Request for Proposal (RFP) at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Posted by Future on Thu 10th Mar, 2022 -

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) invites interested and eligible service provider(s) to express interest by submitting RFP documents for the following works:

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people.

At GAIN, we believe that everyone in the world should have access to nutritious and safe food. We work to understand and deliver specific solutions to the daily challenge of food insecurity faced by poor people. By understanding that there is no “one-size-fits-all” model, we develop alliances and build tailored programmes, using a variety of flexible models and approaches.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) - Innovation Challenge for Agribusiness in Nigeria


The purpose of this RFP is to engage services of four (4) Business Incubators, Accelerators, or Innovation hubs on an annually renewable contract (from 2022 to 2025) to co-design and implement an Agribusiness Innovation Challenge in one of the four selected states; Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Oyo states. This activity is part of business support workstream to be implemented in the focal states for the next four years.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) and will be the administrative lead organization for this RFP.

The main objective is to design and implement an Agribusiness Innovation Challenge; provide technical assistance training to women and youth-led start-ups to strengthen their capacity, improve their access to financial services, and develop their business concepts leveraging innovation to improve supply chain efficiency in one of the project states; Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Oyo states.

The specific objectives are to:
  • Design and implement a state-wide Agribusiness Innovation Challenge for early-stage startups in the cassava, maize, rice, and orange-fleshed sweet potato value chains in one of the focal states;
  • Implement a Pitch Readiness Bootcamp for selected start-ups;
  • Implement two (2) Deal-Day sessions for selected start-ups to pitch to a closed group of angel investors, Angel Networks and Venture Capital firms in Africa;
  • Provide 2-month technical assistance support on Business Model Innovation, Customer Development, Go-to-Market & Scale to Agribusinesses.
The Enterprise Support Organization(s) will develop a methodological work plan for all the above objectives based on their expertise in consultation with GAIN staff responsible for the project. The organization should propose a monitoring and evaluation plan for all activities in the select states.

Scope of Work
The successful applicant shall provide the following services:
  • Design a detailed Agribusiness Innovation Challenge work plan.
  • Identify mentors and/ judges for the agribusiness Innovation Challenge.
  • Develop an online application form.
  • Conduct a lean selection process with a two-step screening process, document review and online interview.
  • Implement the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge.
  • Implement a Pitch Readiness Bootcamp.
  • Select winning concepts.
  • Award the winners of the Agribusiness Innovation Challenge.
  • Implement two Deal-Day sessions with 5-10 venture capitals/investors.
  • Provide a 2-month specialized technical assistance and business development training support to winning agribusinesses.
  • The Service Provider shall be an Innovation hub, Acceleration hub, Incubation hub or Enterprise Support Organization with a minimum of three (3) years of experience in start-up management, hackathons, and the incubation of Agritech Start-ups. The organization must be legally registered in Nigeria and have a complete audited financial statement/annual report for the last two years.
  • The organization should also have demonstrated experience in start-up acceleration and deal-making activities with Venture Capital firms within and outside the African continent. The Service Provider should have an excellent knowledge of the green ecosystem, start-up life cycle, Series A, B, C Funding, an in-depth understanding of the activities of value chain actors in the select implementation state, and proven expertise in successfully delivering a similar activity.
Application Closing Date
5:00pm (WAT) 28th March, 2022.

Submission of Documents

Complete proposals should be submitted in electronic copy to:


The following proposals will automatically not be considered or accepted:
  • Proposals that are received after the RFP deadline
  • Proposals received by fax or post.
  • Incomplete proposals.
  • Proposals that are not signed.
Click Here (PDF) for a detailed description of the RFP.