mLab Joined Forces With Dept Of Science And Innovation (DSI) And CSIR To Launch Agritourza Limpopo Innovation Platform.

By Jenna Delport

mLab Has Joined Forces With The Department Of Science And Innovation (DSI) And The Council For Scientific And Industrial Research (CSIR) To Launch The Agritourza Limpopo Innovation Platform. This initiative is expected to provide a space for 20 local pioneers to showcase their startups, attract investment and foster a community of innovation. These participants — who were announced by mLab on Tuesday, 4 May 2021, include;

  1. Nosetsa
  2. Drone Eye Technology
  3. Cracking Star technologies.
  4. Pedology Smart Sensor
  5. IncHub Polokwane (Pty)Ltd
  6. Farmers Assistant
  7. Farmru
  8. Abiri Innovations
  9. Riverside Tech solutions
  10. The Golden Pathway Investments
  11. Dibjalo Solutions
  12. CODECS
  13. Innovationists
  14. Agri-tech
  15. Easy Farming
  16. PhathuR Holdings
  17. Mangau Animal Feeds
  18. Software Fanatics
  19. Mudumela Tshilimandila industries
  20. ML Data Systems Cc

The AgritourZA Limpopo Innovation Platform will push these teams of talented innovators, researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs and designers to form a sustainable, tech-centred agriculture and tourism ecosystem in Limpopo, South Africa. Top-performing participants will become finalists in the AgriTourZA Startup Accelerator Programme and have the opportunity to see their visions become real-world solutions that benefit their communities.

Four of the twenty finalists will then be selected to receive early-stage capital and support in the amount of R125 000 each. They will also be equipped with the technical, business and soft skills to see their ideas manifest from mind to market while also receiving close mentoring from mLab to further develop, realise and implement their solutions.

“No one is better positioned to solve the region’s unique challenges and seize its opportunities than its local youth,” says Palesa Antony, mLab provincial coordinator. “Not only do they have unique insight into the environment, but they have the drive and motivation to see their province benefit from technology-lead prosperity.” mLab, DSI and CSIR intend to use this project to engage the community, build relationships and encourage networking — ultimately unlock the potential of mobile AgriTech and TravelTech in the Limpopo Province.

Creating Employment for 6 African Developers

6 highly-skilled mLab Limpopo Academy alumnus has also been selected to help develop the Minimum Viable Products (MVP), a digital solution for Agri-tech and travel-Tech for all startups with the aim of demonstrating its market viability and potential to solve socio-economic challenges. Namely; Letsoalo Antonia, Kgotso Moyahabo Matotoka, Mokgadi Ngoasheng, Kenneth Ranthutje Chuenyana, Lethabo Lekoloane, Moloto Jansen Malema. They will be led by an African Female Scrum Master.

This news was originally published at IT News Africa.