AquaFarmsAfrica is an agri-tech company based in Conakry, Guinea, with plans to expand throughout West Africa. The company employs aquaponics farming techniques (a combination of fish farming and soilless agriculture) to locally and sustainably produce fish and niche vegetables and fruits that would normally be imported from outside of the continent.
The company’s tech-enabled social franchise model provides a “business-in-a-box” to young entrepreneurs. New entrepreneurs focus on production, while AquaFarmsAfrica manages other areas of the operational value chain such as procurement, quality control, marketing, sales and logistics. Their proprietary app allows franchisees to better manage their sites while enabling management of quality control and logistics at lower costs. Franchises also are easily scalable and offer a transparent investment model for diaspora, increasing local access to capital.
Shamim Kaliisa started Chil AI Lab in 2017 after losing her mother at the age of 13 to cancer and battling breast cancer herself when she was barely into her 20s. Shamim’s mother’s dying wish was that her daughter would use her education to make a change, specifically to help improve screening services for millions of women in rural communities who succumb to cancer and die needlessly due to the inadequate education and services.
Dermisho Utility and Farm Management Application (DUFMA), is a peer to peer integrated agricultural service startup platform providing farm advisory services, a farm management system and a training centre. Created in 2018, DUFMA connects farmers to service providers and micro investors and in the last two years, the team of agriculturists has managed 3 farms, had over 500 consultations and trained over 1000 persons both online and onsite. Their core objective is to improve agricultural processes through precision farming. The team were inspired to create their organisation after realising the enormous gap between what they are taught in academia and agriculture in reality.
DUFMA is aiming to create the biggest agricultural stakeholders' database in the next 5 years in West Africa, enabling registered agricultural stakeholders to easily verify each other. The organisation strives to improve security of investment within the sector and foster intra sector business partnership and productivity through the transfer of quality information.
Ridwan Egbeyemi is the CEO of Unboxd, a wishlist and crowdfunding platform that allows people looking to receive gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc, to create a wishlist of desired items and share with their loved ones who can also make cash contributions for each item on the list. His co-founder, Tolu Adesina, leads product and technology on the team.
The first user of the Unboxd MVP in September 2020 received 450,000 Nigerian Naira [US$1000+] as contributions to their wedding wishlist. After the success of this, the team spent 12 months refining the MVP before officially launching the app for public use in September 2021. Since then, the company has seen a month on month growth in birthday, wedding and Christmas wish lists. 20% of the wish lists in Unboxd are active with an average of N25,000 [$60+] in contributions which has led to over N2 million [$4,800+] in total cash gifts. To date, Unboxd has processed 50+ cash payouts.