Agri Acceleration Hub

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Agri Acceleration Hub

Funding Requested

$150,000 USD

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Overview

AfroValley addresses the barriers to innovation in Africa, particularly the lack of an innovation culture, gaps in sector-specific knowledge, and insufficient soft skills, with a primary focus on agriculture. It seeks to bridge the gap between academic research and commercialization, providing practical training to prepare youth for the workforce, fostering inclusive economic growth, and reducing unemployment. This phase of the project targets the agricultural sector to enhance global food sustainability and productivity. Agriculture is crucial for Ethiopian households, significantly contributing to the national GDP and being the primary livelihood for most families.

Proposal Description

How Our Project Will Contribute To The Growth Of The Decentralized AI Platform

The project aims to boost AI platform growth by:

  1. AI training to address agriculture supply chain challenges 

  2.  Supporting AI startups to address agriculture supply chain challenges 

  3.  Assisting in commercializing AI research to address agriculture supply chain challenges 

  4. Engaging industries to promote AI agri startups.

  5. Facilitating collaboration to address challenges.

  6. Creating quality jobs with AI.

  7. Leapfrogging the workforce into the AI era, ensuring competitiveness in the digital landscape.

Our Team

The team is sector oriented ,diverse expertise both soft and hard skills

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AI services (New or Existing)

Image Retrieval

How it will be used

The phase aims to accelerate pre existing projects mainly research commercialization for Coffee quality Grading Scheme where sensory and visual will be utilized to assess a coffee grade quality in terms of flavor and taste. we will utilize all image screening analysis and matching with defined criterial along with sensory inputs to determine farmers coffee quality harvest and processing. Coffee the second traded Commodity in the world.

Image Segmentation

How it will be used

The phase aims to accelerate pre existing projects mainly research commercialization for Coffee quality Grading Scheme where sensory and visual will be utilized to assess a coffee grade quality in terms of flavor and taste. we will utilize all image screening segmentation ad analysis for matching with defined criterial along with sensory inputs to determine farmers coffee quality harvest and processing. Coffee the second traded Commodity in the world.

Market Trends

How it will be used

This service type will be utilized for an existing project of Coffee pricing for farmers that requires acceleration. The project aims to utilize this service to analyze market trends with farmers wish list to pre determine or propose appropriate pricing for farmers to use when they trade with the market.

Image Retrieval

How it will be used

The phase aims to accelerate pre existing projects mainly research commercialization for Coffee quality Grading Scheme where sensory and visual will be utilized to assess a coffee grade quality in terms of flavor and taste. we will utilize all image screening segmentation ad comparison for matching with defined criterial along with sensory inputs to determine farmers coffee quality harvest and processing. Coffee the second traded Commodity in the world.

Image Matching Service

How it will be used

The phase aims to accelerate pre existing projects mainly research commercialization for Coffee quality Grading Scheme where sensory and visual will be utilized to assess a coffee grade quality in terms of flavor and taste. we will utilize all image screening segmentation ad comparison for matching with defined criterial along with sensory inputs to determine farmers coffee quality harvest and processing. Coffee the second traded Commodity in the world.

Sensory segmentation and matching

Type

New AI service

Purpose

The phase aims to accelerate pre existing projects mainly research commercialization for Coffee quality Grading Scheme where sensory and visual will be utilized to assess a coffee grade quality in terms of flavor and taste. We will utilize IoT devices to collect coffee varieties flavor and taste and develop an AI service as well as train it in order to facilitate Coffee Grading scheme. This will give farmers the upper hand on pricing as it will give unbiased judgment of coffee grades.

AI inputs

Coffee Flavor Coffee Taste per coffee varieties

AI outputs

Flavor type Taste type per coffee varieties

Company Name (if applicable)

Afrovalley

The core problem we are aiming to solve

  • Entrepreneurs feel institutes neglect teaching entrepreneurship, with low percentages in both primary/secondary schools (14%) and colleges/universities (25%). 

  • Limited entrepreneurship management skills among entrepreneurs, statistics shows that the number of youth that believe they have the soft skills to manage firms ranges  from 9% in South Africa to 23% in Kenya.

  • Middle childhood's importance in developing cognitive skills and personality traits crucial for innovation culture.

  • Societal values learned during middle childhood influence innovation culture.

