Every entrepreneur wants to see their company being named as the most innovative African startup.
It’s a great feeling and comes with benefits too.
What is the best place than to be recognised as Africa’s best startup at VivaTech?
VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation.
It also breaks down the traditional barriers between grassroots innovators and global leaders.
Today, South African-based agritech startup Aerobotics was named the most innovative African startup at VivaTech 2019.
“We’re extremely excited to name Aerobotics our leading startup for AfricArena and are proud to be associated with the fast developing agritech company that is making a global impact on farm production,” says Christophe Viarnaud, AfricArena CEO.
“We look forward to Aerobotics’ mission to help shape the future of farming through their AI and crop monitoring software and seeing their success unfold more than ever before.”
Recognising that technology is revolutionising Africa, VivaTech featured, for the second time, a dedicated Afric@Tech section – showcasing 50 African startups from four key sectors, among them the ten startups making up the AfricArena delegation.
This year proved another success for tech innovation from the continent of Africa.
“The VivaTech 2019 journey has been an amazing venture”, says Tim Willis, Aerobotics’ COO.
“Since our 2018 involvement with AfricArena, the accelerator has provided key opportunities to expand our networks, particularly in Europe. Our shared vision to scale African tech into global markets strongly aligns with our expansion plans. The positive uptake abroad of our product is proof that African tech is world class.”
Aerobotics is an artificial intelligence agritech start-up specialising in tree crop pest and disease monitoring processes using aerial data and AI software.
While headquartered in Cape Town, they are serving clients in more than 18 countries. Aerobotics recently expanded its series funding round from $2 million to $4 million.
“Going into a second consecutive year with the AfricArena VivaTech Challenge, we are excited at the prospects of another year of their successful partnership,” says Willis.
“We’ve worked hard to gain the trust of more than a thousand farmers in ten countries and this opportunity is giving us a chance to extend our market expansion strategy to France and USA.”
AfricArena is anchored and endorsed by major international sponsors BNP Paribas, La French Tech, Silicon Cape, Vinci Energies, AirFrance KLM, Engie, Sanofi, Saint-Gobain, Methys, City of Cape Town, Proparco, RCS, and Leroy Merlin.
Africa is the future and African tech is where to invest right now. AfricArena offers the ideal deal-making platform where corporates, angels, VCs and CVCs, incubators/accelerators and entrepreneurs can join forces for the good of innovation and the growth of the African tech ecosystem.
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