The Seedstars World Summit 2016 was a colorful and exciting event filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions and specialized workshops and meeting with the best minds from the fast growing startup scenes all over the world, where growth takes place because we are an emerging market.

It was a week long adventure consisting of a boot camp, an investor forum and an international conference that concludes with a crowned winner after a pitching session among startups to key entrepreneurs, investors and corporate.

Our vision is to see smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa be able to access affordable modern farming technologies so as to improve their productivity and incomes. This is the sole reason why we went to represent Kenya at the Seedstars World Summit 2016 because we were able to share our vision with Seedstars who believed in us and were able to award us with the amazing opportunity.

We got to attend mentorship sessions where knowledge was shared among the mentees and entrepreneurs and ways of gearing up the start ups while dealing with emerging issues as they grew. Impressively we interacted with investors across Europe with a huge interest to invest in Africa and these are the discussions we will be taking forward to ensure we access and close as much capital as we may need before our round deadline in August 2016.

We would also like to pass our congratulatory message to Giraffe, a South African startup that emerged this year’s winner of Seedstars World. Giraffe is a mobile application that on one hand enables businesses to hire medium skilled staff faster and cheaper than any other recruitment network and that on the other hand connects job seekers to these opportunities through their cell phone. There couldn’t be any other moment than now to indeed prove that African startups are truly on the rise. All the best Giraffe.

Now it’s upon us, as Illuminum Greenhouses Kenya to implement and share the knowledge as we reach out to our people and work towards our mission to impact many small holder farmers positively. Our vision has never been more clear than it is now.