TechInAfrica – Generation Africa GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize has announced two innovative ventures to bring home the $100,000 winning prize. The winners are Sesi Technologies and Maungo Craft from Ghana and Botswana. They beat more than 3,000 online applicants across 39 African countries.
Sesi Technologies Limited is an AgriTeh company run by Isaac Sesi (Founder) and Joseph Akowuah (Co-founder). It aims at addressing poverty and hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting farmers and businesses with affordable technologies—GrainMate and FarmSense. The technologies help them to reduce loses, improve productivity, yields, and revenue.
In his competition application, Sesi wrote that their solutions sought to reduce post-harvest losses in grains as well as improve agricultural yield. He invented a way to reduce contamination by measuring the exact moisture in grains to maintain the correct moisture level. They created GrainMate, an easy to use and affordable moisture level as well as FarmSense to determine the correct pH, nutrients, and moisture level in the soil before cultivation.
Meanwhile, Maungo Craft which was founded in 2017 by Bonolo Monthe, is working with oil producers and communities to produce gourmet low-to-no-sugar preserves out of underused local fruits. Monthe runs the business with his cofounders including Olayemi Aganga and Taunyane Motseoeme.
The business started with the belief that the abundant indigenous fruit (morula) could be valuable to start with. She and her cofounders then began their research before finally founded Maungo Craft. Ever since the inception, it has won 10 awards and become the first company from Botswana to participate in the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.
Both Sesi Technologies and Maungo Craft won the Generation Africa initiative award for their agritech solutions. They received $50,000 each at the Africa Food Prize Gala dinner at the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Accra, Ghana
In addition to the prize, both winners will receive coaching and mentoring support tailored to their business stage and interests. The competition is part of Generation Africa’s effort to support young entrepreneurs across Africa and to transform Africa’s food security and sustainability.