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Here are the 12 Startups Selected to Join the $100k Village Capital FinTech for Agriculture 2015


A total of 12 startups were yesterday selected to join the 3rd Village Capital FinTech for Agriculture: East Africa 3-month accelerator programme aimed at increasing incomes for smallholder farmers by improving their access to financial services.

Two out of the 12 ventures stand a chance to secure US$50,000 in funding each.

They include:

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Atikus Insurance:Expands access to credit by increasing the capacity of MSME lenders via reimagined insurance and technology risk solutions.

Chamasoft: Weband mobile app to automate record keeping for investment groups.

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Ensibuuko:Builds ICT solutions to enable enterprises deliver financial services efficiently and to scale rapidly, reaching underserved communities.

FarmDrive: Transforminghow smallholder farmers access financial services.

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Farmerline:Provides accurate and timely agricultural information to farmers and also provides technology to stakeholders to work better.

M­Shamba:Interactive platform for smallholder farmers and traders.

Mobipay:Technology solutions to various economic sectors to drive commerce and trade.

nanoCredit Technologies:Lending and de­risking engines, providing structured digital finance for small farms.

Rangerland Solutions:Online livestock marketing platform that directly connects buyers and sellers, reducing marketing costs.

Redcore Interactive:remit.ugis a platform for online international money transfers to mobile money in Africa.

SmartMoney:Free­ of­ charge branchless mobile banking to unbanked rural communities in Uganda and Tanzania.

YieldUganda:Sources high quality, traceable food products for local and export markets.

The 12 will be taken through business model canvassing, customer hypothesis testing, financial modeling, partnership and customer development, and investor engagement resulting into a pitch day to investors where the two winners will be selected to receive US$50,000 in funding.

“We have been truly impressed with the quality of applications received this year,” JohnMulqueen, Financial Associateat Village Capital said in a statement. “We are very excited to get started with our programme, and get down to work. We look forward to building and shaping the innovative solutions our startups are creating, and we believe their work will truly unlock the value of East Africa’s agricultural sector.”

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Sam Wakoba
Sam Wakoba
Taking you on tour through Africa's tech and business ecosystem, one story at a time since 2010! Based out of Nairobi, Kenya, Sam is the founder and managing director of Moran Media, which runs, various other digital platforms and a startup incubation hub for Kenya's youthful entrepreneurs. Drop me a mail at [email protected]

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