Thursday, September 14, 2017 — On September 13th during Seedstars Accra, AgroCenta won the Ghana round of Seedstars World and will represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to USD 1 million in equity investment and other prizes.

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes brought its Ghana round to a successful close during Seedstars Accra. The event took place this Wednesday at Impact Hub Accra, and 8 selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel.

The local winner, AgroCenta which empowers smallholder farmers through innovative technology was selected the best startup in Ghana. As a part of the prize, AgroCenta will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 75 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment and other prizes.

JamJar, with its solution to plan and organise an event on the African continent came second and Kenko Doctor, an open marketplace with instant access medical history grabbed the last spot in the top 3.  The other startups invited to pitch were EDWOM GHANAInvest MobileAnitrackCLIVEAmatsii

The 8 startups pitched in front of a prestigious jury: David Hutchful from Bloom Impact, Patrick Quantson from Stanbic Bank,  Klenam Fiadzoe from Sika and Fanny Dauchez from Seedstars World.

At the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

Further support was provided by our regional partners Orange and Microsoft, our local supporters Mest, Ispace and Bar Camp.

Continuing on its world tour of startup scenes in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, Seedstars World’s next stop is Dakar to select the best startup in Senegal. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market.