EZ-Farming, a start-up in Nigeria’s agricultural sector has emerged as finalists in the annual New Venture Competition, a business pitch competition hosted by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in conjunction with the Walsh School of Foreign Services’ African Studies Programme.
The agritech start-up is the only Nigerian business listed as one of the six finalists for the pitch contest.
Adewale Oparinde, founder, EZ-Farming said in a statement made available to BusinessDay that the development is another validation for the impressive work EZ-Farming is doing to revolutionalise farming in Africa, noting that the start-up offers one of the highest Return on Investment (ROI) in the agritech investment space in Nigeria.
“We are very excited by the fact that we have made it this far in the competition. We know that our mission to connect people to farmers, invest in commercial farming in Africa and empower youths to create wealth is never missed and we are fully committed to making this happen. This would be the basis of our pitch at Georgetown University,” Oparinde said.
Organisers of the event, the Young African Professions DC (YAP DC) a network of over 10,000 African professionals in the district of Columbia in Washington, United States, in a statement, said the competition is in its third consecutive year and that the 2019 Georgetown Africa Business Conference is themed ‘Transforming Africa: A New Business Revolution.’
According to YAP DC, the purpose of the event is to showcase the growth and impact of the private sector across the African continent and facilitate a discussion on the opportunities to continue the success recorded.
“After careful review of each application, six ventures from Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Southern Africa have been selected to pitch on February 2nd,” the group said in a statement.
“These ventures focus on tackling critical issues in agriculture, healthcare, education, environmental sustainability, and human capital. Click on the logos below to learn more about each venture,” the group added.
Other startups shortlisted for the pitch competition are Health First; Talents in Africa; Joon Africa; Wena Hardware and Recycle Up.