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Makanatna Selected as Top Startup from EWC Chad

N’DJAMENA, CHAD – Makanatna, an agricultural machinery manufacturing startup, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in the capital city of Chad.

Idriss Abakar, founder of Makanatna, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries.

“The provision to farmers of low-cost agricultural machinery increases crop yields and their incomes. It also develops new businesses and promotes the development of an inclusive economy with a strong ability to reproduce from one region to another,” said Abakar.  “We want to reduce the hardship of farmers in terms of manual work, increase their productivity in time and allow their children to go to school rather than spend all their time working in the field.”

The startup is based on the invention and manufacture of agricultural machinery adapted to the real needs of rural populations. Its ambition is to develop agriculture with local competence, is to improve the quality of production by removing farmers from their precariousness.

Abakar will participate in an acceleration program which features virtual training and one-to-one mentoring with international mentors to prepare for the EWC Global Finals, which will be held in Riyadh on November 12-14, 2019.

Makanatna emerged victorious from a pool of 114 contestants – each receiving access to free virtual training services to help them take their venture to the next level.

Other finalists at EWC Chad included:

  • SistersDesign, a startup on beauty and wellness for women
  • Qefak a social site referencing shops, promoting products, and facilitating access to employment.
  • Bio Ted, providing young people with employment by creating activities in rural and urban areas by providing the opportunity  to the cultivation of cassava
  • Tamatimna, tomato sector products that meet hygienic standards and consumer needs with an affordable price accessible to all.

Judges for the competition were:

  • Elidje Judicael, Deputy Representative of UNFPA
  • Rachel Mbounda, Officer of UNFPA
  • Djibrine Hassane Lawane, CEO of CAHR Consulting

More than 102,000 contestants from 184 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from idea stage to growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.

EWC is an initiative led by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Misk Forum with support from a collection of a national and global partnerships,  including the Global Educational and Leadership Foundation and GSVlabs.

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