About the Corporate Innovation Challenge

This is about shaping the way West Africa moves. 

The problems within the Agrifood and Water Tech value chain in Africa are grand and they can no longer be left to governments and NGOs to solve them alone. They need technological innovations and collaborative efforts from corporates and startups to find more effective and efficient solutions. It is time to solve these challenges together! 

The Corporate Innovation Challenge is a simple and exciting format that allows companies to work with startups over 2.5 days towards solving a specific challenge, defined by the corporate. In a moderated format, we combine the expertise of corporates with the agility and innovative power of startups to solve some of the most pressing challenges on the ground, therefore exposing them to new business areas. 

Interested in finding out more? Read this: Corporate Innovation Challenge


Wennovation Hub

12, Rev'd Ogunbiyi Street 

Ikeja G.R.A, Ikeja 

Lagos State, Nigeria

Date & Time

15th to 17th of June 2020 

Challenge 1

Irrigation systems

Challenge 2

Agribusiness: delivery & logistics 

Challenge 3

Food loss/waste

Please note: these are only an overview challenge areas

The exact challenges will be announced once they are defined by the corporate partners of each challenge.    

Call for startup applications 

We support collaboration opportunities which excite, disrupt & change the Agrifood & Water Tech landscape of West Africa. We cannot wait to hear from you. 

Are you an African startup, entrepreneur or researcher that has developed innovative solutions/ technologies to solve any one of the challenges defined above? This is a great opportunity to show the industry your innovation, build upon it with experts and propose solutions to an actual problem.

You will be one of 9 startups that will participate in 2.5 days of coaching and workshops to develop their ideas. Application period is open from May 1st, 2020 - May 31st, 2020 for seed to early-stage startups from anywhere in Africa. 

Click here to find the preconditions for participation. If you have any questions, send us an email. 

Apply now to tackle a real problem. 

Registration opens: May  1st, 2020

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About enable West Africa

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We are setting up formats necessary to unleash a great potential of startups from West Africa. Find out more about us.

SmartHectar Innovation is a Berlin-based international hub for corporate-startup collaboration in agriculture, water, and food technologies. By combining the experience of established companies with the agility of startups SmartHectar drives innovation to solve global challenges in agri-food and water systems.

Contact: Matthias Schmidt-Rex (CEO)



enpact is a non-profit organization with the aim of strengthening economic relations between young entrepreneurs from the startup scenes of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. In addition to that enpact supports local entrepreneurial ecosystems by creating entrepreneur spaces for startup related activities.

Contact: Stefan Godskesen (Director)




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