SVG Ventures – THRIVE Africa Challenge

The THRIVE Africa Challenge, was set up by Silicon Valley Global (SVG) Ventures, a firm that invests in early-stage technology companies, to solve the problems of the African agrifood industry, accelerate the development of the ecosystem, and select the best startups and scale-ups for investment and global recognition.

The THRIVE Africa Challenge seeks innovative solutions specifically designed for the African agrifood industry.


SVG Ventures will select the best startups and scale-ups for investment. The winner will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Recognition Award: THRIVE Africa Challenge Award
  • Silicon Valley Startup Bootcamp (Summer 2021) for max. 2 founders, conducted by THRIVE (US$ 15k value total, including travel, food, and accommodations)
  • Invitation to pitch at the THRIVE VII Accelerator Finals. Selected companies receive investment and the opportunity to pitch at THRIVE|Forbes Demo Day 2021 in Salinas, CA, USA
  • Recognition by SVG THRIVE
  • Automatic acceptance as a Samsung XTC Finalist
  • Benefits for Entrepreneurs
  • Promote innovation and recognize the most promising agrifood companies in Africa.
  • Exposure to local & international investors and organizations
  • Acceleration and attraction of the agrifood innovation ecosystem to the continent, bringing together key organizations
  • The winning company qualifies for the finals of the THRIVE Accelerator program
  • An announcement in THRIVE social media, website and newsletter


To be eligible for the Thrive Africa Challenge, startups should be Seed to Series A with technologies focused in the following areas:

  • Software
  • Food safety
  • Indoor farming
  • Biotechnology
  • Farm management
  • Sensing and IoT
  • Animal health and livestock
  • Robotics and automation
  • Innovative food (ingredient innovation)
  • Big data and predictive analytics
  • Supply chain management and traceability
  • Packaging and freshness solutions

The challenge is open to agrifood companies in Africa.

How to Apply

To be selected for investment and global recognition, apply via


The application deadline is Friday 20th November 2020 11:59 PDT.

For more information please visit their website