BiD Network offers investors access to high potential business plans and committed entrepreneurs in emerging countries. In addition to the business plans on bidnetwork.org we host several portals to serve business plan competitions and matchmaking services in different regions and industries. An overview of some of our current competitions is featured on this page, with links to more information about the entrepreneurs and their business plans.
Get in the Ring: the Investment Battle
Get in the Ring is a non-profit event concept, initiated by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, that puts startups in the spotlight, giving them a global podium from which to connect with investors. Also known as "the Olympics for startups", it is a unique platform that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, leaders and experts to explore and activate SME development in Africa. In 2014 the Investment Battle of Get in the Ring is being organized in over 50 countries with over 2,000 participating start-ups. Through 50 National Finals and 8 Regional Finals 8 start-ups are being selected for the International Final, taking place on the 21st of November in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. BiD Network hosted the Regional Final of Africa in Rwanda, where 10 of the most promising African entrepreneurs competed for one place in the International Final during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. The winning startup of this year is GoMetro from South Africa, an app that provides information, updates and announcements regarding public transport for cities in South Africa.
Visit gitrafrica.org for more information about Get in the Ring Africa, the 10 African finalists and the winning African start-up.
Women in Business
The Women in Business Challenge is the competition for women entrepreneurs in emerging markets seeking training, coaching, networks and finance ($10,000 to $1 million USD) to start and grow their business. This yearly competition is an initiative of BiD Network and ING and in 2014 the 5th edition takes place, featuring 5 ambitious finalists from Africa, Asia and Latin-America.
During Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, the 5 finalists of Women in Business plus 5 extra promising women entrepreneurs will visit the Netherlands for a week full of training, coaching, investor meetings, business visits and the final event in which the winner will be announced and receives a € 5,000 prize to start and grow her business.
Visit women.bidnetwork.org for more information about the competition, the finalists and previous winners.
Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen
Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen is a competition for Dutch entrepreneurs who want to start a business with social and/or environmental impact in Africa, Asia or Latin-America. Ambitious entrepreneurs can submit their business plan till the 30th of September to get in the race to win investment to start and grow their business. BiD Network has facilitated personal coaching from EY experts for selected entrepreneurs during the competition. The final event of Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen will be hosted together with the International Final of Get in the Ring: the Investment Battle on the 21st of November in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Visit ondernemerzondergrenzen.nl for more information about the competition.
BiD Network, with support of Collert Consultancy, HIRDA Foundation and other partners, implement the Somali AgriFood program, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This project aims to provide access to diaspora and international finance for Small and Medium sized Enterprises in the Somali agriculture, food processing and fishery sectors. Diaspora and international investors interested in financing a Somali business are most welcome to contact us to get more information on our investor services and portfolio of finance ready plans. A fund is currrently being structured to incentivize investors to finance Somali businesses.
IFDC Catalist Uganda
BiD Network and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) have launched a program that aims to improve the performance, business plans and access to finance of SMEs in the Irish potato, cassava, oilseeds (soybeans and sunflower), and rice value chains in Uganda. The ultimate goal is to contribute to an increase in rural incomes and trade in Uganda along with increasing food security in the region. As part of the IFDC CATALIST-Uganda program, IRIS and BiD Network are organizing a business plan competition for SME entrepreneurs in Uganda.
Visit ifdc-catalist-uganda.bidx.net for more information about the competition and to register as an investor.
SHAPE AND LEAD Agri Business Challenge 2014
Organized by BiD Network, CATALIST-2 and IFDC, this challenge focuses on identifying promising entrepreneurs active in agriculture value chains in Rwanda, Burundi and North & South Kivu (DRC). SHAPE AND LEAD is for entrepreneurs who need assistance in shaping their business, but also for those who want to optimize their role as leaders in their value chain. Participants will receive support in technical skills, developing their supply chains, dealing with product seasonality, challenges in packaging, access to capital and/or marketing constrains to get ready for finance.
Visit shapeandlead.bidx.net for more information about the challenge, to register as an investor and to find the participating business plans.
SHIKA 2014 Competition
BiD Network and the Burundi Business Indicator (BBIN) organized the SHIKA 2014 Competition, which aims to support Burundian entrepreneurs to grow and develop their business ideas. The participating businesses have a financing need between $ 10,000 and $ 500,000.
Visit bbinburundi.bidx.net for more information about the SHIKA 2014 competion and to register as an investor.
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