BREAKING: AgFunder Innovation Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Published: Jan. 19, 2017

By Louisa Burwood-Taylor for AgFunder

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

Today we are excited to release the winners of the inaugural AgFunder Innovation Awards.

Startup activity in food and agriculture technology is growing dramatically; at AgFunder we’ve come across over 5k companies since 2014. At the same time, investors are paying increasing attention to the potential for technology to revolutionize the food industry and provide them with financial returns.

To recognize the agtech startups that are driving the industry forward and are the most innovative, we decided to launch the AgFunder Innovation Awards. To determine these awards, we asked you, our global network of over 25k people committed to the progression of agriculture, to submit nominations for consideration.

SunCulture named one of 5 Most Innovative International Pre-Series A Startups

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SunCulture: A solar-powered drip irrigation kit manufacturer, SunCulture has plans to become a one-stop shop for emerging market farmers by providing asset finance to help them purchase ag technologies and improve yields. The CEO Samir Ibrahim was recently named on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for energy. The startup has won several grants including USAID’s  Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development.

For the full list of winners, visit AgFunder News.

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