Zero AgroWaste Competition

From "Waste" to Wealth

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From "Waste" to Wealth

About the Competition.

Zero Agro“Waste” Competition is the 1st world competition for entrepreneurs, startups, makers and students that have innovative ideas/businesses and applications in the field of Agricultural Waste Management.

Zero Agro“Waste” Competition aims to keep our environment clean and provide an interdisciplinary platform for leading entrepreneurs, researchers, artisans, investors and industry professionals to encourage innovative ideas that can make wealth from agricultural “wastes” as resources for the sustainable development.

Competitors will receive support and mentorship from international top experts in the field of Agricultural “Waste” Management, business development and exchange knowledge, technologies, innovations, trends, and opportunities with each other.

Finals will pitch their business in the ByPalma World Conference for a chance to win financial and in-kind prizes.

Why Apply

Media Exposure
Media Exposure
Global Networking
Global Networking
ByPalma World Conference
Attend ByPalma World Conference
Tourist Visit
Fully Funded Tourist Visit
Zero AgroWaste Mark
Zero AgroWaste Mark
Zero Agro“Waste” Competition 2018 Theme

Rediscover Palm By-products!

The theme of Zero Agro“Waste” Competition 2018 is “the rediscovery of palm by-products as resources for the sustainable development”

Why palm trees?

The Palm family includes a wide variety of species (e.g. date, coconut, oil, doum, sugar, etc.). They’re considered the main source of livelihood for significant sectors of the world population. The main product (cash crop) was the focus of growers, startups and investors. Their by-products (secondary products) received little attention from the community.

Most palm species have similar by-products of annual pruning including; palm leaflets, midribs, fruit branches and coir, as well as the trunk at the end of palm life. These by-products may represent a sustainable material base for a wide spectrum of industries ranging from compost, medium density fiberboards (MDF), block boards, and pulp, up to fiber reinforcements for advanced composites. This opens a wide potential for the sustainable development of rural areas possessing palm plantation.

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Competition Tracks.

Ideas Track
Ideas Track

If you have an idea to benefit from palm by-products, you can get value from it and create your startup. It is time to compete.

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Startups Track
Startups Track

If you are a startup and produce palm by-product, it is time to improve it and compete with giants.

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Competition Timeline.

Registration (1st August – 15th September)

Teams and Startups from different regions can register their projects and ideas from 1st August to 15th September, any entries made before or after this time will not be counted.

Mentorship Sessions (6th October – 27th October)

  • First Session: Saturday 6 October
  • Second Session: Saturday 13 October
  • Third Session: Saturday 20 October
  • Fourth Session: Saturday 27 October

Wealth Production (28th October – 7th November)

Teams and Startups should send:

  • Complete Business Plan (20 Pages Maximum): 5 Judges from scientists, experts and investors will judge the Complete Business Plan. (80 points)
  • Marketing Materials: 5 Minutes Video and 200 Words Article about the product to spread the idea and make public engagement with their project. (20 points)
  • Teams can earn up to 5 Extra Points if they made press release or any media outreach in public media like newspapers, TV, radio and news websites about their participation in Zero Agro“Waste” Competition.

All files required should be sent to before the 7th of November.

Top 10 projects will be announced by 15th November to attend finals.

Finals (15th December – 17th December)

Top 10 projects will attend the finals at ByPalma (1st World Conference on By-Products of Palm Trees and Their Applications). It will take place in Aswan, Egypt.

Zero Agro“Waste” Competition and Bypalma Conference will afford conference tickets and all local cost including accommodation and transportation costs.

Travel costs will be based on funding availability.

ByPalma 2018

1st World Conference on By-Products of Palm Trees And Their Applications

ByPalma is the first conference of its kind solely focusing on the by-products of palm plantations around the globe and their current and potential applications.

It will provide an interdisciplinary platform for leading academic scientists, researchers, artisans, entrepreneurs and industry professionals as well as palm growers.

Participants will exchange recent developments, technologies, innovations, trends, concerns, challenges, and opportunities, related to palm by-products R&D, manufacturing, and crafts.

The host country Egypt is home to more than 15 million Date palm trees and is considered the world biggest producer of dates. Egypt has a long heritage of utilization of Date palm by-products since ancient Egyptians.

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