Nairobi-based startup Amini, ked by AI expert Kate Kallot, targets environmental data gap with innovative AI and satellite tech.
Amini, a Kenyan climate-tech startup, has successfully raised USD 4 million in seed funding to further its work in resolving Africa’s environmental data scarcity. Founded by AI innovation and technology expert Kate Kallot, Amini strives to become the trusted source for environmental data in Africa, fostering economic inclusivity and supply chain resilience.
“We are building technology that is designed specifically for Africa to lead an economic transformation for the continent’s one billion people. By de-risking the “first mile” of the global agricultural value chain through enhanced transparency, data access, and greater economic inclusion for farmers, we have a unique opportunity to kickstart positive feedback loops which will transform global food systems,” Kallot said. “Amini is innovating for our people and planet, for corporations, farmers, and regulators by transforming value chains. As new regulation in the US and Europe compels corporations to disclose the climate risks in their supply chains, this new investment from Salesforce Ventures and Female Founders Fund will accelerate the scaling of our business and data infrastructure platform, enabling sustainable growth and powering our business expansion.”
Amini – Vision and mission
As Amini embarks on a transformative journey, its core mission is to establish the singular, reliable repository for environmental data in Africa. Amini aims to bolster the resilience of one billion people by 2030. This mission is underpinned by the development of a holistic solution that leverages AI and space technologies at scale, driving systemic change and economic inclusivity across the African continent and beyond.
Funding with strategic backing
Amini’s funding triumph continues as it secures USD 4 million in seed capital, building on the success of its earlier USD 2 million pre-seed round in March. This substantial backing is led by Salesforce Ventures, the global investment arm of Salesforce, and the Female Founders Fund, a venture fund dedicated to supporting female-founded companies. Noteworthy participation from previous investors Pale Blue Dot, Superorganism, and Satgana further underscores the strategic significance of Amini’s vision.
Claudine Emeott, VP Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund said she was thrilled to support Amini, a “trailblazing company at the forefront of artificial intelligence innovation and climate technology. Amini.ai’s cutting-edge technology is poised to redefine industries and drive transformative change. With a visionary team and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of climate AI, we are confident that Amini is poised for exceptional growth.”
Accelerating growth and innovation
With the infusion of USD 4 million in seed funding, Amini is poised to accelerate its growth into new sectors. The investment underscores the demand for the leveraging of AI and satellite technology to be used in this way. Amini’s innovative approach not only aligns with its mission to regenerate natural capital but also contributes to the overarching goal of supporting farmers and enhancing supply chain resilience throughout Africa.
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