15 Tunisian agripreneurs win funds and mentoring through the Fast Track project

May 17, 2018

The Fast Track final session and awards ceremony took place between 11th – 13th May at the Hotel Nour in Bizerte. It marked the end of a 3-week tour of regional coaching, during which 58 young entrepreneurs from 7 different regions (Kef, Jendouba, Béja, Siliana, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan) were supported to turn their project idea into a viable business.

Fast Track is an initiative of the German non-governmental organization Enpact, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The project also works in collaboration with the Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments (APIA), CIFODE’COM and the Mashrou3i Project of the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO). The Fast Track project provides an accelerated path for young entrepreneurs in the Agri-Business, IT and related services sector to enhance their BMC (Business Model Canvas), improve their communication skills and access additional mentoring programs.

“These workshops have been very helpful to me. I regained confidence in myself and my project. I also strengthened my communication skills and improved the way I present my project. Now I know how to pitch my business project in front of investors, partners and customers.”

Rym Sbaii, extraction of essential oils – Jendouba

At the end of the 3-day final session, mentors and coaches judged the project ideas during timed pitching sessions. The 15 best young entrepreneurs were awarded prizes including prize money of 1,300 Euros, gifts from project partners and the opportunity to access other trainings (mentoring, courses). The 6 entrepreneurs who received the highest scores from the jury were offered a scholarship to participate in the International Mentoring Program of Enpact.

“The Fast Track contest helped me a lot. First by strengthening my communication skills, but also by helping me building my BMC., I am very happy to be part of the winners of the contest. The funds I won will be fully used for the creation of my project. But what makes me happy too is to be able to represent an inspiration for other young people and guide them to launch projects like mine.”

Hayfa Khalfaoui, dairy cattle project – Jendouba.

Yassine Ben Mnedi, from the Béja region, was the overall winner of the competition. With an industrial project for the production of fertilizer in granulated and solid form intended for agriculture (“Bio Intrants Technology”), Yassine revealed that after a long entrepreneurial journey filled with difficulties, this prize comes just in time. “This is a relief, a new motivation for me and especially the proof that your efforts pay off down the road.”