Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform, has been selected by Techstars Atlanta as one of the members of the 2017 Class and the only African Startup to participate in its accelerator program in partnership with Cox Enterprises.
The announcement which was made by Techstars on Monday, July 17, named Farmcrowdy as one of 114 tech start-ups worldwide participating in the accelerator program.
Techstars is a Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed through different avenues and partnerships. With applications from 42 different companies, Farmcrowdy is the only African company which was selected as part of Techstars’ accelerator program.
Farmcrowdy’s CEO, Onyeka Akumah who was at Techstars Atlanta on Monday said, “We thank God for the progress He has shown us so far. We are super excited about this opportunity and will be looking forward to learning more from the Techstars Community on how we can scale our efforts from 1,000 currently engaged small-scale farmers to about 10,000 small scale farmers in the next 12 months.
“We also hope to learn about building more relationships with key agro-players in and outside Nigeria in addition to the ones we have while taking advantage of, and amplifying the government’s efforts to grow the Agriculture space in Nigeria.
“With the knowledge acquired, Farmcrowdy can encourage more youths and middle-class Nigerians to participate in Agriculture while being ‘farmers without a farm’ for the purpose of creating impact and getting returns.”
— Michael Cohn (@cohnhead) July 17, 2017
The Q3 2017 class will now commence an intensive, bootcamp-style program, with weekly mentor meetings, classes and training in various subjects ranging from marketing to sales to funding, and technical and business support. All participants will be working out of Techstars Atlanta’s Ponce City Market space.
Founded in 2016, Farmcrowdy’s mission is to end poverty one farmer at a time. Farmcrowdy was voted Top 25 Most Innovative Companies & Institutions Awards 2017 by BusinessDay and won The Agro-Innovator of the Year Award 2016/17 by the Nigeria Agriculture Awards.
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