The World Bank Agritech Challenge

Transforming Kenyan Agribusiness through innovation

The World Bank AgriTech Challenge, powered by Nest, is the region’s first open innovation programme focused on agribusiness.

We’re calling everyone from trailblazing startups and industry veterans to visionary teams from universities to apply*. This is your opportunity to build an actionable solution that could transform agriculture in Kenya!

Facilitated by the World Bank and Nest, selected teams will work closely with one of the region’s leading agribusiness companies to conceptualize, co-develop and prototype a product to alleviate acute challenges in the Kenyan agribusiness value chain.

Note: The programme is open only to Kenya-based teams

Applications close July 25, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit the better!

About the programme

The World Bank AgriTech Challenge is the first open innovation programme that bridges Kenyan techpreneurs with a vertically integrated agribusiness value chain. The 2-month long co-creation activity will include integration-focused workshops, one-on-one interactions with industry veterans, and structured product development. Each team will aim to develop a prototype or customize a solution in partnership with experienced operational professionals. These will be then presented to senior executives and investors at a Demo Day for potential commercial adoption and scale.

We’re looking for multidisciplinary teams that are passionate about AgriTech. You could be a startup, a promising SME, a team of agribusiness / logistics / supply chain technologists, or even a bunch of college students with a compelling idea and the ability to execute.


  • Accelerated product development

A chance to work with a leading, established industry player to build, test and potentially scale your solution

  • Resources

Access to the insights, internal infrastructure and operational excellence developed by the World Bank and one of the region’s most successful agribusiness corporates

  • Mentorship

One-on-one guidance from agribusiness veterans, integration consultants and startup capacity building experts

  • Intros to senior executives and investors

A platform to present a your solution to senior industry executives and quality investors

Have a question? Read more on our FAQ or get in touch.


Applications close July 25, 2017. We will review applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit the better!


July 25, 2017
Program dates Jul 25 - Oct 6, 2017
Organizer Nest
Website Visit website
Targets Kenya
Sectors Agribusiness, Computer software, EdTech, HealthTech