Ghanian based agricultural tech startup AgroCenta emerged winner of the TechCrunch Battlefield Africa for Social good category. A total of 15 startups from Africa competed in the first ever Battlefield competition hosted in Africa.
The startups presented their solutions to VCs and judges on stage in Nairobi, Kenya for a chance to win $25,000 and an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF 2018. The judges selected a winner in each of the three categories: productivity and utility, social good, and gaming and entertainment.
AgroCenta deploys mobile and web technologies to provide real time, valuable information to farmers in Ghana. Weather forecasts, farming advice, financial tips as well as market information are provided to farmers to increase production and efficiency.
AgroCenta provides access to market for more than 8,000 farmers via an online marketplace, thus eliminating middlemen. They also handle the logistics when the farmer receives an order.
Lori systems, a startup based in Nairobi emerged as best of show and category winner. Lori systems is a logistics platform that leverages on technology to improve cargo transportation across Africa. The company handles invoicing, payment, tracking and optimize truck utilization to reduce waste and save money.
The gaming and entertainment category which also included fashion saw Syncommerce emerge as winner. Syncommerce is a platform that assist merchant in listing products on several ecommerce platforms and helps managing the inventory across the platforms in real time. When a product is out of stock, the service can hide the product on all the platform on which it is listed.