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THRIVE Africa Challenge Wrap Up and Winners!

THRIVE Africa Challenge was a phenomenal success! Nine African innovators took to the stage and presented their impressive technology solutions to the global audience and a team of stellar judges. 

Jessica Lapenn, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, officially opened the event, and we had special appearances by Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Thomas Debass and Elizabeth Liu from the U.S. State Department; and Fily Keita, Founder & CEO of Agrowomen.

A total of three awards were presented – the “Female Founder Award” went to Nneile Nkholise of 3DIMO, the “People’s Choice Award,” went to Mamlaka Foods, and the main award of the day, the “THRIVE Africa Challenge Award,” was presented to Foodlocker.

Congratulations to all the winners!


FOODLOCKER: Foodlocker supplies farm produce and consumer goods to large buyers by using data science and demand-matching technologies to enable smallholder farmers to produce against certain demand and to upscale their productivity. 


MAMLAKA FOODS: Mamlaka seeks to eliminate inefficiencies in the supply of fresh produce by leveraging end-to-end technology along the supply chain to ensure better quality produce and better pricing for farmers and consumers.


The Female Founder Award went to Nneile Nkholise, Co-Founder & CEO of 3DIMO. Nneile was recognized as the top female innovator in Africa by the World Economic Forum and successfully exited a tech company in 2018.  3DIMO provides livestock biometric identification to track and trace health abnormalities in animals using IR imagery and AI.