We Farm, a startup based at the Nairobi Garage, that connects farmers in rural Africa and Latin America to vital agricultural information, recently won the ‘Disrupted by Mobile’ category at the 4YFN Awards, the world’s largest start-up competition for mobile technologies.
Kenny Ewan, co-founder and CEO of WeFarm, said: “Winning the Disrupted by Mobile pitching completion at 4YFN is one of my proudest moments. Pitching alongside seven of the best mobile startups in the world, and winning, shows that people are recognising both our model, and the massive social and commercial opportunities we’re building. The journey from one to 150,000 users has been incredible, and this gives us the chance to show WeFarm to the world.”
WeFarm is a free peer-to-peer service that uses machine learning algorithms to connect small-scale farmers in rural Africa and Latin America to vital agricultural information. Farmers can share questions, insights, and low-cost innovations with each other globally — in minutes — and without needing an internet connection. WeFarm can then aggregate unique agricultural data and offer businesses insight into improving their supply chains, sustainability efforts and relationships with their farmers.
The company has reached over 147,000 users in an industry where less than 0.1% of mobile apps ever reach even half that number, and has secured GBP 1.3 million in seed funding in a round led by LocalGlobe.
Since its founding in 2015, WeFarm has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award (2014), the MEFFYS Award for Innovation in Technology (2015), the Messaging and SMS World Awards’ Best SMS Solution (2015), Business Rocks’ Global Startup Pitch Battle (2016), Chivas Regal’s The Venture Competition’s UK prize, and 2nd place in their Global final (2016), and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe Prize (2016).
WeFarm is a beloved member of the Nairobi Garage, and based at our office on Ngong Road. WeFarm has grown from our shared co-working spaces in Nairobi, we are really proud of their work and glad to see them growing and gaining.
You might remember this story about WeFarm expanding to Nakuru.