Pitch AgriHack 2018: The finalists, the prize giving ceremony and the winners

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) concluded a five-day Pitch AgriHack final, with the awarding of best startups in the presence of African heads of states and heads of governments, in Kigali, Rwanda.


The following four winners were announced in the early stage category

Fenou Packaging Benin

The young company offers AgriPack, an online platform that allows agrofood stakeholders to find and buy the right packaging for their products. It offers a selection of biodegradable bags and advice young agripreneurs on how to pack food in an environmentally friendly way. The company also produces agro-processed food(€7500).

Develop Digitally Jamaica

The startup offers Farm Credibly, a platform that allows unbanked farmers in Jamaica to easily access credit. By getting data from suppliers and distributors, a trusted and secure farmer profile is established. FarmCredibly empowers creditors with the means to reduce risk in issuing loans and insurance to farmers by leveraging Blockchain technology. They recently won an IBM hackathon (€5000).

In the advanced stage category, the winners included

CowTribe Africa Ghana

 Cowtribe is a cloud-based demand aggregation and last mile animal vaccine delivery management platform. On the client side, farmers can place orders for vaccines via a USSD platform or Android app. The system then aggregates these orders by zones and region for optimized deliveries. The mobile app allows service providers to receive job notifications, manage and optimize delivery tasks. More than 9,000 vaccine requests have been fulfilled (€15000).

Ankora Global Services Nigeria

With their product SmartFarm, Ankora Global Services provides commercial farming hub where busy professionals and beginning farmers can get access to land, modern farming facilities, professional management and market. They provide various ICT-enabled services including using drones. They have collaborated among others with the Central Bank of Nigeria to empower farmers (€12000).


“Pitch AgriHack has been fantastic. First of all, just being in Kigali has been an eye-opening experience. Specifically, the investment readiness workshop has been extremely useful for us. We take home a lot of lessons and we will be certainly using them to keep propelling us forward; we’ll definitely make better use of funding having gone through this training” –Varun Baker, CEO of Develop Digitally and winner of Pitch AgriHack 2018.

Prior to the announcement of results, the start-ups pitched their solutions to AGRF participants and a panel of judges on 06 September, in a very lively, fascinating and entertaining day. Before the pitching day, the entrepreneurs had the opportunity to attend a pitching training session delivered by Impact Hub Kigali. They learnt useful tips on how to structure their pitches and were able to practice and receive feedback from mentors and peers.

The 26 entrepreneurs highly valued the Pitch AgriHack experience as they had the opportunity to interact with other young entrepreneurs, network with potential investors and with high-level officials and agribusiness leaders.


14 judges went through 86 semi-finalist applications to determine start-ups which will be named finalists of Pitch AgriHack 2018, a youth e-agriculture start-up support program of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

The judges were composed of industry experts (ICT and Agriculture), entrepreneurs and investors.  Assessment criteria were the following: Proposed solution, the Agricultural problem(s) addressed, Unique value proposition, Team composition and added value, Market addressed, Current market traction, Cost structure, Channels/Paths to customers, Revenues stream, Planned milestones and Key performance indicators.

Out of the 26 finalists, 14 were companies led by women founders or co-founders (53%). This is fully in line with the theme of this competition which is: “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”.


Advanced stage category

Archeos Benin

 Is a young African startup that invests in sustainable solutions for the population. Woman-led

AgroInfoTech Africa Nigeria

Is committed to building innovative products as solutions to add value to agriculture and agribusiness in Africa leveraging on Information and Communication Technologies. Woman-led

GO Ltd Rwanda

Is an online platform, designed to boost agriculture productivity by allowing a farmer receiving and following crop calendar practices while recording the monetary cost involved through mobile.

UjuziKilimo Solutions Kenya

Is an agriculture technology company that assists farmers with crop yield optimization through soil analysis and farming recommendations.


Is the e-commerce platform that allows clients to purchase, Order, and receive organic products, vegetables and fruits, in less than 20 min.


Early stage platform category

Crop2Cash Nigeria

Is a platform that connects farmers to profitable markets.

AgroCentral Jamaica

Is an online platform which allows agri-businesses to efficiently manage the vast amount of data involved in their day-to-day operations.Woman-led

Codettes Suriname

Is an online platform which allows agri-businesses to efficiently manage the vast amount of data involved in their day-to-day operations. Woman-led

Jinukun Benin

Is a family business, producing fresh fruits and vegetables

Kitovu Technology Company Nigeria

Is an agritech startup that uses soil and market demand data to provide soil and crop-specific inputs to increase crop yields and access to markets.


Is a digital financial inclusion system that enables smallholder farmers in communities to monitor and manage their savings together.Woman-led

With 6 representatives, Nigeria tops the finalist countries, followed by Kenya and Benin with 5 and 4 representatives respectively. The Caribbean is represented by three young businesses. A total of 325 applications were initially received from 36 countries within the ACP region.


Pitch Agrihack is organised by CTA with the support of AfDB and in collaboration with AGRA. Other stakeholders partnering on the activity include the association Women In Tech Africa, the innovation support institution Suguba Africa and several incubation centres. Pitch AgriHack ambitions to help develop business services offered by young e-agriculture start-ups as well as contribute to the acceleration of the adoption of innovations for stronger productivity in the agri-food sector. More information on past editions and results here.

Congratulations to finalists and thank you to all partners.

This article has been produced partly using the content of the article written by Impact Hub Kigali about the competition