The winners emerged from 219 participating startups. All ten finalists receive incubation support from FAO to achieve market presentation and maximize their positive impact
The AgriNation Startup Cup final event took place on October 20th, as part of the 2022 World Food Forum hosted in a hybrid format at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Ten startups from across the region showcased their ideas and competed for a spot in the 2023 Global Agripreneurs Summit (GAS).
The ten startups had to pitch their idea in front of a panel of judges consisting of Ms. Carla Tanas, Co-Founder & CEO, Future Agro Challenge / IDGC, Mr. Ramy Boujawdeh, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Berytech, and Mr. Simon Gifford, Co-founder and CEO, Mashauri Limited. The innovative and locally cultivated solutions ranged from rural finance solutions, sustainable fertilizer, digital water management, waste valorization, vertical farming and nutritious and sustainably produced foods. The showcase exemplified how young men and women from across the region are truly capable of transforming agrifood systems to be more sustainable, equitable and productive.
The four winners are: RevoFeed, a company that will produce sustainable animal fodder from local waste, Jodoor, that brings controlled environment agriculture to small farmers, Blue Filter, an affordable and sustainable water filtration service and MicroFert a provider of high quality sustainably produced fertilizer. During GAS, the winning teams will have the opportunity to network with agrifood entrepreneurs, investors and experts from across the globe.
Moving forward, all 10 showcased startups will receive incubation support from FAO to help them achieve market penetration and maximize their positive social, economic and environmental impact.
The AgriNation Startup Cup is a business competition for youth led, early stage startups in the NENA region. Led by FAO in collaboration with Industry Disruptors Game Changers (IDGC) and Berytech, the competition aims to foster youth innovation and inclusion in agrifood systems by supporting solution-oriented agrifood enterprises to achieve market readiness and strengthening national agrifood innovation ecosystems. In 2022 the competition was held for the first time, attracting over 200 applications from 15 countries including 40 teams that were shortlisted and had the opportunity to take part in a digital skill-building bootcamp.
About the partners:
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and ensures food security for all while preserving the integrity of the natural environment and strengthening resilience to climate change. Their goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. They believe that everyone, especially young people, can play a part in ending hunger and achieve sustainable development globally.
Industry Disruptors Game Changers (IDGC) holds cumulative experience and a proven record of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, economic development and entrepreneurial ecosystem building through various activities & means. Leading among those is Future Agro Challenge (FAC – www.facagro.com), a global innovation platform that discovers agri-food technology, active in over 60 countries across 5 continents, & founded with the mission to unlock capabilities to improve agriculture for the future, discover agri-food technology ventures across the globe and help solve local, regional or global challenges.