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Kenyan AgriTech Startups Solar Freeze, Illuminum Greenhouses Bank US$100,000 at Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

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Kenyan AgriTech Startups Solar Freeze, Illuminum Greenhouses Bank US$100,000 at Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

Two Kenyan AgriTech startups have won a total of US$100,000 at the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019.

Solar Freeze, a one-stop turnkey portable off-grid toolkit for localized rural food emerged as the overall first runner up in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge clinching US$75,000.

Illuminum Greenhouses which provides smallholder farmers with affordable greenhouses equipped with solar-powered sensors clinched the second runners up position banking US$25,000.

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services ran by students and recent graduates that enables economic development benefitting the society or the environment.

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“This year, 335 teams from around the world competed for a total of US$300K in prizes. Teams put forth solutions addressing challenges across the environment, healthcare, critical human needs, and more. Every team showed a deep understanding of the magnitude of the problems facing our global community, and developed innovative solutions to address them.” Said Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Cisco.

The prize money is divided into Grand Winner (US$100,000), First Runner Up (US$75,000), Second Runner Up (US$25,000), Third Runner Up (US$10,000), People’s Choice (US$10,000),

M-Shule, a Kenyan EdTech startup emerged as the second runner up in the 2018 edition Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.

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