Ghana’s agritech startup, Agrocenta, has emerged the winner of the 2017 Seedstars Global competition. The winner emerged at the Seedstars summit held in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday 12th April 2018.  Agrocenta now goes away with the first prize of $500,000 in equity investment.

AgroCenta is an online platform that connects the smallholder farmer in the staple food (rice, maize, millet and soybean) value chain to a wider online market to trade, access truck delivery services at the click of a button and also get real-time market information delivered to their mobile phones via SMS and voice services.

Agrocenta beat 65 other finalists that pitched at the Summit.

Other prize winners include the following:

  • Edves from Nigeria won the Transforming education prize.
  • SolarFreeze from Kenya won the Enel Africa Energy prize
  • EMGuidance from South Africa won the Merck health tech prize
  • FinChat from Singapore, won the BBVA open talent prize

Since the inception of Seedstars World in 2013, the organisation has supported 1500 entrepreneurs, which have been assisted to create over 2000 jobs, generate $70-million a year in revenue and raise $92-million in funding.

AgroCenta was founded by two ex-esoko employees, Francis Obirikorang and Michael K. Ocansey in 2015 to improve the agricultural value chain in Ghana.