Amini, a startup company in Africa, has secured $2 million in pre-seed funding to develop innovative solutions for agricultural and environmental data challenges. The funding round, led by Pale Blue Dot, a European Climate Tech fund, was oversubscribed, attracting investments from Superorganism, RaliCap, W3i, Emurgo Kepple Ventures, and a network of angel investors from the global technology community.

Africa possesses abundant untapped fertile land and valuable mineral resources, accounting for 65% and 30% respectively. However, despite these resources, Africa's contribution to the global GDP stands at only 3%. One of the main reasons for this disparity is the lack of reliable and trustworthy data, which has hindered Africa's development for decades, affecting business decisions, capital allocation, and the ability to measure the impact of climate change.

Within its first six months of operation, Amini has successfully developed a robust platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and satellite technology. This platform aggregates, unifies, and processes various types of data, including satellite and weather data, down to a square meter level. It provides valuable environmental data analytics, such as drought, flood, soil, and crop health, allowing for the forecasting of crop yields for millions of smallholder farmers within seconds. Furthermore, the platform enables the measurement of the impact of natural disasters across the region.

Amini's primary goal is to address the data scarcity in Africa, promoting capital investment, climate resilience, and economic development opportunities in the region.

The company has already found its first customers in the agricultural insurance sector. By utilizing the platform's granular, verifiable, and actionable data, Amini enhances farmers' resilience through parametric agricultural insurance coverage. With a focus on regenerative agriculture, this collaboration aims to support both African farmers and global food chains.

While initially targeting the insurance industry, Amini is rapidly expanding into supply chain monitoring, specifically at the initial stages of the global supply chain known as the "last mile." This expansion is crucial for multinational companies seeking accurate measurements of their carbon footprint and the ability to report on their environmental impact. With impending global regulations such as the SEC Climate Disclosure rules and the European Green Deal, companies importing commodities like coffee, cocoa, timber, and palm oil must possess comprehensive knowledge of their supply chain and its impact on deforestation and degradation, right down to the finest details at the last mile.

Pale Blue Dot's General Partner, Heidi Lindvall, expressed her confidence in Amini, stating that the scarcity of high-quality environmental data in Africa hinders the development of crucial climate solutions. Lindvall believes that Amini is well-positioned to bridge this data gap and make a significant impact.

Amini's team possesses a strong track record of leveraging deep technologies to address Africa-specific challenges. Kate Kallot, the founder and CEO of Amini, has over a decade of leadership experience in driving innovation in artificial intelligence and machine learning at renowned technology companies like Intel, Arm, and NVIDIA. Kallot has spearheaded initiatives that utilize artificial intelligence and social impact to benefit the African continent. Joining her on the executive team are Mwenda Mugendi, Muthoni Karubiu, and Eshani Kaushal, bringing expertise in machine learning, data science, geospatial analysis, and fintech from leading organizations such as Microsoft, NASA, and MTN. The Amini team is deeply committed to making a positive impact in Africa and beyond.

Kate Kallot, CEO and Founder of Amini, emphasized the company's vision of building a comprehensive source of environmental data across Africa. She believes that data has the potential to transform livelihoods by enabling climate resilience and sustainable value chains. Amini's success with early customers and the interest from global enterprises, governments