Kenyan startup Taimba, has emerged as one of the three winners of the 2018 Food+City Challenge Prize at the recent SXSW event.

The agri-tech startup, Taimba which connects farmers to retailers, took home US$10,000 as prize in cash.

The other two winners were agricultural systems designer “Aggressively Organic” and remote sensing solution “UAV-IQ”, both from the United States (US).

According to the organizers, they look forward to keeping up with the progress of each company and supporting them in any way possible.

Although only three companies could take home the prize, the real value of the competition was in the connections made among their peers, mentors, judges and investors.

The Food+City Challenge Prize is an international competition among business startups encouraging innovation in the urban food system.

For the first time, the Food+ City Challenge Prize was included in the SXSW programming.

After receiving almost 100 applications from 14 countries, 14 startup finalists were invited to pitch their food logistics solution at the event in Austin to deliver their pitch and receive feedback from a panel of Food+City coaches to further refine their value propositions.

Three startups were named overall winners, taking home US$10,000 each in funding, including Kenyan agri-tech startup Taimba, a business-to-business (B2B) mobile-based cashless platform that connects farmers to retailers, cutting wastage and making agricultural products affordable without undercutting the farmer.