Six Nigerian Agritech startups have been named among the 23 African finalists of the Pitch AgriHack 2018 – a youth e-agriculture start-up support program of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The competition would have its winners receive cash funding and other additional support.
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This years edition of the event received 325 applications from which the panel of 14 judges have selected 26 finalists – 23 African startups and 3 Caribbean startups. Finalists were chosen based on their Uniqueness of solutions, the Agricultural problem(s) addressed, Current traction, Scalability, Team composition and added value, Market strategy and Planned milestones.
Of the 26 finalists, 14 are led by women founders and co-founders (53%) which is in line this year’s theme “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific”.
Also, Nigeria has the most represented with six finalists which include: AgroInfoTech Africa, Daily Fresh Farms, Ankora Global Services (selected in the advanced platform category) and Crop2Cash Ltd, Farmignite and Kitovu Technology Company (which was chosen in the early stage platform category).
Here are the other finalists: Advanced platform category – Lawyers 4 Farmers (Uganda), Archeos (Benin), PREMIUM HORTUS (Benin), Savanna Circuit (Kenya), Solar Freeze (Kenya), UjuziKilimo (Kenya), GO(Rwanda) Agro Innova (Ghana), CowTribe(Ghana), and CLIN SARLU (Togo).
Here are the other early-stage platform category finalists – Develop Digitally (Jamaica), Agro VCM Solutions (Jamaica), Illuminum Greenhouses (Kenya), ZuriCap, (Kenya), Agrisolve (Ghana), Codettes (Suriname), JINUKUN (Benin), FENOU PACKAGING (Benin), AGRISOFT (Togo), and AKABOXI(Uganda).
Finalists will take part in a bootcamp and pitching sessions in Kigali, Rwanda, in September 2018, on the occasion of the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) which will feature about 1000 participants including high-level government and private sector representatives.
Up to 9 winners (of which 5 will be women-led) will be announced on the closing day of the AGRF. Winners will receive a cash prize of up to €15,000, and benefit from promotional support, additional capacity building as well as networking opportunities.
Pitch AgriHack is run by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Nigeria’s Wennovation Hub and Suguba Africa.
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