Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Alipugpug Tech Solutions

Published on August 30, 2021 um 09:23

Explain your idea in details:

In the Philippines, there might be a difficulty in the implementation of vertical farming systems. The initial capital needed for utilizing vertical farming systems to its full potential is high accompanied with intensive research and development needed. To help farmers go around this constraint, the company will be a provider of vertical farming set-ups, lowering barriers to entry in using the technology allowing farmers to use it to augment their processes. The company will also act as an entity that consolidates the produce of farmers for selling to give them competitive advantage which can be attained when selling produce individually. Vertical Farming Systems need to be popularized in developing countries where there is a high rate of urbanization. Land areas for farming are being converted into areas that arent yielding any food. Farmers need to learn an alternative way of farming as soon as possible or else the food supply in our country would be under the mercy of imports and oligopoly. We need to lower the barriers for these technologies for it to be accessible to the majority of the farmers. For farmers, our product will serve as another source of revenue. A way of farming that doesnt take up much of their time, effort, and pays for the amount it is cost. MALAKAS - a 200sq meter vertical farming system made of bamboo. It has its own pump, sensors, solar panels and an application which remotely monitors crops. A single unit can yield up to 16,000 kg more crops per year while saving 99% of water, and 95% of fertilizer. it is cheaper than most vertical farming systems in the market. and Dumangan, a platform where farmers can consult each other for best farming practices, check market trends, and look for buyers.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Buying a fully functional vertical farming system in the market is difficult. A buyer would have to consult on different shops for parts and inputs. Furthermore, they are still burdened by having to build the whole system themselves which is quite a tedious process. On the other hand, corporations specialized in vertical farming have no interest in helping small scale farmers adapt the same technology. They only want to mass produce vegetables themselves. Alipugpug Tech Solutions will do the opposite thing as them while providing the buying experience that other sellers cant provide. For the meantime, promotional activities will be done through social media platforms, specifically in online groups of farming communities. Our main sales channel will be our website and Facebook page. We would be outsourcing deliveries with logistical businesses. We are targeting small-scale farmers within the Philippines. TAM - $4.8 Billion SAM - $46 Million SOM - $8.8 Million The vertical farming industry is valued at $4.8 billion in the year 2021 and is expected to grow up to $21.15 billion by the year 2028. It has been growing at a steady rate with a CAGR of 24.6% from 2019 to 2026. Growth in the VFS industry is greatly stimulated by the increasing awareness of countries in the importance of alternative farming practices due to the decline in fertile agricultural land accompanied by an increase in the global population. With vertical farming systems producers would be able to diversify their product offering by planting vegetables along their existing crops without incurring additional costs from the usage of fertilizers and pesticides that account for 20% to 30% of production costs. The serviceable available market for Alipugpug Tech Solutions is estimated to be at $46 million comprising 92,148 farmers in Davao Del Sur. The SOM is valued at $8.8 million comprising 17,796 farmers in immediate cities.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Using bamboo to create a cheap and sustainable alternative to vertical farming systems that could generate enough yield to be profitable under minimal supervision and operation. The pilot project serves as a foundation for dealing with higher order problems that the company wants to solve, including lack of farmer product diversification, disconnection to the market, and low-income levels. The goal are creation of a prototype that could accommodate at least 600 seedlings per harvest cycle. Development of an Automated Vertical Farming System that could be operated by non-technical people. and Long-term relationship with electric component, and raw material supplier. Pilot project description, the pilot project entails a simultaneous activity involving product testing and prototype creation. It involves the assembly of an AVFS under initial assumptions made by the founders and evaluation and improvement of the AVFS consumer usability through testing with a help of a customer for input on adjustments and feedback. Resources needed 740 US dollars was allotted for the initial AVFS development. The project will be conducted in a span of three months. First Sourcing raw materials and Electric components shall be done in 1 week. Second The set-up of electronic components along with the assembly of the main frame is allotted 2 weeks. Third Finalization of the AVFS which constitutes putting electronic components to the main frame shall be accomplished in 2 weeks. Fourth Quality Control involving debugging and diagnostic tests will be done in 2 weeks. Fifth Prototype Testing and Improvement will be performed in a span of 5 weeks.

Your profile

I'm Elpedio Menendez Corbeta Jr., 22 years old I was born and rise in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. My parents is a farmer and farm owner, I studied BS Electronics Engineering (Fifth year/final year) at the University of Mindanao, Davao City. Agricultural sector is the backbone of the economy and these are my motivation to uplift the lives of farmers and give an impact to the community by introducing technologies to the Agricultural sector in the Philippines and other countries. I was awarded; Leadership Awardee, Researcher, Innovator, and Young entrepreneur. These are the following competition we join; Young Social Innovation Lab; UNDP 2021 - National Finalist Accenture 2020 and 2021 (Program the Future) - Top 5 finalist and won breakthrough Award Innovation Olympics v.2 - Regional Winner and National Finalist (Ongoing) eBizStart 2021 the largest startup in Southeast Asia in the Malaysia - Top 10 out of 100 participants around the globe. Hult Prize Accelerator 2021 in the United Kingdom - Global Finalist (Ongoing)

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

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October 5, 2021 21:17

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Success is not final, failure is not fatal, It is the courage to continue that counts.

Your idea is very smart and practical.