The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) and its partners are pleased to announce semi-finalists of the e-agriculture start-up competition Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017, targeting West African young companies for this edition. Applications were received from 130 start-ups based in 11 West African countries. At this stage, a panel of judges analysed entries mainly on five key criteria: technical eligibility of the service offered; target market; overall quality of descriptions; current market traction and technical solution proposed. Their results culminated in the shortlisting of 53 semi-finalists (initially the best 50 entries were planned to be selected; however, there were ties resulting in an additional number of entries selected). [Read more…]
Check out key stats from the application phase of the Pitch AgriHack West Africa, the e-agriculture start-up competition launched by CTA and various partners (discover the supporting partners on the infographic).
Other country representation details: total number of application: 130. Benin 12; Burkina 5; Outside west Africa 5; Côte d’Ivoire 8; Gambia 1; Ghana 4; Liberia 3; Mali 1; Niger 1; Nigeria 73; Senegal 10; Togo 7.
More needs to be done in many countries to have an emergence of mature start-ups that innovate and support the agri-food sector.
Le Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale (CTA) lance Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l’Ouest 2017, dans le cadre du Programme AgriHack Talent. Cette activité est organisée en collaboration avec l’EIC Corporation (Côte d’Ivoire), l’African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Agribusiness TV, ProHaus Group (USA), Wennovation (Nigéria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Bénin), Suguba (Afrique de l’ouest), CTIC Dakar (Sénégal), CIPMEN (Niger), Woelab (Togo) et Jokkolab (Côte d’Ivoire/Afrique). Cette édition régionale fait suite à l’organisation réussie de la première édition internationale Pitch AgriHack 2016. [Read more…]