Agrihype, a boutique agricultural platform has been adjudged winners of a youth pitch contest organised by the Association of Ghana Industries, in collaboration with the Ho Node Hub.
The Agrihype platform provides support services for companies in the agric sector with focus on highlighting the works and exploits of organisations within the agricultural value chain.
The event, which took place at the GNAT Hall in Ho and the first edition as part of activities lined up for the ongoing Volta Trade and Investment Fair in Ho, saw 30 applicants who were shortlisted to eight for the event.
Mr Courage Asase, the Managing Director of the Ho Node Hub, who coordinated the event, said his group provided all the ingredients young innovators needed to build successful ventures in making them ready for the future of work.
“With expertise in photography and videography, we are brand champions for farms and agribusinesses.
“The event also provides the knowledge on how to create a sustained start-up culture in Volta,” he added.
He also disclosed to the Ghana News Agency that, the event was meant to create a platform for young ones to exhibit and pitch their innovative ideas in areas such as Agri-Tech, Tourism and Hospitality, E-Commerce, E-Health, among others.
Three groups, namely; Agrihype, WasteMan, and Volta Market Online have made it to the top of the contest, where Agrihype, also a video documentary storytelling group, was given the ultimate price with a cash of GHS 13.000.00 followed by Wasteman as the first runner-up, and Volta Market Online taking the second runner-up positions with each receiving GHS 12,000.00 and GHS 11,000.00 respectively.
Each winner stands a chance of participating in the upcoming incubator programme in March next year in the Volta Region.
Joyce Asumanu, the Business Development Head at Agrihype, said it was their dream to boost their activities into bigger perspectives, adding “the incubator programme would help in that regard.”
The participating groups were evaluated during a panel discussion session by a panel of judges namely, Mr Mawuko Dzamesi, a senior product owner at Jumo Ghana, Zakaria Ziblim, Zonal Manager, Exim Bank, Eastern, Volta, and Oti regions, Mr Chris Amponsah Sackey, the Volta Regional Director of the Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA), and Mr Courage Asase, Director of the Ho Node Hub.
Mr Amponsah Sackey, on his part, said the GEPA did not focus on products alone, but had the interest in the export of services.
He said their outfit would continue to support and collaborate with any brilliant ideas from any group for start-up purposes.
“We are to encourage and direct these groups to know where they could get opportunities for support.”
Mr Dela Gadzanku, Chairman of the Eastern, Volta, and Oti Regions of the AGI, was impressed with the exercise, saying it would be sustained in subsequent events.