African Youth Agripreneur Forum 2019: Who are the innovative African agricultural start-ups?
This year's African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF), held for the first time in South Africa, focused on climate smart agriculture and innovations that make producers more resilient to climate change. The event had speakers from various sectors in the industry discussing key issues, as well as a pitching competition for innovative start-ups.
The winners received cash prices from the African Development Bank who, together with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, were the key sponsors for the event. The competition had two categories, one for early and one for mature start-ups, which were judged by a panel. The audience could also choose their winner from the final pitches through answering a question in the live poll: "Which of the early / mature start-up agripreneur business will be the most successful in 10 years?"
Who were the winners?
A veteran exporter of Kenyan fresh fruits and vegetables and a young South African farmer specialising in the design, provision and management of indoor and outdoor hydroponic systems, were the winners of this year’s youth AgriPitch competition. Kenyan Alex Muli, CEO and Co-Founder of Goshen Farm won $25,000 for best agribusiness in the mature start-up category, while Paul Sheppard, from South Africa, Co-Founder of Future Farms, took the $10,000 prize for the early start-up category.
Notably, a significant portion of the entries for the competition focused on solar powered cold chain solutions.
Read more about the event at this link.
Key documents / presentations from the event can be found below. This includes documents from agripreneur training that took place before the conference:
- Investment Readiness (Africa Business Group)
- Terms Sheet (Africa Business Group)
- Financial Management (Africa Business Group)
- Innovation and IPRs (Africa Business Group)
- Identifying and Accessing Markets (Africa Business Group)
- Climate Change Economic Impacts (Western Cape Department of Agriculture)
- Climate Smart Agriculture Africa (The World Bank)
- Show me the Money: Business Opportunities in Climate Smart Agriculture (African Agribusiness Incubators Network)