2019 Agripreneurs Conference



Theme: “Catalyzing Social Investment for Youth Centric Agribiz”

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) and the United States International University-Africa in collaboration with the United Nation’s SDG Partnership Platform are organizing and hosting the 2019 Agripreneurs Conference and Exhibition on June 27 and 28, 2019. The theme of the conference will be “Catalyzing Social Investment for Youth-Centric Agribiz.” This is a one and a half day event seeks to enhance sustainable collaboration and sharing of knowledge among key players in the agribusiness arena while exploring the power of transformative venture philanthropy/social investment (VP/SI) in building a space where youth can thrive as they build their agribusinesses. The conference will provide an exciting platform and opportunity for all those gathered to shed light on this topic and resolve to find innovative solutions that will help the youth of Africa actively engage in and drive this sector.

The sub-themes for the conference will be:

  • Sustainable social enterprise models in youth-centric agribusiness
  • Bridging data gaps in agribusiness through technology
  • Agribusiness social investment opportunities for the marginalized (youth, women and the physically challenged)
  • De-risking agribusinesses for social investment
  • Case studies on social investment in youth-centric agribusiness
  • County Government experiences in youth-centric agribusiness
  • Social Investment as a vehicle to achieve SDGs

About Conference Hosts:

The United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), is a private university accredited by the Commission for University Education in Kenya and by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States of America. USIU-A’s Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center aims to improve management, enterprise and leadership capacity of agribusiness entrepreneurs and leaders of producer organizations including youth, cooperatives and farmer associations. Thematic areas of the Center include; innovation, digital literacy, market skills, efficient production and research in the agricultural sector. The approach used is called the Living Lab that involves capacity building, mentorship and linkage to finance and markets. In the same vein, the Centre offers an immersive one-year, evidence-based program—dubbed the Launch Pad—that incubates great ideas and provides an indispensable guide to business challenges..

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, Pan-African network for social investors who are dedicated to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Africa. AVPA’s mission is to improve lives in Africa by increasing the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to social investment by empowering investors to effectively deploy capital for maximum social impact. AVPA acts as a catalyst for strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approaches to social investing. Currently AVPA has offices in Kenya (headquarters) and Nigeria. AVPA is aligned to thriving networks in Europe (evpa.eu.com) and Asia (avpn.asia) that together form a dynamic global force for social impact.

UN SDG Partnership Platform

The Government of Kenya with support of the United Nations established in 2017 the SDG Partnership Platform in collaboration with development partners, private sector, philanthropy, academia and civil society including faith-based stakeholders. The Platform has become a United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022 Flagship initiative taking leadership on overarching facilitation, coordination and demonstration of how Public Private Partnerships can effectively translate the SDGs into action on the ground and thereby guide investments, optimize resource utilization, and accelerate impacts.

The Platform brings together the leadership of a range of partners to create diverse SDG accelerator windows. Primary Healthcare - contributing to the SDG 3 cluster – has been the first window aiming to improve Universal Health Coverage through transformation of Kenya’s Healthcare System, starting at the lowest levels of care. The Platform is now in the process of opening the second window, which will focus on Food Security and Nutrition.

Date of Conference Gathering:

June 27 - 28, 2019

Hosts of Conference Gathering:

  • United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa)
  • African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA)
  • United Nation’s SDG Partnership Platform

Venue of Conference Gathering:

United States International University - Africa (Click here for directions)

Conference Registration*

Free Entrance

Registration link: 2019 Agripreneurs Conference Registration Link

For any enquiries/clarification do not hesitate to get in touch with Anne Maina at amaina@avpa.africa or Salome Asena at sasena@usiu.ac.ke


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  •   Jun 27, 2019 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  •   Jun 28, 2019 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM


  •   USIU-Africa