Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase 2018

Published Mar. 1, 2018

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.

In January 2018, 35 Innovators, representing 21 Powering Agriculture Innovator teams gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for a week of business acceleration training.

The week-long workshop focused on developing skills needed to find product-market fit and scaling up of innovations. The week included panels on topics ranging from funder perspectives to gender integration, hands-on and small group activities, and site visits to Innovator customer and farmer sites.

The week was capped off by the 2nd Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase, attended by 150 people from the innovation, investor, donor, and academic communities. Attendees visited each Innovator's station to learn about their clean energy solution, and invested in their favorite Innovations with VentureShillings. The 3 with the highest investment - SimGas, Futurepump, and Village Industrial Power - won the chance to give a 3-minute pitch to the audience.

The showcase also featured a panel discussion on the clean energy/agriculture nexus with specialists from the energy, agriculture, and investment sectors, as well as remarks from Powering Agriculture's Founding Partner representatives from GIZ, Sida, and USAID. Highlight videos of the Showcase can be viewed at The Powering Agriculture YouTube Innovator Showcase playlist, or at the following links:

Highlights | 2018 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

Partner Remarks | Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

Panel Discussion Highlights | Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

Panel Discussion | Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

Innovator Booths | Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

Innovator Pitches | Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

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