GreenTec startups ARED and AgroCenta selected as finalists in the ICT for Social Good grant competition

on 09 August 2017
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Milan (Italy), September 2017.  GreenTec Capital Partners is very proud to announce that our startups ARED and AgroCenta have been selected as finalists for the ICT for Social Good grant competition. The two companies are among 25 finalists from around the globe competing for two grants of 10,000 and 12,000 Euros.

The ICT for Social Good competition is organised by Ong 2.0 with the strategic and financial support of Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia di San Paolo in collaboration with Fondazione Mission Bambini within the framework of “Innovazione per lo Sviluppo.” The grants are focused on supporting creative and innovative ideas using digital technology for positive social change. ARED applied in support of its newly developed Mobile Shiriki Hub, which uses renewable energy to power a distributed proximity network to deliver wifi connectivity and key services for African mobile device users. AgroCenta applied for their innovative suite of services aimed at empowering rural farmers through technologically assisted market linkages. Both startups embody the ICT for Social Good's criteria of local, technological solutions with positive impacts. 

Our startups, ARED and AgroCenta, were selected from 233 innovative projects from 57 countries around the world, including extensive representation of African startups. Of the 25 finalists from 16 countries, 20 were from the African continent. Of the remaining projects, two are from India, one is from Bosnia Herzegovina, one from Cambodia, and one from Colombia. Nearly 40%, or 9 out of 25, of the finalist projects were presented by women, resulting in good female representation. The issues addressed most commonly by the applicants were agriculture and health, as well as themes of education and of participation in political and public life. Seven of the finalists tackled child-related issues. GreenTec is inspired to see such strong and inclusive African representation among the finalists.

The winners will be selected by the ICT for Social Good Scientific Committee composed of representatives of SocialFare, Fundacion Paraguaya, Moxoff, E4impact and Nesta. The projects will be evaluated on innovation both with respect to technology as well as methodology and approach to the problems they are addressing. The winners will be announced at the end of September, with the official awards being presented at the Open Days of Innovation, on November 6th and 7th, 2017, in Milan, Italy. We are very proud of the recognition of our startups as finalists and wish all of the finalists great success with their ventures. To see the full list of finalists please visit Ong 2.0's website with the link provided below.