Tafadzwanashe Gavi and Tafadzwa Chikwereti Emerge as Key Contenders in GoGettaz 2023 Semi-Finals for $50,000 Prize, Unveiled by Strive Masiyiwa

The spotlight once again graces youth-led African Agrifood businesses as Generation Africa takes center stage with the announcement of the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2023 semi-finalists. Culminating in an electrifying grand finale pitch contest, live on stage at the Africa's Food Systems Forum (AGRF) Summit hosted this year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from September 4 to 8. 

The climax of the competition will see two young African entrepreneurs—one male and one female—grasping the transformative US$50,000 each. These winnings are geared towards propelling their journeys towards scalability. 

Dr Agnes Kalibata, President of Africa's Food Systems Forum (AGRF) and former winner of the Africa Food Prize, speaking at the Generation Africa Youth Town Hall in Kigali
Dr Agnes Kalibata, President of Africa's Food Systems Forum (AGRF) and former winner of the Africa Food Prize, speaking at the Generation Africa Youth Town Hall in Kigali

GoGettaz is a competition that beckons all African Agripreneurs aged 18 to 35, who are either founders or co-founders of inventive and scalable agrifood enterprises. It is the brainchild of Generation Africa - a partnership initiative with a vision to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector across the continent. 

Generation Africa was co-founded by Strive Masiyiwa Founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group, a global telecommunications, media, energy and technology group founded on the African continent, and Svein Tore Holsether the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara International a global crop nutrition company, founded in Norway.

"When Svein Tore and I first discussed involving youth in Africa's agrifood sector, the challenges of a global pandemic and disruptions in the food supply chain hadn't yet emerged," says Strive Masiyiwa. "Now, as the world's fastest-growing demographic, young African entrepreneurs are envisioning innovative agribusiness models. They're harnessing Agritech and groundbreaking food science technologies to forge new markets and prosperity. They're extraordinary. There's a long path ahead, but the goal is to position Africa as a net food exporter, reversing the norm!" he continues.

As per Strive Masiyiwa's update on LinkedIn, the following individuals have secured their positions as semi-finalists, listed alphabetically based on their venture names:

Top 12 Women GoGettaz 2023

Name Company Country
Elizabeth Olowofila ThinkBikes Limited Nigeria
Maryanne Gichanga AgriTech Analytics Kenya
Adelaide Mwasyoghe AIS solutions Tanzania
Jannifer Muthike Dudu Masters Limited Kenya
Joyce Rugano EcoRich Solutions Kenya
Angelina Sylvester Elite Wine Tanzania
Patience Ben Farmavi Agro Nigeria
Hasina Andriatsitohaina Henintsoa Mad'Arom Madagascar
Patrice Wachira Patvention Beekeepers Kenya
Margaret Wanjiku Pollen Patrollers Kenya
Josephine Adeti Radava Mercantile Kenya
Crescentia Mushobozi, VIABLE Tanzania

Top 12 Men GoGettaz 2023

Name Company Country
George Chege Arinifu Technologies Ltd Kenya
Pelkins Ajanoh CassVita Inc. Cameroon
Tafadzwa Chikwereti eAgro Pvt Ltd Zimbabwe
Martin Dainbaquee Eco-friendly Incubator Company Ltd. Sierra Leone
Oghenetega Iortim Figorr (Formerly Gricd) Nigeria
Imani Bora Colombe Hatchplus Rwanda
Ato Kwamena Mensah LbH LC (Let’s be Happy) Ghana
Onimisi Atere Nimsy Solar Pumps Nigeria
Gbenga Adeyemi NUTRIDREN Agriculture Concept Nigeria
Ikenna Nzewi Releaf Marketplace Nigeria
Yohan Gallet Sealife Organics Mauritius
Tafadzwanashe Gavi Umojalands Kapital Zimbabwe

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