Twelve startups from 10 African countries have been selected as finalists to compete for the US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition.
Generation Africa’s evaluators and judges selected the 12 finalists from amongst the top 24 agrifood and AgriTech semifinalists who were asked to showcase their innovation and transformational prowess in a 2-minute video pitch and online interviews held in the past three weeks.
Selection criteria included innovation, market traction, social and environmental impact, business model and management team, along with a demonstrated ability to adapt and impact the agricultural landscape of Africa, during the trying times of a historic global pandemic.
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the urgent need for sustainability, focus and strengthening of agriculture industries across the continent to ensure that each country can care for its citizens, and build a strong alliance of interconnectivity and support to tackle and survive tough times as both businesses and nations.
The evaluators and judges are now closing in on two innovative ventures, one led by a man and one led by a woman who founded or co-founded businesses in the agri-food and AgriTech sector in Africa.
The winners will each be awarded a grand prize of US$50,000 along with an industry-leading support network to take their businesses to the next level. This aligns with Generation Africa’s mission to create a network of ‘seed-to-fork’ industry leaders from startup-to-success-story in Africa and beyond.
Here are the 12 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize finalists hailing from 10 African countries
Below are the female finalists:
The Farm – Malawi
Agnes Kanjala: The Farm is a social enterprise that trains farmers to boost their productivity by producing by-products to raise livestock and link them new markets.
OBRI Tanzania – Tanzania
Brigitha Faustin: OBRI Tanzania produces local sunflower oil. To get quality seeds, they train smallholder famers in sustainable land use, and organic and environmental standards.
Phema Agri – Tanzania
Daniella Kwayu: Phema Agri is a digital agriculture investment platform that provides smallholder farmers with blended finance with an aim to de-risk the value chain.
Mhogo Foods – Kenya
Elizabeth Gikebe: Mhogo Foods is a socially conscious cassava processor making gluten-free flour, crisps, starch and animal feeds while also training and supporting farmers.
Soupah Farm-en-Market Limited – Nigeria
Ifeoluwa Olatayo: 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.
Achiever Foods Limited – Ghana
Millicent Agidipo: Achiever Foods Limited is on a mission to save lives with organic foods that promote blood health and a strong immune system.
Below are the male finalists:
LOMBRISOL – Morocco
Kharbouch Barhoum: Lombrisol has designed and built a vermicompost machine that automates organic fertiliser production from food waste, using earthworms.
Integrated Aerial Systems – South Africa
Dexter Tangocci: Integrated Aerial Systems uses drones for precision crop spraying and multispectral surveys to give farmers actionable data about underperforming crops.
Solar Freeze – Kenya
Dysmus Kisilu: Solar Freeze helps smallholder farmers battle post-harvest losses with mobile, solar-powered cold storage and “sharing economy” cold-chain logistics.
GoMarkit – Sierra Leone
Fadja Djiou Barry: GoMarkit SL is food supply and delivery business enabling food vendors, retailers and consumers purchase produce from smallholders via their GoMarkit app.
Magofarm LTD – Rwanda
Moses Katala: 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.
Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) – Uganda
Paul Matovu: Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) builds autonomous farm towers to make urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low-income households.