YALTA Business Accelerator

Youth in Agroecology and Business Learning Track Africa


What is the YALTA Business Accelerator about?

The YALTA Business Accelerator, an initiative of The Netherland Foods Partnership within the Youth in Agroecology and Business Learning Track Africa (YALTA page) calls upon SMEs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to submit their agroecological ideas for a sustainable, healthy and diverse food system.

The 10 selected participants will benefit from business & innovation skills training, innovation jams and coaching to improve their agroecological ideas and turn them into a plan that is ready to be implemented. All 10 participants will get the chance to pitch at a final event.

At the end of the final event, 3 winners will be announced. The winners will receive a matching grant and coaching to make game-changer ideas a reality.


June 30, 2021
Program dates Jul 1 - Nov 1, 2021
Website Visit website
Targets Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
Sectors Agribusiness, Food and beverage, Food production, Waste management and recycling

Why apply?

How to apply?

Just click onApplyand fill in the FULL application form BY 30 JUNE  24:00 EAT the latest. Once we have received your application, you will receive a confirmation email. We will keep you updated by mail on the selection process. The final selection will be announced by the end of July.


Are you eligible?

Yes, if you are:

  • A young entrepreneur in agriculture, food and nutrition
  • Managing a local business for the local / regional market in Ethiopia / Kenya / Rwanda or Uganda
  • You have an idea to improve your business so that it contributes to a sustainable food system
  • Your business is running since 1+ year
  • If the COVID-19 measures allow: you are available to travel to Nairobi for a 3-day-long in-person training at the end of August (travel costs reimbursed).
  • If the COVID-19 measures do not allow: you are available and able to participate in the training online, including participation on virtual sessions and online self-study sessions over the period of 2 weeks at the end of August.

What are the selection criteria?

We are looking for SMEs who already follow principles of sustainability, aim to benefit people and the planet, and who have clear agroecological ideas on how to do better.

Winning ideas contribute to one or more of these goals:

  • Resource efficiency (waste reduction, regenerative agriculture and circular practices)
  • Dietary diversity
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Synergies and co-creation in the food system
  • Human health and well-being
  • Creating value for low-income or other vulnerable groups

Besides impact potential on these goals, applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Feasibility and clarity of the idea
  • Desirability: is the idea benefiting your customers, clients?
  • Viability: is the business model behind the idea viable?
  • Current contribution to agroecological principles: what do you do already in your business to be resource-efficient, and benefit people and the planet?
  • Suitability: is the YALTA Business Accelerator a good fit for you based on your ambitions

Note: we aim to select at least 1, but preferably 2-3 applicants from each country (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda).

Questions? Contact us via yalta@bopinc.org



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