Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has opened applications for its annual competition dubbed the Pitch AgriHack Competition, to provide capacity building and funding to accelerate youth employment and agricultural transformation in Africa.

Since its inception, the AgriHack talent initiative has worked with more than 1,000 young digital innovators with around 100 entering the final stages of the competition.

Many have gone on to win additional funding close to EUR2 million (US$2.2 million) from various players and created jobs.

This year’s event, marking the fourth edition will also reward young entrepreneurs who emerge successful in the competition.

Up to EUR15,000 (US$17,000) will be awarded to seven startups in different categories, including three new special prize categories; data analytics services, public choice and the Greentec Prize.

In addition to cash prizes, finalists of the competition will benefit from a financial management and investment readiness bootcamp, grants and access to investments, capacity building and promotional opportunities.

Selected finalists will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra, Ghana in September.

To partake in the competition, interested parties are encouraged to apply before May 24.