“When you truly believe in what you are doing, it shows. And it pays. Winners in life are those who are excited about where they’re going.” were the borrowed words of one Noah Ssempijja, winner of this year’s Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Start-ups category held in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition offers an opportunity for Eastern Africa youth-owned start-ups and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to generate creative activities that can attract potential investors and stakeholders through competition.
Sssempija beat other 14 contestants from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi to receive $5,000 (Shs 17million) seed capital.
Noah Ssempijja is the Director of Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment – YICE.
Mercy Kitomari from Tanzania took the second position while Lilian Uwintwali from Rwanda took the third position. The two received $3,000 (Shs10 million) and $2,000 (Shs6million) respectively. YICE Uganda is a one stop shop for rural smallholder farmers and offers farmer training, farm inputs, micro loans and finance management services among others.