WE4F is looking for innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) who are addressing the water-energy-food nexus in East Africa. The enterprises must offer solutions that increase sustainable food production, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and / or reduce water and energy intensity of the food chain, while increasing income for smallholder farmers, women and youth.

The enterprises should also meet the following minimum criteria:

geographies criteria we4f1) GEOGRAPHY

Entrepreneurs must be legally incorporated as a for-profit company in one of these 7 East African countries:


Country Flags Operations Criteria

2) AGE

Businesses must be operational for at least 18 months.

size criteria we4f3) SIZE

We’re looking for established enterprises with annual revenue of €50,000 to €500,000 equivalent – not at pilot or prototype stages. Applicants should also have a well-established team of between 5 to 200 employees.

financial ambition criteria we4f4) AMBITION

Applicants must have an established current customer base with ambitions to scale to new geographies, products, customer segments, and/or increase annual turnover. They should be seeking debt, equity, or blended finance investments to scale the business.

impact criteria we4f5) IMPACT

The best candidates will demonstrate direct/indirect positive impact to the smallholder farmers, the environment, women, and youth.

Please Note:

  1. The programme specifically encourages applications from women-owned and/or women-led enterprises.
  2. Applications responses must be written in English.
  3. Enterprises should be open and willing to demonstrate at least 20% matching funds (either by cash or in-kind contributions) to the overall award if selected.
  4. Government entities, non-profit organizations, academic and research institutions, and individuals are not eligible to apply.
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