2018 Alumni Spotlight: Lentera

At the Transform Africa Summit, hosted by Smart Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on May 14, Lentera Africa was awarded the Afric’up Summit 2019 startup of the year after winning the finals of the pitch competition. The company graduated from the Land Accelerator in 2018.

The Afric’up Summit aims to support the emergence of future African champions by promoting their skills, creativity and success stories. Tunisia put on this event to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and the talents of Africans to the world.  

Lentera Africa is a Kenyan agritech startup that enables farmers to increase their productivity through aerospace technology. Using satellite imaging, drones and ground-based sensors, farmers receive alerts via SMS and a mobile app with practical insights that tell them when to plant, when to irrigate and when to scout for pests and diseases.

Using predictive algorithms, farmers are better able to adapt to changing climatic conditions and increase their chances for success. Lentera is also one of the 10 startups selected by Airbus to join the Bizlab, an aerospace accelerator program.

“We are deeply honored to have won the Afric’up Pitch competition. This is a win for all innovators working to solve important challenges, such as zero hunger and improved health outcomes,” said Lentera founder Moses Kimani. “I’m particularly delighted that the kind of technology we are deploying at Lentera brings innovation and excitement back to the African farmer and puts food security at the forefront of the digital economy in Africa.”

Rema, a medtech startup from Benin, and Kamix, a fintech startup from Cameroon, won second and third place, respectively.