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).
Agribiz Hub aims to nurture innovative ideas to create wealth for entrepreneurs, communities and the economy at large.
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. Incubates receive and support from leading experts and experienced entrepreneurs to nurture innovative business ideas to materialise. The private sector are encouraged to interact with researchers to innovatively resolve business challenges.
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 nationís 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.