Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform has been selected by Techstars Atlanta as one of the members of the 2017 Class to participate in its accelerator program in partnership with Cox Enterprises.
The announcement which was made by Techstars on Monday named Farmcrowdy as one of 114 tech start-ups worldwide.
Techstars is a Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed through different avenues and partnerships. With applications from 42 different companies, Farmcrowdy is the only African company which was selected as part of Techstars’ accelerator program.
Farmcrowdy’s CEO, Onyeka Akumah who was at Techstars Atlanta on Monday said, “We thank God for the progress He has shown us so far. We are super excited about this opportunity and will be looking forward to learning a bit more from the Techstars Community about how we can scale our efforts to grow our impact in small scale farmers from 1,000 currently engaged with us to around 10,000 in the next 12 months.
“We also hope to learn about building more relationships with key agro-players in and outside Nigeria in addition to the ones we have while taking advantage of and amplifying the government’s efforts to grow the Agriculture space in Nigeria.
He also hopes that with the knowledge acquired, Farmcrowdy can encourage more youths and middle-class Nigerians to participate in Agriculture while being “farmers without a farm” for the purpose of creating impact and getting returns.
Techstars three-month accelerator program promises that participating entrepreneurs will “build their business network, receive individualized support and learn how to do more faster”.
The Q3 2017 class will now commence an intensive, bootcamp-style program, with weekly mentor meetings, classes and training on various subjects ranging from marketing to sales to funding, and technical and business support. All participants will be working out of Techstars Atlanta’s Ponce City Market space.