Twelve young entepreneurs fight it out for 2019 GoGettaz Prize
Twelve finalists made engaging pitches today for the $100,000 GoGettaz prize, a competition for innovative, young entrepreneurs pursuing the trillion-dollar opportunity of Africa’s agri-food sector.
One male and one female winner will be chosen based on the innovation, originality, scalability and environmental sustainability of their business venture.
Envisioned by technology entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa and Yara President Svein Tore Holsether, GoGettaz is an annual competition to identify innovative entrepreneurial ventures in the agri-food sector founded by young people (aged 35 and under) across the African continent.
The finalists who pitched at the African Green Revolution Forum on 3 September 2019 are:
- Starlin Farah – Ecodudu Limited, a feed manufacturing and fertilizer producing company that uses Black Soldier Fly insect technology to sustainably and consistently offer alternative protein for animals (Kenya).
- Leah Bessa – Gourmet Grubb, a dairy alternative/alternative Protein using Black Soldier Fly larvae, farmed commercially (South Africa).
- Siny Samba – Le Lionceau, a baby food producer (Senegal)
- Bonolo Monthe – Maungo Craft, working with oil producers and communities to turn underused, indigenous fruits of Botswana into gourmet low-to-no-sugar preserves (Botswana)
- Affiong Williams – ReelFruit Nigeria, the largest dried fruit processing company in Nigeria by revenue and distribution (Nigeria).
- Lilian Nakigozi – Women Smiles Uganda, a vertical farming manufacturer (Uganda)
- Piwai Chikasha – Alley Capital Group Ltd, a supplier of high-quality crop spraying services using customized drones (Zimbabwe)
- Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu – ColdHubs, a social enterprise that designs, installs and operates 100% solar-powered walk-in cold rooms (Nigeria)
- Bertin Fokou – Distribution Express (DITEX), a mobile and web app helping farmers to find a means of transportation cheaply
- Joe Oyebisi – FarmCorps, which leverages mobile identity systems, risk analysis and tokenization of funds to enable donors, peer-lenders and micro-finance institutions to easily finance smallholders to purchase of quality farm-inputs (Nigeria)
- Steven Betcha – Ngomalands , a tech-platform that connects owners of uncultivated arable land with people seeking land to rent for agricultural purposes (DRC)
- Isaac Ses – Sesi Technologies Limited which offers affordable technologies to help reduce post-harvest losses (Ghana)
Full profiles for each of the very impressive candidates can be found here: https://genafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GoGettaz-Finalists-2019.pdf
The winner will be announced at a gala dinner this evening, the same event where the Africa Food Prize winners will be feted.