Savanna Circuit Tech, an AgriTech startup that develops a solar chilling in-transit system for dairy farmers was awarded the grand prize of US$100,000 at the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020.
Founded by Emmastella Gakuo and Percy Lemtukei in 2017, Savanna Circuit manufactures and distributes last-mile, non-refrigerant, solar-powered milk chillers that can be placed on any means of transportation, from motorbikes to trucks.
Their AI-enabled ICT solution allows milk aggregation, traceability, and quality control to prevent milk spoilage and maximizes profits for dairy producers.
In its fourth year now, the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is an online competition that awards cash prizes to early-stage startups that have developed a solution that drives economic development or solves a social or environmental problem.
Since early this year, the competing startups were narrowed down from over 500 submissions to 13 winning teams from Indonesia, India, Poland, Cameroon, Mexico and the United States who received a total of US$350,000 cash prize.
Kenya’s Solar Freeze and Illuminum Greenhouses were 2019 overall first runner up and second runners respectively banking a total of US$100,000 while M-Shule, a Kenyan EdTech startup emerged as the second runner up in the 2018 edition of Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.