  • Presence of more "Drug/Chat Houses" than incubation centers in Ethiopia , contributing to youth mental health issues and unproductivity.

  • Lack of coordination among sectors, industries, private sector, and rural youth to address job creation and youth engagement for self-reliance through entrepreneurship.

  • The Ethiopia Agriculture sector is still preemptive and uses mechanisms that's from stone ages while its primary income of population and feed to global consumers.

Our specific solution to this problem

The project targets boosting awareness in Higher Education Institutions and middle schools by enrolling 60 incubates across two pilot centers in Ethiopia's in its first year. Priority goes to innovations targeting agriculture covering ideation, research, prototyping, and supporting startups from market entry to scaling-up. Effective mentoring, internally and through partnerships, is key. The program aims to nurture expertise, tailoring mentorship for the Ethiopian ecosystem, becoming a hub for technologies like AI, Blockchain, and IoT. AfroValley addresses infrastructure hurdles, providing solutions and workspace, including agri sector-specific prototypes and light Lab facilities. SeedFund program aims to finance agri startups and connects with investors. Shared services include digital hosting, IP management through blockchain as well as knowledge sharing. Plans involve launching 3-5 Hackathons, bootcamps, and Innovation Workshops yearly, with community outreach and agri sector-specific labs. Partnerships with Ericsson, Microsoft, Intel, and Google secure resources. Standard metrics will vet ideas, sourced from institutes and high schools, encouraging commercialization. Focus is on IP management, fostering tech knowledge, and tailored curriculum. Pitching sessions, meet-ups, and investor forums are organized, with incubate preparation and mentor assessment. Technical mentors are recruited based on specialty areas, with client recruitment incorporating initial assessments. 

Project details

The project will raise awareness in Higher Education Institutions and middle schools. In the first year, it aims to enroll 60 incubates in two pilot centers in Ethiopia. Enrollment will prioritize innovations in ideation, R&D, and prototype phases, extending support to startups, market, and scaling-up phases. Mentoring, both internally and through external partnerships, remains crucial. The program seeks to develop expertise and tailor mentorship programs for the African ecosystem. It aims to become a Knowledge hub for new technologies like AI, Blockchain, and IoT to propel the continent and Ethiopia into the 4th industrial revolution. Addressing infrastructure challenges, AfroValley aims to provide solutions directly or in collaboration with partners, including internet access and workspace strategies. Infrastructure will include sector mockups reflecting societal challenges and light Labs for data training. The platform will also focus on SeedFund Finance scheme program to engage startups while enhancing connections with investors. Shared services will offer digital hosting, intellectual property management, and knowledge through blockchain infrastructure. Delivery plans include launching 3-5 Hackathons, bootcamps, and Innovation Workshops per year, developing community outreach programs, and establishing sector-specific labs. Partnerships with companies like Ericsson, Microsoft, Intel, and Google will be forged to secure necessary facilities. The platform will adopt and modify standard metrics for vetting ideas, harvest ideas from institutes and high schools, and encourage researchers to commercialize outputs. It will strengthen IP management, develop a knowledge hub for new technologies, and create a curriculum catering to different venture stages. Regular pitching sessions, entrepreneurship meet-ups, and investor forums will be organized. Incubates will be prepared through pitching dry runs and individual training sessions. Mentors and coaches will be evaluated, and technical mentors recruited by specialty areas. Initial conversation assessments will be introduced in client recruitment.

Competition and USPs

Our USP from the competiton is as follows 

  • targeting the rural market
  • Integeration and collaboration with sector specfic industries( agriculture )
  • Exit criteria for ecosystem partcipants (employed, sustainable)

Needed resources

AI - Algorithm , senior developers

 

Revenue Sharing Model

Custom Model

Custom Description:

Revenue sharing model will be based on service charges that will be applied to premium clients . The premium clients are industries that would like to integrate with the start-up ecosystem, mature startups that are revenue generating and looking for support to scale up and integrate. 

 

Proposal Video

Placeholder for Spotlight Day Pitch-presentations. Video's will be added by the DF team when available.

  • Total Milestones

    3

  • Total Budget

    $150,000 USD

  • Last Updated

    20 May 2024

Milestone 1 - API Calls & Hostings

Description

This milestone represents the required reservation of 25% of your total requested budget for API calls or hosting costs. Because it is required we have prefilled it for you and it cannot be removed or adapted.

