Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim

SunCulture Kenya Ltd

SunCulture, which designs and sells solar-powered irrigation systems, has eliminated the need for expensive grid electricity, making it cheaper and easier for farmers in Kenya to grow high-value fresh fruits and vegetables.

Samir Ibrahim, the SunCulture CEO, studied finance and international business at the New York University Stern School of Business.

He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers before leaving his corporate job in New York for the irrigation enterprise in Kenya. In Kenya, he teamed up with Mr Nichols, a fellow American, who studied mechanical engineering. Both are 25.

“We’re excited to leverage revolutionary technology like the SunCulture Agrosolar Irrigation Kit to bridge the yield gap with solar power and water-saving drip irrigation,” Mr Samir said. SunCulture’s kit uses 80 per cent less water than the furrow irrigation method.