Rajamanohar’s Aquaconnect, the only Indian startup who won innovator award 2019 in Indonesia and now it’s ready to sail to the Indonesian market. After helping more than 3000 farmers in India Aquaconnect is all set to expand internationally and shall be running pilots in Acehand Sulawesi among 2000 farms by the end of 2020.
Rajamanohar who is also referred as the Aquaman as his initiative “Aquaconnect” is promoting sustainable fish and shrimp (seafood) farming and aims at helping farmers increase their productivity and rural employment through artificial intelligence (The app FarmMOJO )
In their endeavour to further promote and contribute in Global sustainable seafood innovation ecosystem, Aquaconnect entered Indonesian seafood innovation project.
In late 2018, SIP placed a global call for innovations with the potential to improve Indonesia’s seafood sector in three challenge areas: Innovative financing, novel technologies, and market demand creation.
There were 80 startups that applied for the prestigious honour. After a rigorous selection process,informed and supported by seafood sector experts, sustainability specialists & business professionals,there were 6 innovators chosen for the program.
Aquaconnect is the only Indian startup that received the honour.
Rajamanohar was invited to participate the kickoff event in Bali, Indonesia in April 2019. Aquaconnect presented their ‘AIpowered FarmMOJO’ app among the SIP gathering.they shall be provided with 8-month accelerator program, office space, access to both local and global mentors, pro bono legal advice, marketingsupport, and access to small grants. At the end of the program, companies will be deeply embedded ina Global sustainable seafood innovation ecosystem.
The current market potential in India is about half a billion. The expansion into South East Asia shall provide Aquaconnect 6X opportunities like India. By the end of 2020, India’s own aquaman plans to work with 12000 aquaculture farmers in Indian and South East Asia.
Rajamanohar Somasundaram, an IIT Alumnus, is a serial technology entrepreneur with extensive experience inbuilding the Internet and mobile technology-driven businesses. “Young Global Leader in 2012” byWorld Economic Forum in recognition of the leadership and contribution in the technology innovation.
The Seafood Innovation Project is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the fisheries andaquaculture sector in Indonesia. Through collaboration with a range of stakeholders, the SeafoodInnovation Project will accelerate innovative solutions to achieve a sustainable economy, and buildresilient communities engaged in the Indonesian fisheries sector.