Explain your project in details:
Virtual farm will achieve her set objective by setting two green house hydroponic farm in every city in Nigeria, starting with calabar. Then build a website and app that is synchronised to our farms, such that when users sow their crops it is automatically sown in the farm.With our app, and website a user can monitor the progress of their crops. We reduce the cost of being a farmer to a virtual space, and the harvest is in form of a receipt, which specifies in weight the crop you have over the planting period, this is now harvested in our real farm closest to you. The average period is a month for our crops to be ready. Also we will partner with a telecommunication giant to offer SMS planting. For example a user can text REGISTER to a code say 1111 and then PLANT to same code then the cost deducted from his sim, and when its time same process applies. So instead of spending 500 naira to buy beans in market a user can rather buy the seed equivalent of that cost and in 3 weeks or 4, the customer has about 2000 naira worth of beans in his farm.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The impact of this enterprise will be measured on the following basis: 1Reduction of cost of food crops in local market by over 40% due to competition 2 More representation of youths and other demographic in the agriculture value chain directly and indirectly. 3 Food scarcity caused by lack of land, labour and lack of technical know how reduced 4 How much carbon is reduced yearly by our green house farm
Sustainability and future plans
Business model 1 sales of e-seeds 2 Direct sales of produce to food cafeterias, hotels etc 3 premium paid for nurturing seeds 4 Advert placed by agro and agro allied companies on our sites, due to the expected high traffic we will always have 5 Google AdSense Financing 1 Loan 2 Sale of equity 3 personal savings Plans for future growth To have one virtual farm in every city in Nigeria in the next 3years, and to have one virtual farm in every African state by year 2025
Your profile as an entrepreneur
am a young passionate entrepreneur, doing a bsc in chemistry from university of Calabar, and have a diploma in English from World English institute, with several entrepreneurship certification from African managers institute. My journey into entrepreneurship is as a result of two factors; my friends and my passion. I have been a debater from my hundred level, and there I met proactive and progressive thinking minds, who were so outraged with the situation of things in our country and we engaged ourselves talking about this issues. But for me there was something beyond just talking and that was entrepreneurship for me, the place of bringing solutions to the identified issues. Also my passion played a major role, I have always been proactive to issues and this had made me to start risky and demanding life endeavors and I realised that entrepreneurship needed such virtue. My achievements have majorly revolved around writing, leadership and entrepreneurship. I was among the pioneer winner of the Calabar essay contest, and recently won the second prize position in the intellectual expression essay and speaking contest 2016. I was awarded the most loyal leader in passion for souls 2016. And I was chosen as a Microsoft winsider last year for my innovative venture, the virtual farm.