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Helping Smallholder Farmers Modernize through Technology

Prajwal M. had been interested in startups from his college days. He had always loved science competitions and wanted to build something. When the National Innovation Foundation posted a competition looking for solutions to three different problems, one of which was focused around solutions to rice paddy transportation, he was immediately intrigued. Prajwal had grown up in Karnataka, surrounded by paddy fields, and had seen his grandparents work in the fields. During his college days, he had also frequently hiked around Mysore and interacted with farmers, so he knew that although machinery of the type that could help transplant paddy…
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Erika Desmond is an impact and social enterprise consultant passionate about social and environmental sustainability. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hamilton College and an MBA in Finance from MIT Sloan.

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