Promising entrepreneurs from Kosovo to Holland

Guest post by blogger Stevan van Dijk of www.kosovo-info.com KOSOVO – Two Kosovar companies with a lot of potential to grow, will visit The Netherlands in October this year. Both of the companies are active in the food processing industry and are looking for Dutch investors, customers, partners, and experts to let their business grow. ‘Rizona’ sells both high quality fresh and canned vegetables. This will be an amount of 250 tons of vegetables, in the year 2015. The owner of the company is Bashkim Bytyqi. The other company, ‘Edona’, is specialized in selling sweet pastries like baklava, the famous ‘Turkish’ delicacy. Edona delivers her goods to many big supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. But her product does not stay in Kosovo, as also other European countries are interested. Owner of the company, Fatmire Maliqi, received the title of ‘most successful businesswoman of Kosovo’, in 2014. Owners of both of the companies will visit Amsterdam on the 7th and 8th of October to meet potential partners. If you are interested in the program, and the possibility to meet (one of the) owners, you can send an email to Annemarie van Mossel of BiD Network (annemarie.vanmossel@bidnetwork.org). She has also more information regarding the two promising companies. Interested in more about doing business in...

Business plan competition: IFDC CATALIST-Uganda

IFDC, BiD Network and IRIS Consulting & Training are proud to announce the 2nd edition of the IFDC CATALIST-Uganda Agribusiness Challenge. This business plan competition is meant for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in or impacting the value chains of cassava and oil seeds (soya bean and sunflower) in Northern Uganda; rice in Eastern Uganda; and Irish potato in South-Western Uganda, who are in need of technical and financial support to start or expand and professionalize their business operations. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business plans to become eligible for various services geared towards accessing finance and markets. About IFDC CATALIST-Uganda IFDC CATALIST-Uganda aims to sustainably commercialize smallholder agriculture through improved productivity and market development, resulting in marketable surpluses that raise incomes in Uganda, and increase regional food security for the wider East Africa and Great Lakes Region. A systems approach is employed to develop integrated cropping systems around priority commodities – Irish potato, cassava, oil seeds and rice – combined with an accelerated cluster development approach appropriate for Uganda. In addition, services are offered for input market development, output marketing, linkages to Dutch and other agribusinesses and investors, and improvement of the policy environment. The first cycle of the IFDC CATALIST-Uganda resulted in 165 business summaries being submitted and subsequently 50 full business plans after an extensive period of training and coaching. Congratulations to all partners and entrepreneurs that participated. Ten to fifteen businesses are now being selected for matchmaking services with investors and other businesses, and those not selected in the first edition are welcome to improve and submit again in this second cycle. Participation...

Somali AgriFood Call for Business Proposals

The call for business proposals and financiers for the Somali agriculture and food processing sector is now open for registration. This call – an initiative funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and operated by BiD Network and partners – aims to support aspiring entrepreneurs in the Somali agriculture and food processing sector to start, grow and finance their businesses and to encourage cross border investment of diaspora finance. IFAD, BiD Network and partners are launching a call for proposals for small and medium sized enterprises in the agriculture and food processing sectors in Somalia and Somaliland. This call is meant to attract entrepreneurs in need of finance ranging from USD 20,000 – 200,000 to start or to expand their businesses operations. Simultaneously, Somali diaspora and international investors are invited to sign up to become a business angel, providing funding and mentorship for businesses in the Somali food and agriculture sector, contributing in a sustainable way to the local economy in Somalia (South-Central and Puntland) and Somaliland. Entrepreneurs are called to join an online community, where they can prepare or upload their business plan documents. Through this group, their business plan will be reviewed by experienced business plan assessors, and entrepreneurs can become eligible for mentoring, training, and investor matchmaking services. A limited matching fund is available to further accelerate the start and growth of businesses. To learn more about the call, and to apply or register, please visit: • somaliland-agrifood.bidx.net (for Somaliland) • somalia-agrifood.bidx.net (for South-Somalia) • puntland-agrifood.bidx.net (for Puntland) Follow us on Twitter: @bidnet, @somali-agrifood Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/bidnetwork More information: Annemarie van Mossel, Project Coordinator, Tel: +31 207 555 000, e-mail:annemarie.vanmossel@bidnetwork.org About...