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Kenyan enterprises feted at the 11th Sankalp Africa Awards



Two Kenyan enterprises have claimed the top two spots at the Sankalp Africa Awards 2024 during the 11th Sankalp Africa Summit 2024.

Toothpick Company, an agri-enterprise firm from Kenya which focuses on reducing chemical pesticide use and improving safety, affordability and effectiveness was crowned the winner.

The firm which also supports the improvement of food security in the country has grown to become a player of repute in a $34 billion global synthetic chemical weed management industry.

“Winning this award is an opportunity for us to showcase an innovation which opens the eyes of the world to new styles of weed management. We are proud of our strong ability to work with farmers on the ground, enabling us to move from a super high-tech innovation to actually delivering for Kenyan farmers, and African farmers as a whole,” said Claire Sands-Baker, Toothpick Company CEO.

Keep IT Cool which is also agri-enterprise company from Kenya providing proximate refrigerated cooling boxes and transport to underserved smallholder fishermen and fish farmers in East Africa also emerged as the 1st Runner Up.

The firm leverages end-to-end cold chain logistics solution while using technology to scale their business.

“We are thrilled to receive the 1st runner-up prize at the Sankalp Africa Awards and it is satisfying to have our efforts be acknowledged by experts in the industry. The win encourages us to continue with our impactful work in the food and nutrition industry,” said Francis Nderitu, Keep IT Cool Founder and Managing Director.

Ghana’s MedTrack which centralizes access to patient information by linking it to national biometric IDs, easing the process of transfer of health data across multiple care points by patients and health providers, thereby proving yet again that health and tech when blended makes for a great impact story emerged as the 2nd Runner Up.

Other winners include Uganda’s Agrosahas International Private Ltd which won the Ecosystem Awar. The agri-enterprise firm aids 10,000 Ugandan farmers through their proprietary tech-driven platform and provides beyond doubt that tech-driven ideas make for a transformative impact.

The summit focused around entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year the Summit engaged over 1,500 different stakeholders from across 60 countries in over 35 sessions featuring more than 200 speakers.

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