Nigerian biotech startup Coating+ pitched the innovative solution to the 2018 Thought For Food Summit judges, and brought the team to victory taking home $10,000.
The startup, which was founded by a group of Biochemisty masters students at the University of Ilorin, provides safe coating for plants and vegetables that elongates their shelf life, preserves nutrient quality, and enables post-harvest food storage.
Kenyan team Safi Organics that was founded by Joyce Kamande, Kevin Kung and Samuel Rigu won the Runner-Up Prize of $5,000 USD. The three have developed a decentralized organic fertilizer production system and proprietary biochar formula that increases yields by up to 30% while correcting soil acidity.
The annual Thought For Food (TFF) Challenge is a global “collaborative competition” to launch promising new ideas that address how we will feed and nourish our growing global population. To date, TFF has catalyzed the creation of 40 new social-impact startups in key areas like nutrition, synthetic biology, vertical farming, logistics, new proteins, big data and appropriate tech for smallholders.
The Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation announced the winning teams of its annual global competition, the Thought For Food Challenge, which were announced on July 27th at the TFF Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: