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Delta40    and   

Novo NordisK Foundation



Calling all Founders building innovative agri-tech and food-tech companies for Africa!

Delta40 is thrilled to launch an Innovation Basecamp in partnership with the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Bio Innovation Institute to catalyze, build and scale a larger ecosystem for agri-tech and food-tech entrepreneurs across Africa

October 1st-10th, 2024 (10-days)

Nairobi, Kenya (in-person)


The Innovation Basecamp is a 10-day program for early-stage ventures with a 2-day Scale Summit for growth-stage ventures, investors, and partners in the agri- and food-tech sector with the following goals:

  • Catalyze new innovations

  • Accelerate existing innovations to scale

  • Form new partnerships in the ecosystem


The program will explore business models and financing/funding, commercialization and growth, market and industry analyses, regulatory considerations, as well as cross-ecosystems collaboration. Participants will engage in workshops, investor pitches for prize funding, panels with experts, in-field customer discovery, and networking with global VC investors, partners and key ecosystem players.

Why participate

  • Meet other world-class entrepreneurs and build a community of Founders to collaborate, learn, and grow with

  • Connect with a curated group of world class global VCs and partners interested in the agri- and food-tech sector in Africa

  • Pitch investors and earn prize funding of up to $25k

  • Get out in the field and connect with customers

  • Learn from experts

  • Get shortlisted for Delta40 investment at the end of the program

Selection Criteria


The company or the individual must be based in one of the following countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria or Denmark


Companies of all stages are encouraged to apply, though this program is best tailored for companies at the Idea & MVP Stages. 


All Agri-Tech and Food-Tech founders are welcome to apply. We are especially interested in companies building across the following subsectors: 

  • Food preservation and loss prevention

  • Agricultural inputs

  • Digital, technological, and financing innovation solutions in agriculture

  • Sustainable agriculture and nutrition

  • Alternative protein and novel foods.

Founder Profile 

African & Female Founders are highly encouraged to apply!


Programming Components

The 10-Day Basecamp Program will include:

  • Investment-readiness and curated investor introductions for agri- and food-tech ventures in Africa

  • ⁠⁠⁠Expert-led workshops covering industry trends, capital structure and fundraising, regulatory environment 

  • ⁠Business plan development and investor pitches

  • ⁠Time in the field gathering customer insights

  • ⁠Innovation and Human Centered Design workshops

  • ⁠Working groups with fellow entrepreneurs

  • ⁠Networking with other founders, investors, and ecosystem players


Our Partners


Novo Nordisk Foundation catalyzes projects that benefit people’s lives, society and the planet through three focus areas - health, sustainability, and the life sciences ecosystem. Agri- and food-tech sit at the intersection of these focus areas - using technologies and scientific breakthroughs to feed a growing world population in a sustainable way, while enhancing human health.


BioInnovation Institute is a Novo Nordisk Foundation Initiative - offers help to early-stage start-ups within human health and planetary health with their unique Venture Lab, Venture House, Bio Studio and Residence programs.


Interested in joining the Innovation Basecamp?

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