AGRIPPLE: A Startup Reducing Farm to Fork Time and Eradicating Food Waste #VentureHuntStartupFocus

Founded by the entrepreneur, Vincent Okeke, a graduate of Philosophy, and a Nigerian passionate about making the community and the world at large a better place, Agriple is an online platform that delivers cheaper, fresher, and traceable farm produce everywhere in Nigeria.

It is developed to directly connect farmers with consumers and off-takers to reduce farm and fork time, increase wealth, and reduce food waste. Speaking on his belief, Okeke said, “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime; and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sand of time.

The idea for Agriple stemmed from the fact that most of the food waste from Nigeria and Africa come from post-harvest loss. According to the statistics presented by the startup, each year one-third of all food produced for human consumption – 1.3 billion tons – is lost before it reaches retailers, and this is enough food to feed all the 1.2 billion hungry or undernourished people on the planet.

In fact, statistics presented by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) show that the amount of food wasted in Africa is enough to feed 300 million people. As a result, some people have more than enough food to eat, while others suffer from hunger and starvation, further widening the inequality gap, and costing farmers billions of dollars in annual revenue.

So, by improving farmers’ access to market and proving efficient logistics, the company aims to solve this problem by cutting food waste. This will ensure farmers make more money for their efforts, while consumers get cheaper and fresher produce anywhere in the country.

The startup is a registered trademark of AGRICENTA AGRO SERVICES LTD (RC:1569401). It is the winner of Startup Nigeria 2019 (North Central), a Federal Government sponsored Startup 3-month program, designed to provide free entrepreneurship skills training to entrepreneurs and individuals in the country who are solving big problems in a new, better, and cheaper way.

It is partnered with Sterling Bank and Startup Nigeria. This startup is also part of the semi-finalists selected for Pitch AgriHack 2019, an annual competition that awards young entrepreneurs in ICTs for agriculture, supporting them through capacity building and funding to accelerate youth employment and agricultural transformation

To register as a Farmer Partner, or as a Consumer/Buyer Partner, visit agriple.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Agriculture Platform, Farmcrowdy, Partners with Oyo State Government on $5m Agric Project

Farmcrowdy, the popular Nigerian digital architecture marketing platform, has entered into a partnership with the Oyo State Government to enhance agricultural development in the state.

Farmcrowdy is Nigeria’s first technology-driven agriculture platform, focused on empowering rural farmers by providing them with improved seeds, farm inputs, training on modern farming techniques, and provides a market for the sale of their farm produce, ensuring increased food production and security in Africa.

Since its inception in 2016, the company has empowered over 11,000 small-scale farmers across the country, and their commitment to expand their reach just became even more possible. Less than an hour ago, Farmcrowdy too to their Twitter page, saying,

We are very excited about our partnership with Oyo State and appreciate the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde @seyiamakinde for partnering with us. We look forward to achieving the milestones we have set together for the people of Oyo State

Farmcrowdy’s tweet was actually under a post by Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, where he said,

We promised to explore PPP models to achieve our aim for agriculture. Yesterday, I welcomed the agritech company, Farmcrowdy at the launch of a partnership with Oyo State for agribusiness. I believe the partnership will be mutually beneficial to Farmcrowdy and our people

The present administration in Oyo State is doing everything within means to upgrade the economic status of the state, and agriculture seems to be the route being adopted. Seyi Makinde stated as much during the official launch of the partnership yesterday, on August 26th, which was held at the Golden Tulip, Jericho, Ibadan.

Further speaking on this, the governor said, “During the electioneering campaign, I promised the people of Oyo State that we would have a practical farmer as Commissioner for agriculture and that is exactly what we have done.

“The gap between policy and implementation will be filled effectively. We are not looking at agriculture as just planting and extension work, we are looking at it as a business and that is why we went out to look for the best hands on continent who happens to also be from Oyo state, in person of Dr Debo Akande to drive Oyo state agribusiness venture. He is here now as an Executive Assistant to the governor, so we believe effectively we are bridging the gap.

As he concluded, the governor assured the people of Oyo State that the partnership with Farmcrowdy which totals a sum of $5m would definitely have a positive impact on their lives. He went on to describe the partnership as an agricultural revolution that would grow like wildfire.

To answer questions as to how the funding will be utilised, Onyeka Akuma, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Farmcrowdy, said, “We are investing about $5m dollars in agribusiness in Oyo state within the next three years and connecting not less than 50,000 small scale farmers in the state with solutions to various bottlenecks militating the growth of their farm business. At the end, everyone would be happy with the outcome of the project.

With this partnership, it is evident that the Oyo State government is concerned about the technical, business and management aspect of agriculture, and has decided to leverage the abounding opportunities for growth. This should have been done a long time ago, considering as agricultural products contribute chiefly to the state’s economy.

As this follows the unexpected nomination and appointment of 27-year-old Seun Fakorede as the Oyo State Commissioner of Youth and Sport, one can only wonder at the next revolution fire to be lighted by the iconic Seyi Makinde.

FCMB Invites Nigerian Agritech Startups to Apply for the FCMB-Wennovation Agritech Incubation Program 2019

The FCMB Agri-Tech Incubation Programme run by Wenovation Hub now has its applications open to Nigerian early-stage agric-tech startups.

The Wennovation Hub Programme is, in partnership with the banking firm, FCMB, targeting innovators across Nigeria who are developing tech-based solutions that can ensure food security in the country. The goal is to help them test and validate their ideas, and also gather their first set of customers. This will be achieved through a combination of financial support, guidance and training.

The applications for this year’s program should focus on four problem areas, namely Production, Input, Processing and Storage, and Marketing and Sales. The Hub is looking for MVP-stage startups with some form of market validation.

The goal of this year’s program is to reveal the root of the pre-defined problem statement to ten teams across Nigeria, by merging an in-depth problem definition strategy with an immersion process.

The program will also support these teams with a demonstrable Minimum Viable Product to build a sustainable business model by taking them through a design thinking workshop, and a 3 weeks incubation program subsequently.

Even more, the program is to support at least two of the top selected Agri-tech startups with seed investments and grants, and offer access to experienced mentors and a cohort structure that encourages peer learning and support. Of course, the attending Agri-tech startups will have several opportunities to connect with potential investors and customers.

In fact, the programme commences with a one-week immersion component where the startups will have the opportunity to interact with community members through Wennovation Hub immersion partners. Startups who complete the immersion programme and other required reporting commitments successfully will be invited to a two-week bootcamp in Lagos.

The program will come to an end in September with a pitching competition at the demo day where two Agri-tech startups win a total sum of N3million in grants. All the successful startups are to be taken into a six-month post-bootcamp aftercare programme.

Click here to apply.

Agritech Incubation Program

FCMB in partnership with Wennovation Hub is set to host the 2018 Agritech incubation program. The incubation program is set out to guide early-stage entrepreneurs to test and validate their ideas as well as gather their first set of customers or pivot if need be. This will be achieved through a combination of financial support, guidance and training.

Benefits

  • Up to ₦2.25 million will be given to the top two selected startups.
  • Unrestricted access to the fully serviced workspace.
  • Intangibles (company registration, audit services, developer toolkit etc) worth $10k 4. Access to our local & international networks
  • 6 months mentorship with one on one mentor-mentee pairing.
  • Access to market by leveraging Wennovation Hub’s existing community.

Criteria

  • Competence of team
  • The viability of idea Innovation
  • Market and Scalability
  • Registered companies would be an advantage.
  • Female-led teams would also be given a considerable advantage.

How to Apply

Application deadline is 20th of June 2018. Visit the link to register.