Farmerline CEO amongst Africa’s 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs
Every year since 2013, Forbes assembles a list of 30 incredible young entrepreneurs, all under the age of 35, who are making the most dramatic impact in business in Africa. The list was published on March 13, 2017 and Alloysius Attah was named as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa. Alloysius is Farmerline’s Co-Founder and CEO, and the Project leader of ARF-1 project “Water and weather monitoring services for cocoa farmers in Ghana”. In this project he works closely together with the consortium partners Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and GMet.
There’s a rising tide of entrepreneurship sweeping across Africa, and the youngsters are riding it vigorously. A growing number of young Africans are not just content waiting around for a proper career bump up the establishment ladder. No. Their ambitions are much more profound; They are setting out to write their own destinies – establishing remarkable enterprises that will transform Africa and reignite its economies. Across the African continent, a lot of achievers are making waves and contributing to economic growth through entrepreneurship.
Every year since 2013, Forbes has assembled a list of 30 incredible young entrepreneurs, all under the age of 35, who are making the most dramatic impact in business in Africa. This year’s entrepreneurs cut across manufacturing, media, tech, agriculture and fashion. They are impatient to change Africa and together, they represent the entrepreneurial, innovative and intellectual best of their generation.
Meet Alloysius Attah, one of these 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa
Alloysius Attah, 27, founded Farmerline, a Ghanaian software company and social enterprise, in 2013. With offices in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana, and a current full-time staff of 23, Farmerline builds technologies to connect rural customers to information, financial services, and supply chains, with an emphasis on smallholder farmers. Farmerline has developed multiple proprietary software that are used widely across different sectors. These include the Mergdata platform, a data analytics and insight solution, and PayTime, a credit scoring and lending app that uses alternative data sources for farmers with no credit history. The company also provides content messaging to deliver good agricultural practices, weather reports, and market information to farmers, reaching beyond barriers in language, literacy, and connectivity by offering information in local languages. Farmerline’s content messaging (voice and SMS), remote surveying and data collection services have been deployed across 5 countries by companies, NGOs, and governments. To date, Farmerline has reached over 200,000 users across West Africa. The recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 SEED Award and the Financial Times/IFC World Bank Group Transformational Business Award for Achievement in Information and Communication Technology, Farmerline plans to reach 1 million active users by 2020.
- Read the article in Forbes “30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2017” published on March 13, 2017.
- Read the blogpost on Farmerline’s website “Forbes names Farmerline CEO as one of Africa’s 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs” published on March 27, 2017.