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JICA 2020 NINJA Business Plan Competition in Response to COVID-19

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese government in developing countries, has announced the launch of the NINJA Business Plan Competition for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak. NINJA is short for Next Innovation with Japan.

The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries. The application 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:

  1. Health: Online healthcare support; disease-testing solutions; medical data sharing and privacy protection solutions; distribution of drugs and medical equipment; IoT, including 3D printers, in the medical field
  2. Disaster management: Geo-tracking during disasters; emergency information dissemination
  3. Business services: Support for remote workers; efficient management/operation of online events
  4. Education sector: Remote learning support
  5. Food and agriculture: Efficient food/commodity distribution technology
  6. Finance: Contactless transactions/payment; lending/insurance services to SMEs and individuals
  7. Logistics: delivery service, urban mobility management
  8. Other: Substituting imported goods with local innovative technology

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About Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency is a governmental agency that coordinates Official Development Assistance for the government of Japan. It is chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, and the promotion of international cooperation


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JICA NINJA Business Plan Competition


Aim and Benefits of JICA NINJA Business Plan Competition

  1. Winners from each country will be given a chance to sign a work contract with JICA for their innovation(s).
  2. Winners will be eligible for equity/debt-free sum of upto USD 30000 by JICA for covering costs associated with the proposed activities including, 1) remuneration of staffs, 2) other expenses, and 3) indirect local tax.
  3. Winners may also get the opportunity to travel to Japan for further investments and business partnerships sponsored by JICA.

Requirements for JICA NINJA Business Plan Competition Qualification

  1. Organisations with their head office or a branch in one of the target countries.?
  2. Profit/non-profit organisations registered as an independent legal entity. Proposals from individuals will not be considered.
  3. Companies with a very strong management team of at least 2 people.
  4. Businesses that have an innovative product(s) or service(s) in response or adaptable to the Pandemic and post-pandemic society OR have a feasible business plan to create prototypes (MVP).

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. The proposal should 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.
  2. Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.
  3. JICA may establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.
  4. Each country will have 8 to 10 finalists out of which up to 5 winners will be selected.
  5. Winners from each country will participate in the grand finale

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Interview date, Process and Venue for JICA NINJA Business Plan Competition

Timeline:

  1. Application deadline: July 29th, 2020 (First-come, first-reviewed base)
  2. Interview of selected startups:  Mid to Late August 2020
  3. Final selection: September 2020                       

Note: JICA will request the startups invited to be interviewed online to submit additional documents/a pitch deck if necessary.


Application Deadline

July 29, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on docs.google.com to apply

For any queries about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address: [email protected]

For more details, JICA website



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