TIFAT, an AgriTech startup from Uganda that connects farmers to a buyer’s marketplace, has been announced as the winner of the DEMO Africa Uganda Innovation Tour. The event took place at Hive Collab in Kampala, Uganda and saw 30 startups pitching their various solutions.

The judging panel invluded Dustyn Winder from Prehype VC, Patrick Ngolube from Hive Collab and Kenneth Legesi from the Kampala Angel Investors Network (KAIN).

“Every year we get very talented teams pitching their products and services, and the Ugandan turn up has amicably proved how the Ugandan Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem is maturing and entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative ways to tackle everyday challenges,” said Harry Hare of DEMO Africa.

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship startup initiatives by Lions@frica. One of its main aims that to connect Afrikan startups to the global startup ecosystem. Every year, the DEMO Africa stage is known for presenting a platform for some of the most innovative startups across Afrika to launch their products and services.

“TIFAT has been providing post-harvest loss reduction knowledge and creating market opportunities for thousands in Uganda. We support the beneficiaries of our technology with real time and forecasted market information to both farmers and buyers for informed decision making and planning,” said Francis Nsanga of TIFAT.

DEMO Africa organizers have indicated that TIFAT will now proceed to compete with the winners of the DEMO Africa Innovation Tours of Kenya and Rwanda where the judging panel will select a regional representative for East Afrika launch event to be held in Morocco on 18 and 19 October 2018. The successful startups in each region will automatically qualify to be part of the pool of 30 where the successful Startups will be provided with resources worth over US$150,000 including US$120,000 software tools from Microsoft and USD$15 000 from AWS that to help them build and grow their businesses.

Application for selection to the 2018 DEMO Africa cohort close on 15 July 2018.