The Event

Innovator's Corner

The Sugar Innovation Award intends to showcase individuals, organizations, coalitions or initiatives that are taking inventive approaches to navigate a complex and changing external agronomic environment.

The industry needs to innovate to survive in a world shaped by shifting geographic powers, climate change and technological advances. We’re looking for novel approaches that embrace change and are driven by the desire to make a lasting contribution to development.

Are YOU an Innovator?

We’re looking for innovators who are driven by the desire to make a lasting contribution to the Sugar Industry's development.

You May Compete Under the Thematic Areas below:

  • Youth Involvement in Revolutionizing Sugarcane Production
  • Facilitating Market Access for Youth-Led Initiatives
  • Youth Advocacy for Policy Reforms in the Sugar Industry
  • Empowering Youth in Innovative Sugar Processing
  • Harnessing Digital Solutions for Youth-Led Advancements
  • Nurturing Financial Opportunities for Youth in Sugar Enterprises
  • Driving Climate Smart and Environmentally Sustainable Practices Through Youth-Led Initiatives

Register as an Innovator

Award Judgment Criteria

The judges will be looking for new businesses that are able to show growth through the provision of excellent services to other businesses.

  • Cost Effectiveness i.e. The innovation’s ability to give the target customer value for their money.
  • Viability i.e. Potential for success upon rollout.
  • Scalability i.e. Capacity to grow to meet increased demand.
  • Applicability i.e. Relevance to the sector (Will people want, or need your product?)
  • Safety i.e. Is the solution likely to cause harm or injury to users and or the environment.
  • Impact i.e. How effective and sustainable is the solution?

Top tips:

  • Don’t fall back on cliches and tired storylines.
  • Don’t undersell yourself, your innovation or your hard work.
  • Give us the truth/facts, not just the formula.
  • You are the hero/heroine of your story; tell us about your ingenuity, your insight.

Award Details

(1) Top Innovator

KES. 350,000

Other Benefits

  • Gift Hamper
  • Linkage with Industry Leaders
  • Opportunity for Incubation
  • Linkage with Commercialization Professionals

(2) First Runner-Up

KES. 200,000

Other Benefits

  • Linkage with Industry Leaders
  • Opportunity for Incubation
  • Linkage with Commercialization Professionals

(3) Second Runner-Up

KES. 100,000

Other Benefits

  • Linkage with Industry Leaders
  • Opportunity for Incubation
  • Linkage with Commercialization Professionals

Interested in Booking an Exhibition Space?

Local (Kenyan) Exhibitor Registration costs Kes. 14,999
Regional, Eastern Africa Exhibitor Registration costs USD 200
International (All Other Regions) Registration Costs USD 500
Payments can be made via cheque, bank transfer to the National Bank of Kenya, Hill Branch, Account Name, AFA-Sugar Directorate, Account Number 01001031599900, or using MPesa Paybill 625625 to account 01001031599900

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Register now to join the Revolution.

Engage in thought-provoking sessions, connect with industry leaders, showcase your innovative solutions, and make valuable connections in this dynamic event.