The stage is set for the 2019 iteration of the Pitch AgriHack competition. 20 judges have completed the evaluation of semi-finalist start-ups and have selected the finalists. The judges are industry experts (ICT and agriculture), entrepreneurs and investors coming from Africa and beyond.
Finalists have been selected using ten criteria: proposed solution, agricultural problems addressed, unique value proposition, team composition, market addressed, current market traction, channels/paths to customers, revenues stream, planned milestones and key performance indicators.
Out of the 104 semi-finalists, 22 finalists have been selected (of which 11 are woman-led start-ups). The finalists are (company names in alphabetical order):
a) Mature platform category
b) Early stage platform category
- Agri Zoom, Congo
- Complete Farmer, Ghana (Woman-led)
- Efamu Company , Uganda (Woman-led)
- Endelea Uganda, Uganda (Woman-led)
- Farmers Market Kenya, Kenya (Woman-led)
- FootMo Kit, Uganda
- Raino Tech4Impact, Kenya (Woman-led)
- Nocofio , Ghana
- ProFish, Ghana (Woman-led)
- Savanna Circuit Tech, Kenya
- Technoplus IT Solutions ltd, Uganda
- TechShelta Company Ltd, Ghana
- The Fly Colony, Nigeria
With six representatives, Uganda tops the finalist countries, followed by Kenya with five representatives, Ghana and Nigeria with each having four representatives.
UPDATE, 22 August 2019: Complete Farmer was selected as finalist but cannot attend the competition anymore. The start-up is replaced by the next best start-up, Trackball Global Technologies Nigeria.
Participation in the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum
Finalists will take part in the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra, Ghana from 3 to 6 September 2019. AGRF is organised by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and partners such as CTA, YARA, FAO, The African Development Bank Group, CGIAR, IFAD, the OCP Group. They will attend a training session on investment readiness and will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to development partners and potential investors. Winners will be announced on the closing day of the AGRF which will gather over 2,000 participants including high level government and private sector representatives.
The theme of AGRF 2019 is “Grow Digital: Leveraging Digital Transformation to Drive Sustainable Food Systems in Africa.”
Seven prizes will be awarded, including a special data analysis prize, GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation Awards, OCP Group Award and World Bank Awards. Each winning company will receive a cash prize of up to €15,000, as well as promotion and other business growth support.
About Pitch AgriHack
Pitch AgriHack is part of CTA’s AgriHack Talent initiative and aims at accelerating e-agriculture entrepreneurship for growth and job creation in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. This year’s edition is organised in collaboration with partners including AGRA, OCP Group, the World Bank, GreenTec Capital, GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation, FAO, Agribusiness TV, Iceaddis, BongoHive, Yeessal AgriHub, Silicon Caribe, Africa Projects Development Centre.
Congratulations to all finalists and thank you to all partners.