Twelve young entrepreneurs made pitches for the $100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur prize, a competition for innovative youth with business interests in the agri-food sector.
The pitching session took place on Wednesday 9 September at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali, Rwanda.
Generation Africa’s evaluators and judges will now select two startups to win US$50,000 each. Additionally, and in recognition of the high quality of entries to the competition this year, four more entrepreneurs will be awarded $2,500 each to grow their businesses.
This is aside from the mentorship, programming linkages and other entrepreneurial guidance offered to all finalists.
The winners will be announced during the Africa Food Prize ceremony on Friday 11 September 2020.
The 12 finalists had been picked from among 24 semifinalists who had been asked to showcase their innovative solutions for Africa’s agriculture and food security problems in a 2-minute video pitch, which was followed by online interviews.
The selection criteria to make the final 12 included innovation, market traction, social and environmental impact, business model and management team, in addition to a demonstrated ability to adapt and impact the agricultural landscape of Africa, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the 12 finalists:/p>
Agnes Kanjala (The Farm – Malawi)
The Farm is a social enterprise that trains farmers to boost their productivity by producing by-products to raise livestock and link them to new markets.
Brigitha Faustin (OBRI Tanzania – Tanzania)
BRI Tanzania produces local sunflower oil. To get quality seeds, they train smallholder famers in sustainable land use, and organic and environmental standards.
Daniella Kwayu (Phema Agri – Tanzania)
Phema Agri is a digital agriculture investment platform that provides smallholder farmers with blended finance with an aim to de-risk the value chain.
Elizabeth Gikebe (Mhogo Foods – Kenya)
Mhogo Foods is a socially conscious cassava processor making gluten-free flour, crisps, starch and animal feeds while also training and supporting farmers.
Ifeoluwa Olatayo (Soupah Farm-en-Market Limited – Nigeria)
Soupah Farm-en-Market Limited designed and use USSD apps and blockchain technology to build an efficient, traceable supply chain connecting smallholders to food vendors and markets.
Millicent Agidipo (Achiever Foods Limited – Ghana)
Achiever Foods Limited is on a mission to save lives with organic foods that promote blood health and a strong immune system.
Kharbouch Barhoum (LOMBRISOL – Morocco)
Lombrisol has designed and built a vermicompost machine that automates organic fertiliser production from food waste, using earthworms.
Dexter Tangocci (Integrated Aerial Systems – South Africa)
Integrated Aerial Systems uses drones for precision crop spraying and multispectral surveys to give farmers actionable data about underperforming crops.
Dysmus Kisilu (Solar Freeze – Kenya)
Solar Freeze helps smallholder farmers battle post-harvest losses with mobile, solar-powered cold storage and “sharing economy” cold-chain logistics.
Fadja Djiou Barry (GoMarkit – Sierra Leone)
GoMarkit SL is food supply and delivery business enabling food vendors, retailers and consumers purchase produce from smallholders via their GoMarkit app.
Moses Katala (Magofarm LTD – Rwanda)
Magofarm is an insect technology startup that turns food waste into insect protein for animal feed, which they deliver straight to farmers based on an individual needs analysis.
Paul Matovu (Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) – Uganda)
Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) builds autonomous farm towers to make urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low-income households.