Deliverables

You can use this amount for payment of API calls on our platform. Use it to call other services or use it as a marketing instrument to have other parties try out your service. Alternatively you can use it to pay for hosting and computing costs.

Budget

$37,500 USD

Milestone 2 - Ecosystem and Lab Setup

Description

This milestone plays a key role in the establishment of the acceleration hub fostering relationship developing the ecosystem and environment to support the acceleration project within the Rural farming community. The lab as part of the acceleration hub will identify suitable places and procure necessary equipment to make it accessible to targeted audiences. It will engage key stakeholders negotiate and agree with partners to foster collaboration and support the acceleration hub initiative.

Deliverables

Identify key stakeholders such as government agencies industry associations universities and potential startup founders. Engage with stakeholders through interviews focus groups and networking events to gather insights and build relationships. Identify potential partners for collaboration such as corporations venture capitalists accelerators and NGOs. Initiate discussions and negotiations to formalize partnerships through agreements or MOUs. - Identify suitable locations for sector-specific labs based on accessibility infrastructure and community needs. - Procure necessary equipment and set up facilities for hands-on training and prototyping. - Design training programs tailored to the needs of local entrepreneurs and startups covering topics such as business development marketing and finance. - Develop course materials including presentations handouts and online resources. - Recruit and onboard qualified trainers and mentors to deliver the training programs. - Launch the training programs including orientation sessions and ongoing support for participants.

Budget

$60,000 USD

Milestone 3 - Accelerate Projects

Description

This milestone represents key stages in the operation of acceleration hubs focusing on building relationships developing resources and delivering valuable programs and services to support the local startup ecosystem. These milestones are designed to progressively build the foundation of the acceleration hubs and ensure their successful launch and operation of the hub.

Deliverables

Launch marketing campaigns to raise awareness about the acceleration hub and its services. Solicit project proposals from local entrepreneurs and startups. Select promising projects for incubation and provide them with seed funding mentorship and resources to accelerate their growth. Organize community events workshops and meetups to foster networking and knowledge sharing.

Budget

$52,500 USD

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    Gombilla
    Jun 3, 2024 | 5:08 PM

    I see that one area of here concern may be the long-term sustainability of the Agri Acceleration Hub. While the initial focus on agriculture and partnerships with organizations like Ericsson, Microsoft, Intel, and Google provide a strong foundation, ensuring ongoing funding and support will be essential for the hub's continued operation and impact. Additionally, building and maintaining infrastructure, such as agri sector-specific prototypes and light Lab facilities, may require significant resources and ongoing investment  

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    Tu Nguyen
    May 23, 2024 | 9:50 AM

    Overall

    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 4
    Agri Acceleration Hub

    This proposal solves a lot of problems. According to the content in the proposal, they solve 7 major problems. Overall, they address barriers to innovation in Africa, especially the lack of culture of innovation, industry-specific knowledge gaps and lack of soft skills, with a key focus on agriculture. Karma. In the solution section, they also share quite a bit of information. Overall, they address infrastructure barriers, providing solutions and workspaces, including agriculture-specific prototypes. Hopefully the solutions of this proposal will help the agricultural sector in Ethiopia and Africa grow more and more.
    In the overview section, they should introduce their team in more detail. They should also share members' social media links. Additionally, they should identify the start and end dates of each milestone. And they should break down the budget further based on milestones.

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    CLEMENT
    Jun 3, 2024 | 5:12 PM

    Overall

    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 4
    bridges the gap btw research and commercialization

    I believe that this has the potential to significantly impact the agricultural sector in Ethiopia by bridging the gap between academic research and commercialization, fostering innovation, and reducing unemployment. By providing practical training, mentorship, and resources to support agri startups, this hub can drive inclusive economic growth and enhance global food sustainability and productivity. Great job !

    Specifically, this project contributes to the SNET AI community by creating a hub for technologies like AI, Blockchain, and IoT within the agricultural sector. By nurturing expertise and fostering innovation in these areas, the hub not only addresses specific challenges in the agricultural sector but also creates opportunities for the integration of AI technology to solve complex problems and drive positive change.

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