The Sooretul Solution from Senegal emerged the winner in the advanced stage category of the Pitch AgriHack: Accelerating e –Agriculture Entrepreneurship for improved Food Security and Livelihood competition. The unveiling of the winners took place during a cocktail award ceremony at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on November 24, 2016.
The web and mobile platform developed by two young tech women is promoting an online sale of local and organic agricultural processed goods produced by Senegalese rural women.
The platform is connecting rural supply to urban demand and allowing customers to make their purchases online and have them delivered at their chosen location.
The platform’s main purpose is to “bring together all the actors of the agricultural sector in a virtual local market while promoting women in agribusiness. It gives high visibility to local products and providing a permanent outlet for large-scale orders.
Pitch AgriHack Early Stage Platform Category winners
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, launched the pilot edition of Pitch AgriHack to complement its AgriHack Talent Programme.
Pitch AgriHack targets start-ups founded by young entrepreneurs aged between 18-35 years, from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). Two rounds of selection processes whittled the number of start-ups from 152 to 25 finalist start-ups.
Sooretul received a cash prize of 15,000 Euros from CTA, as well as promotional support, additional capacity building and networking opportunities.
Brastorne enterprises from Botswana won the early stage category through mAgri solutions. The USSD mobile application gives farmers access to information, mobile market and internet based applications.
Daral which means “cattle market” in the Wolof language took the second position in early stage category. The application gathers livestock data for the Senegalese ministry of livestock, with the aim of protecting cattle from theft and monitoring their health.
MOBFiT Ltd from Uganda took the third position under the early stage category. The start-up supports the Ugandan supply chain by connecting smallholder rural farmers to buyers at a low cost via Short Message Service (SMS) and automated voices call technology.
The winners also received digital tools worth $10,000, seed funding worth $10,000-$20,000, Prohaus Visa Cards, and complimentary remote accelerator from Prohaus VC. Prohaus VC also awarded Kuza from Kenya, AgroCenta from Ghana and FarmAfriQué from Nigeria.
As part of the finals of the first edition, the 25 finalist start-ups selected pitched their solutions to venture capitals, entrepreneurs, development agencies, agriculture and ICT industry experts and professionals at Safari Park Hotel on November 23, 2016.
The 25 start-ups came from Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, St Kitts and Nevis, Benin, Ghana, Zambia and Ivory Coast.
Pitch AgriHack aims to help develop business services offered by youth-led e-agriculture start-ups and contribute to accelerating the adoption of innovations for stronger productivity by the agrifood sector in ACP countries.