Lessons Learned from Agribusiness Incubation

The UniBRAIN Core Partners

Partners Agribusiness Innovation Incubators

CCLEAr                        Creating Competitive Livestock Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness Consortium

SVCDC                         Sorghum Value-Chain Development Consortium

ABP                              Afri Banana Product Limited

CURAD                         Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development

AgBIT                           Agribusiness Incubation Trust

UniBRAIN                     Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation

ICRISAT                       Agri-Business Incubation (ABI) program

AIP                               Agribusiness and Innovation Platform

ICRISAT                       International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

CCARDESA                  Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa

CORAF/WECARD          West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development

ASARECA                     Association for strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa

ANAFE                         African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education

PanAAC                        Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Consortium


         Box: Business model recommendations 

  • Run the incubator as a business;
  • Expose the incubator to doing business;  
  • Attract SMEs and larger firms as customers; 
  • Focus on fewer value chains;
  • Stick to your business model;  
  • Be open to good opportunities outside your focus;
  • Less reliability on a single customer;
  • Find good revenue opportunities;
  • Incubatees need to pay for services;
  • Value-chain based clustering gives better impact;
  • incubators need to internally generate revenues; 
  • Aim to develop replicable low-cost revenue streams.

      Source: Unibrain lessons learned survey