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F’SAGRI innovation prize contest in the agricultural and food sectors

The French South African Agricultural Institute (F’SAGRI) Innovation Prize is intended for young students and researchers from all the universities of technology in South Africa, or start-up companies on the condition that the laureates startups then engage in a partnership with F’SAGRI universities by taking interns, proposing study cases, participating in workshops.

F’SAGRI, created in 2015, provides for capacity building of 3 South African universities (Universities of Limpopo, Venda and Fort Hare) and research institutes in the agricultural and food sectors. It also provides for the development of innovative companies and more generally a close link with companies in the agricultural and agri-food sector.

Two price categories are being considered:

  1. Best applied research – student project
  2. Best innovation – start-up

Any candidate wishing to participate in the Innovation Prize contest will have to submit a complete file describing precisely the project (6 pages maximum), by e-mail only to the following address:, by September, 13, 2020, at midnight. The competition is endowed with ZAR 300000 of prizes.

The pre-selection of the projects will be carried out on the basis of the summary & commitment and the presentation file (6 pages maximum). Pre-selected candidates will have to submit a poster which presents the project (a model frame to respect will be provided) or a Powerpoint presentation (model to be provided) to return only by email to: The complete projects will then be presented orally online before a jury composed of experts inside and outside the institutions.


  1. September 13, 2020, midnight: deadline for submission of projects
  2. September 16, 2020: announcement of the shortlisted candidates
  3. September 25, 2020, midnight: deadline for submission of posters or Powerpoint presentations
  4. October 1, 2020: hearing of candidates (candidates will pitch their projects online to the jury) and awards ceremony

For more information, please visit: France in South Africa and in Lesotho