Demo Day of the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge

Convene with purpose-driven entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and CGIAR scientists bringing their agri-tech solutions to end-users through the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge. On Monday 29 April 2024 at 14:00-16:00 (Tashkent time), the live Demo Day will feature 10 finalists pitching to the Selection Committee, industry experts, and investors, to secure funding that will enable them to introduce their products to the Uzbek market.

How did we get here? After a rigorous multitiered selection process involving over 500 applications, we are pleased to announce the 10 innovation teams who have undergone a 3-month acceleration program, combining business mentorship and scientific technical assistance. This event marks the culmination of a one-year project to celebrate the scaling pathways of the 10 innovation teams.

It will serve as a platform to discuss the significance of fostering connections between cutting-edge research, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship in bringing agri-tech solutions from the laboratory to the market in Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

Read more about the teams’ progress, here.

Why Join?

  • Witness the incredible achievements of project participants as they unveil their agri-tech solutions addressing critical priority areas impacting agriculture in Uzbekistan.
  • Gain valuable insights into emerging products and services launching in Uzbekistan, offering a glimpse into the country’s evolving business landscape.
  • Expand your innovation network by connecting with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and like-minded individuals, fostering collaborations and partnerships that drive progress.





14:00 – 14:05

Opening/Presentation of the results of the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge

Kevin Dowling, Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist, CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform

14:05 – 14:10

Welcoming Remarks from Partners

Gianpiero Menza, CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform

Abdul Sharopov, Venture Builder, Hackonnect

14:10 – 14:20

Keynote Address

Jamshid Abduzuxurov, Agriculture Production Department Head, Ministry of Agriculture

14:20 – 15:40

Pitches (5-mins pitch, 3-mins Q&A from the Selection Committee per team)

Competing Teams (in order)


Selection Committee


– Piatrika Biosystems

– ZeroEarth Private Limited

– mistEO

– GeoAgro-Dehqon

– Growz

– WeavAir

– iWater

– Dekhanbaba



  • Akmal Akramkhanov, CGIAR ICARDA
  • Indranil Majumdar, Chief Operating Officer, FE Indorama Agro LLC
  • Dilshod Zufarov, Chief Innovation Officer, Uzbekistan Venture Capital Association
  • Malika Saparova, Project Assistant, FAO
  • Bunyod Khoshimkhodjaev, Project Analyst on Enhancing the Digital Entrepreneurship, UNDP Uzbekistan
  • Nargiza Khujanazarova, Head of the International Department, International Agriculture University
  • Mahtob Asadova, Program Manager, Hackonnect


15:40 – 15:55

Presentation of Growth Stage Start–ups



15:55 – 16:00

Closing Remarks/Next steps

Kevin Dowling, Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist, CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform


The AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge is organized as part of the CGIAR Regional Integrated Initiative, Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa (F2R-CWANA). This project is powered by the CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP), co-designed with CGIAR Centers–The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ICARDA, and IWMI–and implemented in collaboration with Hackonnect, innoWIUT Entrepreneur’s Lab of Westminster International University in Tashkent, the United Nations Development Programme Uzbekistan, FAO, the Agency of Innovative Development under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan through the AKIS Center, Indorama, the Uzbekistan Venture Capital Association, the Tashkent State Agrarian University, and the International Agriculture University.




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Africa, Americas, Antarctica Region, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Micronesia
Agribusiness, Agritech, Artificial intelligence, Banking, Big data, Blockchain, Business services, Clean technology, Clean technology and energy, Cloud solutions, E-commerce, Farm machinery, Financial services, Fintech, ICT, Information technology, Insurance, Internet, Internet of things (IoT), Investment management, Logistics, Machine learning, Mobile, Waste management and recycling, Water treatment, Water utilities
SDG (14)
1. No Poverty, 10. Reduced Inequality, 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate Action, 14. Life Below Water, 15. Life on Land, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal, 2. Zero Hunger, 5. Gender Equality, 6. Clean Water and Sanitation, 7. Affordable and Clean Energy, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure