The LUANAR Innovation and Incubation Centre, well known by its brand name the Agribiz Hub is a university led creative space aimed at supporting development and growth of agribusinesses in Malawi and beyond. The centre was established with initial support from the Malawi Government, through the Jobs for youth Programme funded by the African Development Bank. The target clients for the centre are in three categories namely startups (out of school and higher education students); micro small and medium entreprises; and researchers (to commercialise research outputs).
To train, develop and support potential entrepreneurs to set up and grow businesses in the field of Agriculture.
To transform and promote potential Agribusiness entrepreneurial skills into sustainable businesses that will contribute to the economic growth of Malawi and the region.
Committed to developing long-term relationships with business owners, educators, entrepreneurs, media, marketing experts to enable us achieve our goal.
Passionate about transforming start-up entrepreneurs to establish economically viable and sustainable business.
Brings the highest level of expertise to our work comprised of recognized experts in various industries, technologies and functional areas in the agricultural value chain.
Commits to the idea that technology is the key to taking the lead in the changing and fast pace economic environment and shall aggressively leverage technology within our programme participants.
Promote a collaborative partnership with our program participants and view ourselves as an integral extension of their business
Insist on honesty and fairness that guide our actions
- Conduct Taloir made Capacity Building activities
- Provide infrastructure for incumbation
- Provide support in Accessing Financing through linkages with potential investors
- Provide Agribusiness development Services to start ups and growing enterprises
Agribiz Hub aims to nurture innovative ideas to create wealth for entrepreneurs, communities and the economy at large. This aim will be achieved through offering co-creation space, training, coaching, mentoring and business development services to support entrepreneurs to set up and grow businesses in the field of agriculture. The hub provides an innovation co-creation and experiential learning space. It provides space where incubates receive support from leading experts and experienced entrepreneurs to nurture innovative businesses. It also provides space and an environment where the private sector interacts with researchers to innovatively resolve business problems.
The Hub works in partnership with several organizations both within and outside Malawi. Its motivation to partner with other organizations stem from its passion mandate to build the nation’s entrepreneurial capacity, and provide a platform for the out of school youths, students and existing MSMEs to develop, grow and accelerate into profitable ventures capable of employing others.
LUANAR through the hub interacts with over 2,000 youths every year in various ways, and hence an opportunity to exponentially build on the mission of encouraging entrepreneurial mindsets amongst youths with a gender perspective.
Agribiz Hub is developing with mentorship from the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) and we are a member of the UBI Global, an Innovation and Intelligence Company. As a co creation space, Agribiz Hub collaborates with a number of stakeholders, and envisions to add more collaborators to the current list which includes Flame Tree Foundation, the Agriculture Transformation Initiative, the Ministry of Youth Labour and Manpower Development, the National youth Council of Malawi, and the Project Innovation Centre.
The following is the top management of Agribiz hub.
Dr. Sera GondweCoordinator
Dr. Felix MaulidiOperations Coordinator
Petterson NachanjeFinance Coordinator
Our activities fall under the following four umbrella programmes.
Youth Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Focused on enhancing entrepreneurial skils experientially. Currently supporting 22 youth (post and undergraduates; and interns at LUANAR) who have invested in soy production over 8ha. Recruiting cohorts of incubates to undergo a specialized incubation process.
In partnership with Flametree foundation conducted a Delab for 18 entrepreneurs, a follow up De-studio being designed.
Research Knowledge Commercialisation
In partnership with Centre for Agriculture Transformation, we want to bring research outputs closer to practitioners for enhanced value creation. Designing of activities in progress.
Innovative capacity building
Tailor made trainings to support innovativeness. So far conducted Ecommerce training in partnership with Virtual Global Consultants under an Africa Alliance Partnership grant. Planning to house all innovation capacity building initiatives for LUANAR.
The Hub provides access to several faculties within the University with varied expertise and experiences in crop and animal production, agro-processing, market and feasibility research, innovative thinking and business management among others. In addition to internal partners, the Hub works in partnership with several organizations both within and outside Malawi.
Its motivation to partner with other organizations stem from its passion mandate to build the nation’s entrepreneurial capacity, and provide a platform for the out of school youths, students and existing MSMEs to develop, grow and accelerate into profitable ventures capable of employing others. LUANAR interacts with over 2,000 youths every year in various ways, and hence an opportunity to exponentially build on the mission of encouraging entrepreneurial mindsets amongst youths with a gender perspective.
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