Microsoft Sterling Bank, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and TedPrime Hub announce the ten winners of the digital solutions at the Microsoft Agro-Tech Hackaton in Nigeria. The winners were from Benue, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo Sokoto, and Abuja states. Sell Harvest, Farmsquare, and Farmers’ Market are the top three winning digital solutions that received N2.5 million, N1.5 million, and N1 million, respectively, offered by Sterling Bank. The bank also approved an additional N3,150,000 to provide the remaining top seven finalists with exclusive access to NITDA-Deployed IT Hubs across the country, including the National Centre for AI & Robotics in Abuja and NITDA-coordinated post-Hackathon programs for start-ups.
The National Hackathon was created to design digital solutions that boost the value chain in agriculture and connect farmers to users for ten years. Microsoft aims to support Africa’s youth and potential by developing more than 40,000 homegrown start-ups in critical sectors. It plans to invite innovative youth to the exclusive Microsoft Global Entrepreneurship Programme to enhance their skills and contribute to developing their respective countries and Africa. Sterling Bank PLC is also aiming for national development, besides its primary banking services, through one of its five pillars, a digital transformation framework.