CURAD – Swisscontact  2018 National Agribusiness Innovation Challenge  

Here you will find all information:

The Consortium for enhancing University Respon­siveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) is a public-private partnership initiative promoted by Makerere University, the National Un­ion of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises Limited (NUCAFE), and the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). CURAD is one of the six agribusiness incubators in Africa supported by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa under the UniBrain facility, with funding from DA­NIDA.

The 2018 Challenge National Agribusiness Challenge application process

Before Friday, 31 August 2018
Submit hand-delivered applications

20 August 2018
Review of all applications

Saturday, 9 September 2018
Judging Event

Friday, 28 September 2018
Final Awards Ceremony

Read Press Release


How to apply:

Online application

In order to apply, potential applicants should log onto either the CURAD website, or Swisscontact website Download the application form and complete it online.


Hard copy application 

Applicants can also access, complete and deliver hard copy application forms from the following designated places in the different regions.


Central region

  • CURAD offices in Kabanyolo Makerere University (Muarik)
  • Swisscontact offices on Martyrs Way Ntinda, Plot 19/20, Ntinda Kampala
  • Makerere University Main Campus, College of Agricultural and Natural Resources room (CURAD Shop)
  • Masaka District Production Office


Eastern region

  • Busitema University, Office of the University Secretary
  • Swisscontact Office in Jinja, Plot 10, Wako Close
  • Jinja District Production Office


Western region

  • Hoima District Production Office
  • Swisscontact Office, Hoima
  • Bundibugyo District Production Office


Initial selection

A team from CURAD and Swisscontact will conduct an initial selection process, based on the application criteria. The applicants who will go through this stage will be subject to a panel assessment.


Assessment and selection

Each application will be scored by an independent team of experts from the private and public sectors. The assessment and selection process will be based on (1) innovation; (2) competitiveness of the idea or business case; (3) depth of understanding of the business environment; (4) responsiveness to perceived gaps in the market; (5) projected number of jobs to be created; and (6) justification for technical or financial support to make the business start-up or expansion possible. At this stage, 90 applicants will be shortlisted as finalists who will receive a full business training package and are potential winners of the grand prizes. The finalists will be notified via email, telephone, newspapers and websites.


Judging event

The 90 shortlisted applicants (10 best applicants per category or sector) will then face a panel of judges, who will select the overall winner, category winners, 2nd and 3rd runners-up. The pitching will be done in English or local languages. The final decision regarding the winners in each of the categories will be announced at the Final Gala Event.


Contact details

Managing Director, CURAD: Apollo Ssegawa

Tel: +256 392 834 425/ +256 782 984 028


One thought on “CURAD – Swisscontact  2018 National Agribusiness Innovation Challenge  ”

  1. Am grateful on behalf of the all the Agribusiness passionate youth of motherland Uganda for this support geared towards improving our livelihood. Given that the major incubation challenge we face is capital, this will boast so many potential but struggling businesses, We say thank you.

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