The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation are pleased to announce the 25 teams receiving Finalist prizes for the Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech.
The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation are pleased to announce the 25 teams receiving Finalist prizes for the Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech.

The Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech

The inaugural Milken-Motsepe Prize focuses on accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2: no poverty and zero hunger. The Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech is a global competition for innovative solutions to increase economic value to farmers, from seed to sale.

Registration is free and open to anyone, with a $1 million grand prize available for the winning team, and $1 million in additional prizes.

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Sixty percent of the African population is employed in agriculture, with more than 80% of all output produced by small-scale farms.
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Agricultural productivity growth in Africa is about half that seen in other developing economies.
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Up to 40% of food produced by smallholder farmers in Africa is lost between harvest and consumption.

How to Win

Registration for the AgriTech Prize is free and open to anyone, anywhere. 

Competition Rounds

Awards

Winning teams will increase net economic value to small and medium-sized farms by:

The winning team will receive a $1 million grand prize, with $1 million in additional prizes.

The Judges

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Wambui Chege​

Board Director, Independent Consultant

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Dr. Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg

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Tracey McCabe

Tracey McCabe

President & CEO, Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation
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Dr. Richard Mkandawire

Director, Alliance for African Partnership, Michigan State University

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Isis-Nyong'o-Madison
Isis Nyong’o Madison

Principal, Asphalt & Ink

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Prize Timeline

Milken-Motsepe Agritech Prize timeline

Prize Benefits

Many entrepreneurs lack the information and tools they need to bring their invention to life. In addition to the chance to win cash prizes, the Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize program provides a rich set of opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Online Community

Simply complete the free prize registration process and you will join an online community of other entrepreneurs. The prize portal will give you access to:

Certificate Program

Finalist teams will receive a tuition-free, experiential learning program powered by Stanford Online’s Idea to Market curriculum. Upon completion of the program, teams will receive a Certificate of Completion:

Alumni Network

Winning teams will join the Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize Program alumni network following prize completion, with access to: