With the support of the SG Foundation, Pomona organized the AgTech Bootcamp in alliance with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.
According to our methodology, bootcamps are intensive short programs in which we work with early stage entrepreneurs or even ventures that are still in the idea phase. In this program we do an initial evaluation of each participant’s business model, working with them to determine the market size and scalability of their initiative. We use Design Thinking tools to help the entrepreneur understand the value proposition, their target market, and how they can better reach their customer. The winners of the bootcamps then obtain entry into our incubation program, where they receive more focused training and support in order to further develop their products and prepare to launch them into the marketplace.
Julio Martínez – Pomona Impact
Project 1: MAB Labs
Entrepreneur: José Bagur
Working on the development of affordable weather stations to install and create a grid. Further on, they will sell the data obtained by the stations to farms and small producers in an easy-to-read format that will allow them to make important business decisions. They will also develop the software that will transform big data into easy-to-read information.
Project 2: Integrated technology solutions of agriculture
Entrepreneur: Andrea Mazariegos
Working with a multinational team on a project that plans to offer microbiological solutions to farms and at the same time offer the service of drone and satellite imaging to design the most efficient plan for the usage of the microbiological products.
Project 3: Efficient solar panels for use in rural areas
Entrepreneur: Jose Julio Aldana
Working on the creation of a malleable solar panel that doesn’t need a large space to be installed, therefore allowing smaller households and smallholder farmers to own their panel.
Project 4: Affordable lightbulb to simulate sunlight
Entrepreneur: Alejandro Pérez
Currently, only large-scale producers are able to pay for lamps that simulate sunlight, because they can only be used in greenhouses. Alejandro is working on a lightbulb with an amplifier that may allow smallholder farmers to use it in plantations that don’t have a greenhouse technology.
Project 5: Multiuse tool for agriculture
Entrepreneur: Layla Rojas
Land distribution is a big problem in our region. A lot of smallholder farmers depend on small plots of land for survival, and don’t have access to technology that would allow them to be more efficient in the management of larger plots of land, or plots of land spread out at a distance. They still have to use the basic tools: shovel, machete, etc, and the transportation of these tools is a difficult endeavor. Layla is working on developing a tool that would allow them to carry all the different tools they need at once.
Project 6: Water storage system for agriculture
Entrepreneur: Rony Baten (Team leader)
In the Western Highlands, water sources are scarce, and wells are expensive to build. Rony is leading a team of 3 entrepreneurs from the region that are addressing this problem. They plan to offer a package composed of deposits to capture rainwater, water irrigation system and hydrogel to capture water around the plants and make the water last longer during the dry season.