AGRF, Heifer International, and Generation Africa have joined forces once again to introduce the highly anticipated Pitch AgriHack 2023 competition.
This event aims to foster Agritech innovation and sustainable agricultural development throughout Africa. Offering an impressive total prize pool of USD 45,000, the competition’s primary objective is to inspire and empower young African Agritech entrepreneurs, encouraging them to play a pivotal role in transforming the agricultural landscape of the continent.
Pitch AgriHack 2023 seeks to identify and reward the most promising ventures that address critical challenges within the agricultural sector. The competition is divided into three distinct categories: Early-stage, Mature/Growth-stage, and Women-led ventures. Within each category, a panel of experts will select three winners and three runners-up.
Winners in each category will be awarded a substantial cash prize of USD 10,000, while the runners-up will receive USD 5,000 as recognition for their outstanding efforts in driving agricultural innovation and sustainability across Africa.
By providing significant financial support and recognition, Pitch AgriHack 2023 aims to propel the selected ventures forward, enabling them to scale their operations, develop groundbreaking technologies, and contribute to the advancement of agriculture in the region.
This competition not only serves as a platform to celebrate innovation but also encourages collaboration and knowledge-sharing among agritech entrepreneurs, fostering a vibrant ecosystem of change-makers in Africa’s agricultural sector.
Adesuwa Ifedi, Senior Vice President for Africa Programs at Heifer International, emphasized the importance of youth and innovation in driving the development of Africa’s agricultural sector. Heifer International recognizes the pivotal role that these factors play in providing solutions that meet the needs of smallholder farmers.
By harnessing the power of technology and innovation, local economies can be strengthened, food production can be enhanced, and communities can be uplifted.
Dr Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA and Former Special Envoy to the UN Food Systems Summit, expressed optimism for the competition, highlighting the digital revolution taking place in the agriculture sector.