Ugandan tech firm Bureau Vente cruises to finals in Shs667m innovation showdown

Ugandan fintech Bureau Vente Limited (BVL) is among startups from across the globe that will pitch at the Demo Day of the Singapore Fintech Festival.

The event will run from Nov. 11-15.

The startup, which has developed a digital tracking solution for coffee farmers, recently competed at the Global Fintech Hackcelerator @ Kenya.

It emerged the best alongside Nairobi-based Kwara.

 

The competition was organized by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

The Hackcelerator was looking for a company with a “game-changing sustainable solution that explores the complex financial challenges in the Afro-Asian market today”.

Organizers of the Global Fintech Hackcelerator @Kenya say Bureau Vente now qualifies for “funding of up to S$200,000 (about Shs533 million) to develop a contextualized proof of concept”.

Aside from facing off to win funds, the startups that participated in the competition also received first-hand feedback from UN Task Force members, CBK and other industry leaders.

The top 3 winners at the Singapore Fintech Festival Demo Day will receive S$50,000 (Shs133m) each, bringing the total to 250,000 Singapore dollars (about Shs666 million).

If it wins, Bureau Vente will have a chance of expanding its business into Singapore and an “opportunity to work with high-value corporates, engage with industry experts and leverage on their expertise.”

BVL has built a digital traceability and sustainability platform (Mobile and Dashboard app) that tracks coffee from the farm gate to the point of export.

It is a brainchild of Bienfait Bitenyo, a Rwandan national living in Uganda.

In an interview with SautiTech, Bitenyo said that they are already in three countries: Uganda, the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

On average, they aggregate “13 metric tons of coffee every year through the 3 countries and my platform hosts data for 100k farmers plus and growing,” he said.

The companies that use the system Great Lakes Coffee Uganda, Rwanda Trading Company and Coffeelac in DRC.

They earn revenue through commissions.

Bitenyo works alongside Ibrahim Kezaala, who is a lead developer; Fred Bitenyo, the CTO; Marion Kamahoro, who handles systems security; and Arnold Magera, a data specialist.

[In the featured image is Bienfait Bitenyo, Bureau Vente CEO]

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