and the SDG Action Campaign (formerly the UN Millennium Campaign), the Fund will offer grants, financing and training to youth-led projects and social enterprises that advance the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in local communities around the world.


All Projects Must:

  • Be run by one of the following:
    • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit private bodies whose activities contribute to the promotion of sustainable development and youth leadership;
      • Examples include: JCI Local Organization, SDG Action Campaign partners, youth-run registered non-profit
    • Public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of youth engagement in advancing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development;
  • Be created and led by youth between the ages of 18 to 40.
  • Demonstrate community impact and project planning criteria in line with the JCI Active Citizen Framework. The JCI Active Citizen Framework is a planning mechanism for community-based organizations to identify their community’s greatest needs and align their projects to the global development agenda creating global impact.
  • Adhere to the goals of JCI and SDG Action Campaign in developing grassroots projects that advance at least one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through the JCI Active Citizen Framework.
  • Include like-minded community partners who agree to support the applicant’s project. Types of partnership can include financial support, in-kind support or marketing and communications support.
  • Include plans for organization’s own support of the project, including both financial (e.g. fundraising or sponsorship acquisition) and non-financial (e.g. volunteer hours or in-kind sponsorship) support. The applicant organization is expected to supply at least 50% of the value of the requested funding in their own support.
  • Have mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed. All funded projects must submit the required project updates and final reports.

Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Innovation: The project should represent innovative methods to the problem it seeks to address. Innovation may result from the use of new methods, new models, new technologies, or application of old methods, models or technologies in a new, innovative way.
  • Potential for scaling up and/or replication: The program should ideally be feasible on a broad-scale basis and/or be replicable to other social, cultural or geographical settings on a local level or through policy advocacy on the global, regional, or local level.
  • Financial Viability: The project must be built on a sound and viable plan either using the JCI Active Citizen Framework and ideally should have the potential to continue beyond the Global Youth Empowerment Fund funding.

Global Youth Empowerment Fund 2017 Timeline:
March 1-April 17: Requests for Proposals open
June 5: Deadline for full grant application
Late June: Notification to top applicants that their project was selected and will be eligible for public voting for a portion of their final score
August 4: 2017 Global Youth Empowerment Fund grantees announced at the 2017 JCI Global Partnership Summit

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this competition, kindly visit the link below

Visit here to apply

Application Deadline: 17 APRIL 2017

Standard Cassava Processing Business Plan with 3 Years Financial Analysis

We have developed a  standard business plan for cassava processing into various products including garri, flour, starch etc. The cassava processing business is developed to help entrepreneur raise funds from investors, apply for a bank loan or grant.
The business plan would help you save time, money and energy.

Nigeria is the highest cassava producer in the world, producing a third more than Brazil and almost double the production capacity of Thailand and Indonesia. She currently produces about 42 million metric tonnes (MT) per annum; a figure expected to double by 2020. Although the world leader in cassava production, Nigeria is not an active participant in cassava trade in the international markets because most of her cassava is targeted at the domestic food market. Her production methods are primarily subsistence in nature and therefore unable to support industrial level demands.

That is why recent and past governments came up with policies to encourage commercial cassava production and processing for both local and international market.


The Government Initiative on Cassava, which was launched in 2003 brought cassava and its potentials to the national limelight. The Initiative has as a goal, the promotion of cassava as a viable foreign exchange earner for Nigeria, and also the development of the cassava production system in order to sustain the national demand. The challenge, however, is how Nigeria can earn US$5 billion from value added cassava exports by the year 2007. The vision for cassava is that it will spur rural industrial development, helping raise incomes for producers, processors and traders while contributing to the food security status of its producers and consumers, by a shift from cassava as principally a sustenance food to an industrial crop used in the processing of ethanol, starch, pellets, and high quality cassava flour for the export trade. To achieve this goal, Nigeria must adopt a demand-driven approach in promoting, developing and diversifying its cassava-based industries.

If you are interested in starting or growing your cassava business and you need a business plan, we have one for you.

The cassava processing business plan can be presented to any investor, bank loan or for a grant and it comes with a 3 years financial analysis.

The complete cassava processing business plan is in Words Doc format and the financial analysis is in excel so that you can edit it to suit your taste.

The cassava processing business plan is fully updated with current research on how to start a cassava processing business, get the attention of the market, retain them and make huge profits.

The CASSAVA PROCESSING business plan also has in-depth analysis on cassava processing equipment.

3 Years Automated Financial Model in MS Excel with complete industry research.

To get this standard CASSAVA PROCESSING business plan only for N7, 000

Let me give you an idea of what you should expect from the business plan:

1)      Table of Contents

2)      Executive Summary: The summary includes introduction, products and services description, marketing and sales among others

3)      Company Overview: this includes

  1. Mission Statement
  2. History and Current Status
  3. Markets and Products
  4. Objectives
  5. Keys to success
  6. Cost summary

4)      Product description: All our products are described including other unique features.

5)      Industry and Market Analysis

  1. Introduction
  2. Industry analysis
  3. Market analysis
  4. Customer analysis
  5. Competitor analysis
  6. SWOT Analysis

6)      Marketing Strategy

  1. Target Market Strategy
  2. Product/Service Strategy
  3. Pricing Strategy
  4. Distribution Strategy
  5. Advertising and Promotion Strategy
  6. Sales Strategy
  7. Marketing and sales Forecasts

7)      Operations

  1. Operations Strategy
  2. Scope of Operations
  3. Operating Expenses

8)      Development

  1. Development Strategy
  2. Development Timeline
  3. Development Expenses

9)      Management

  1. Company Organization
  2. Management Team
  3. Administrative Expenses

10)   Summary of Financials

  1. Financial Assumptions
  2. Financial Forecasts
  3. Projected Cash Flow
  4. Income statement

iii.      Balance sheet

  1. Profit and loss
  2. Profit Margin, chart etc
  3. Financial Risks

11)   Appendices

Support for Product/Service Description (e.g., diagrams, pictures, etc.)

Support for Marketing and Sales Plan

Support for Development Plan

Support for Operations Plan

Resumes of Management Team

Financial Statements

  • Income Statement [3 years]
  • Balance Sheets [3 years]
  • Cash Flow Statements [3 years]
  • Ratio Analysis [3 years]
  • Other supporting financial statements

What is the cost of the cassava processing Business Plan?

Well if I say N30,000 it worth it but I won’t give you for that amount and not even N20,000.

What about N15,000? I won’t still give you for that amount. But for LIMITED TIME I will give you for N7,000

To access this standard cassava processing business plan, pay N7,000 into any of the accounts below:

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Please text or email your name, phone number, payment details and your email address to 07031542324 or utibeman@gmail.com and your cassava processing business plan will be sent to you


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I want to say a big thank you for the business plan you sent. The plan is rich and detailed and professionally developed as explained on your web page. In fact the plan worth more than price. I have gone through the financial template and I have made some changes to suit my needs and would present it to my banker next. Am I going to present it together with the financial template or should I only present the business plan?

I have gone through the financial template and I have made some changes to suit my needs and would present it to my banker next. Am I going to present it together with the financial template or should I only present the business plan?

Can I also send it for you to help me review the financial before I submit?

Mrs. Esther Enudi

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