Northern Innovation Lab (NIL), in partnership with Ghana Tech Lab, has recognised three start-ups — Agricom, Agritech, and Peace Innovation for finishing at first, second and third places respectively — at its fourth Local Startup Summit under the Pathways to Sustainable Employment Programme to focus on the role of digital skills into agriculture.
The winners took home some cash rewards, an incubation package with NIL on product development, as well as equipment and a plaque.
The fourth edition saw eight start-ups — Peace Innovation, Agricom (Sakata), Maltiti, Agrictech, Agricgalaxy, MarvinCart and JMART — pitching innovative ideas such as establishing a channel through which farmers can easily obtain farm inputs at reasonable prices, training on renowned agronomic practices, selling improved varieties of seeds to farmers by connecting farmers or producers to potential buyers, creating a web app to help farmers learn how to apply fertiliser effectively, etc.
Alfred Opoku, Project Manager at NIL, congratulated all Walewale Startup Summit participants, inviting young people in the North East Region to take charge of the growing demand for tech experts.
“I applaud all start-ups for finding solutions to some of agriculture’s most pressing challenges. I am equally impressed that majority of the new businesses are owned and operated by women and nursing mothers.”
He thanked the wining start-ups and all participants for driving innovative solutions and ideas. “Agricom displayed how to train farmers on renowned agronomic practices and selling improved varieties of seeds to farmers; Agrictech taught farmers the best farming techniques while connecting producers and buyers on a single platform; and Peace Innovation has established a channel through which farmers can easily obtain farm inputs at reasonable prices.”
Maltiti connects farmers or producers to potential buyers. Agricgalaxy creates a web app to help farmers learn how to apply fertiliser effectively. MarvinCart focuses on establishing direct connections between farmers, retailers and service providers via proprietary applications that power end-to-end operations by sourcing directly from farmers and transporting fresh produce to retailers and final consumers. JMART has developed a web app to assist farmers with advertising and selling their produce.