Posted 03/14/2022 12:13 by Esther Fossi
For this edition the competition is available in the following countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Pierre Castel Prize aims to identify and support young entrepreneurs who, through their projects in the agricultural and agri-food sectors, contribute to the social and social development of their country.
Launched in 2018, this competition created to support African agricultural entrepreneurship, identifies and supports young agricultural entrepreneurs whose activities actively contribute to the socio-economic and environmental development of their country.
This 5th edition of the Prize is organized in 6 African countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Pierre Castel 2022 Award will award 36 entrepreneurs (6 per country). 1st winner: € 15,000, or more than FF 9 million, sponsorship and a coaching program. 2nd winner: € 10,000, therefore just over 6,500,000F, a coaching program. 4 finalists: Access to the certification of entrepreneurial training in e-learning with the Geneva International Trade Center (ITC).
The Cameroonian faces of this Award
Since its launch in 2018, 4 have won this award aimed at encouraging agro-entrepreneurs. These stood out from many other projects with innovative concepts. This has earned them a financial endowment, professional support, and even training.
In 2018, Flavien Kouatcha was the first to win the Pierre Castel Award with his company “Save Our Agriculture”, which specializes in aquaponics. This modern process makes it possible to produce fresh vegetables and fish without chemical fertilizers, targeting a short supply chain market by installing kits in private homes.
Dr. Diane Mfondoum wins the Pierre Castel Award, 2019 edition, thanks to her “Tisane au Moringa” project. Doctor with a degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I.
In 2020, thanks to his company Mboa Snackery Sarl, which produces and sells plantain chips, Delors Leuwing Ngounouo gets on the podium. As for his trajectory, Delors Leuwing Ngounouo is a young engineer, holder of a joint degree of Licentiate Gemeinsamer – Bachelor of Science specialized in Mechanical Engineering, obtained in 2013 at the University of Lorraine in Germany
2021, Cameroonian rice farmer Ahmadou Wadiri wins the award. This 44-year-old entrepreneur based in Yagoua, in the far north of Cameroon, is the head of a cooperative that brings together more than 300 rice producers, this agricultural entrepreneur and his colleagues place about 25,000 tons of rice on the market every year. marketed under the “Nouria” brand.
A kitten of over 52 million FCFA dedicated to Cameroon in 4 years
As part of this project, the organizers have dedicated to each edition 15,000 euros or about 10 million FCFA for each winner and 5,000 euros or more than 3 million FCFA for each second winner. In addition to the financial endowment, the winners benefit from professional support.
In 2018 Flavien Kouatcha benefited from the sponsorship of André Siaka, CEO of Routd’Af. Dr. Diana Mfondoum, on her part, was accompanied by the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) and by the patronage of me Jacques Jonathan Nyemb, a lawyer with the Paris and Cameroon lawyers.
2020, Delors Leuwing Ngounouo was followed by Mazars partner Jules-Alain Njall Bikok who, according to the competition organizers, should “bring his long and rich experience in the fields of accounting, legal and tax to the development of Mboa Snackery’s Sarl” .