July 9, 2020
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has launched a Business Plan Competition called "Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA)", for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The "NINJA Business Plan Competition" will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries, including Tanzania. The competition is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to Health, Disaster management, Business services, Education sector, Food and agriculture, Finance, Logistics and Others.
Interested startups/organizations should accordingly submit their proposals which shall introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product, or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability in the current and post COVID-19 era. The proposals should be commercially-oriented. JICA may cover the budget of the activities up to USD 30,000 for winning startups/organizations. This will cover costs associated with the proposed activities including remuneration of staff, other expenses, and indirect local tax.
To take part in the JICA's NINJA Business Plan Competition, startups/organizations must:
To apply and get detailed information on the NINJA Business Plan Competition, please click here ( https://weetracker.com/2020/07/05/inviting-african-startups-for-the-ninja-business-plan-competition-in-response-to-covid19/ (external link) and ). Application deadline is 29 July 2020 (First-come, first-reviewed basis). For any queries about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
An incorporated administrative agency in charge of administering Japan's ODA (Official Development Assistance), is one of the world's largest bilateral aid agency supporting socioeconomic development in developing countries in different regions of the world.
In Tanzania, JICA has been a long partner of Tanzania for more than 50 years in many sectors since 1962.