Demo Day of the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge

Demo Day of the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge - Alliance Bioversity International - CIAT

Convene with purpose-driven entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and CGIAR scientists bringing their agri-tech solutions to end-users through the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge. On Monday 29 April 2024 at 14:00-16:00 (Tashkent time), the live Demo Day will feature 10 finalists pitching to the Selection Committee, industry experts, and investors, to secure funding that will enable them to introduce their products to the Uzbek market.  

How did we get here? After a rigorous multitiered selection process involving over 500 applications, we are pleased to announce the 10 innovation teams who have undergone a 3-month acceleration program, combining business mentorship and scientific technical assistance. This event marks the culmination of a one-year project to celebrate the scaling pathways of the 10 innovation teams. 

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It will serve as a platform to discuss the significance of fostering connections between cutting-edge research, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship in bringing agri-tech solutions from the laboratory to the market in Uzbekistan and Central Asia. 

Read more about the teams’ progress

Why Join? To witness the incredible achievements of project participants as they unveil their agri-tech solutions addressing critical priority areas impacting agriculture in Uzbekistan, and gain valuable insights into emerging products and services launching in Uzbekistan, offering a glimpse into the country’s evolving business landscape.  

Expand your innovation network by connecting with entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and like-minded individuals, fostering collaborations and partnerships that drive progress.  


14:00 – 14:05 

Opening/Presentation of the results of the AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge 

14:05 – 14:10 

Welcoming Remarks from Implementing Partners 

14:10 – 14:20 

Keynote Address 

14:20 – 15:40 



Competing Teams 


Selection Committee 




GeoAgro-Dehqon *(CGIAR-led innovation) 





Piatrika Biosystems 


ZeroEarth Private Limited 


InnoWIUT, Westminster International University in Tashkent 

FE Indorama Agro LLC  

Uzbekistan Venture Capital Association 


UNDP Uzbekistan 

International Agriculture University 

Tashkent State Agrarian University 


15:40 – 15:55 

Presentation of Growth Stage Start-ups 

15:55 – 16:00 

Announcement of Winners and Closing Remarks 

The AgriTech4Uzbekistan Innovation Challenge is organized as part of the CGIAR Regional Integrated Initiative, Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa (F2R-CWANA).  

This project is powered by the CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP), co-designed with CGIAR Centers–The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ICARDA, and IWMI–and implemented in collaboration with Hackonnect, innoWIUT Entrepreneur’s Lab of Westminster International University in Tashkent, the United Nations Development Programme Uzbekistan, FAO, the Agency of Innovative Development under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan through the AKIS Center, Indorama, the Uzbekistan Venture Capital Association, the Tashkent State Agrarian University, and the International Agriculture University. 

If you would like to get involved, contact us at: [email protected]