Celebrating Innovation: Announcing the Victors of the 2023 MEDA and D-Prize Pitch Competition! 

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived! After an inspiring display of entrepreneurial spirit and innovative solutions, it’s time to unveil the winners of the 2023 MEDA and D-Prize Pitch Competition. The competition was inspiring, the ideas were unique, and the impact potential was unparalleled. Without further ado, let’s celebrate the remarkable achievements of these visionary teams. 

AgriEn: Grand Prize Winner of $10,000 

A resounding round of applause goes to AgriEn Network for claiming the grand prize of $10,000! Their commitment to transforming smallholder farming in Zambia stood out, and their innovative approach won the hearts of our esteemed judges. AgriEn’s comprehensive strategy and impactful results truly embody the spirit of the competition, driving sustainable change in Agri-Food systems. 

Raitagyana: People’s Choice Award Winner 

In addition to the remarkable success of AgriEn, we’re thrilled to announce Raitagyana as the recipient of the People’s Choice Award! Their mission to create a sustainable food supply chain in rural India resonated deeply with our audience. Their holistic and community-centered approach garnered overwhelming support and admiration, setting them apart through their unique approach and making them a favorite among our attendees. 

The Other Outstanding Winners

While the competition was keen, the quality of innovation from all finalists was exceptional. We’re delighted to award $5,000 to each of the three outstanding teams. This was made possible through the generosity of the RBJ Schlegel family, who after hearing each team’s remarkable pitches announced that each company had earned the opportunity to further their business ideas with the support of the prize money!  

Take a look at our other esteemed winners: 

Village Solar in Malawi, with its visionary approach to providing accessible electricity for rural farmers is leading the charge in transforming the smallholder farming landscape. Their mission is to improve farmers’ productivity and livelihoods by addressing critical challenges and they have gained great respect. 

Ibukia Shambani in Tanzania is dedicated to improving and transforming the lives of rural smallholder farmers. Their comprehensive approach tackles the entire Agri-Food market system to increase productivity and enhance food security is noteworthy! 

Each of these teams showcased incredible dedication, innovation, and potential for impactful change. 

Gratitude and Beyond

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants, judges, attendees, and the RBJ Schlegel family who made this year’s competition a resounding success. Our contestant’s passion for innovation and commitment to driving positive change inspires us all. As we celebrate the winners, we also honor the spirit of entrepreneurship and the pursuit of a better, more sustainable world. 

Congratulations to AgriEn for the grand victory and to Raitagyana for capturing the hearts of the audience. Their contributions to Agri-Food innovation are invaluable, and we can’t wait to see the continued impact of their visionary endeavors. Here’s to a future driven by innovation, compassion, and sustainable progress! 



  • MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)

    MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

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