Jaguza Tech, a Ugandan agritech firm that innovates to ease livestock farming in Africa, has emerged winner of the grand prize at the AgricHack Pitch Competition in Ghana.
Jaguza Tech which was founded by Ronald Katamba won in the mature stage category taking home €15,000.
Arinifu Technologies, a technology company that aims to enhance farming in Kenya and Africa at large through technological innovation and making it accessible to both low and high-income farmers, came second in the mature stage category and was rewarded with €12,500.
Winners in other categories are:
1.) Profish, Ghana (€7,500) and Savanna Circuit Tech, Kenya (€5,000)
Public Choice Award
2.) Trackball Global Technologies Nigeria (€5,000)
The Data Analytics Award
3.) Foodlocker Limited, Nigeria (€10,000)
The GreenTec award
4.) TechShelta Company Ltd., Ghana (€5,000).
Winners of #PitchAgriHack 2019 announced:
Savanna Circuit Tech 🇰🇪
Jaguza Tech 🇺🇬
Arinifu Technologies 🇰🇪
Trackball Global Technologies 🇳🇬
TechShelta Company Ltd 🇬🇭
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Michael Hailu, Director, CTA said: “It’s a rewarding legacy for CTA, which has pioneered support for digital entrepreneurship among young people in the agricultural sector.
“Through Pitch AgriHack we have discovered self-taught youngsters, who are full of ideas and determination, and who are providing answers to some of Africa’s persistent challenges.”
The applications range from software to track the production of milk from farm-to-market; a mobile-based web application to improve productivity; low-cost handheld devices to detect animal diseases; an online-based food processing and delivery service; cloud-based livestock management system; using Internet of Things (IoT) devices to connect farmers to agronomists; and an application designed to provide to logistics and market services.
Pitch AgriHack is a competition organised by CTA to support young agricultural entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) build viable businesses and boost innovation for a more sustainable agricultural sector.
The 22 finalist startups, 11 of which are women-led, from seven countries were selected out of 326 young startups that applied.
Earlier in the week, the finalists underwent training through a boot camp process before pitching their innovations to potential investors and a judging panel.
Since the launch of the AgriHack Talent initiative, the services of entrants have reached over one million farmers and agricultural stakeholders and they have raised over €2 million from investors and partners.
The competition was organised in 2019 with support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), OCP Group, GreenTec Group and with the contribution of the World Bank, FAO and other partners.