MEST EITs Present at the KIC 2017 AgriTech Challenge

Thea Sokolowski | Monday, July 31st, 2017

On Friday, top minds in tech, agriculture and energy gathered at the University of Ghana for the final pitch event of the 2017 Kosmos Innovation Centre AgriTech Challenge. The event was attended by representatives from Union Bank, Hershey’s, Wanco, and the Ghana Ministries of Trade, Finance and Agriculture, as well as MEST and Kosmos Energy.

This was the 2nd annual AgriTech Challenge for KIC – marking the end of a 7-month immersion program. 400 people applied to the program, with 100 selected and the final 20 chosen to pitch for an opportunity to receive a $100,000 grant from Kosmos Energy.

MEST EITs Winnie Akoko, Tony Marfo, Ebenezer Owusu and Edna Sawe participated in the program, as they are focused on AgriTech startups for their final companies at MEST.

Joe Mensah addresses the audience in opening remarks

 

Joe Mensah, Country President of Kosmos Energy, opened the event with a nod to the ongoing success of last year’s winners and MEST companies, TroTro Tractor and Ghalani.

Speaking on the landscape and why KIC has chosen to focus on agriculture, Professor Michael A. Tagoe, Dean, School of Continuing and Distance Education stated,

“Agriculture has a greater impact on poverty reduction. It will transform the economy of Ghana.”

Six companies pitched in total, with ideas ranging from inventory management solutions, to land rental marketplaces, to logistics and transport services and agribusiness solutions.

MEST startup Anitrack pitched an innovative solution for livestock management that utilizes RFID technology to track the health of individual animals and record data for farmers.

Agroseal pitches at the 2017 AgriTech Challenge

 

Agroseal, led in part by CPO and MEST EIT Edna Sawe, seeks to solve the issue of post-harvest loss and food spoilage during transport from the farm to customers. Their platform connects fruit and vegetable aggregators with large scale farmers to ensure timely, protected deliveries.

Pitches were well received, and final decisions on funding are expected to be announced at the end of August. We wish all participating teams good luck and look forward to continuing to support development of agriculture startups alongside our partner, KIC.