Trinity University creatives Alvin Mbabazi and Brent Mandelkorn are leading the way in making sure local farmers can operate as efficient and effective as they can in regards to dairy farming.
The truo startup code named ‘Dbuntu‘ is an online data platform designed to help dairy farmers make smarter, more data-driven decisions by offering a variety of smartphone and SMS apps that allow dairy farmers to keep track of how much milk their livestock is producing.
The app, which maps out this production over time, can help these farmers use analytics to start optimizing the yield of their herds.
According to Trinity University’s Jeremy Gerlach article, When these farmers can track data over time, they can make better decisions and they can definitely see the effects of their decisions on their overall bottom line, Mbabazi says
The Ugandan born adds that they’re just helping them efficiently allocate their resources using evidence. The business has already undergone field testing in Uganda and has plans to scale up its operations there over the coming months, along with a handful of other developing African nations in the near future.
Additionally, Mandelkorn says he’s thrilled to be part of a startup that is both sustainable and has a positive impact adding that there are so many apps out there that thrive on making things convenient which means an app like Dbuntu has the ability to make millions of lives better.
The duo entered the Stumberg Venture competition, an annual two-part pitch event that gives out a total of up to $30,000 in seed money to Trinity startups. While Dbuntu failed to take home any winnings, Mbabazi and Mandelkorn brought on additional team members, honed their business plan, and came back to win $5,000 during the Stumberg competition the following year.
Using this $5,000 prize, the team also hired a developer to build additional features to the Dbuntu app that Mbabazi and Mandelkorn had designed. While the Dbuntu website is still a “work in progress,” according to Mandelkorn, the team is still tweaking the mobile and SMS apps that will make the venture more accessible for dairy farmers—especially some who might not be able to use the platform at a desk with consistent electric power every day.
As reported by Jeremy on Trinity University’s blog, after Mbabazi graduates this spring, he plans to return to Uganda to oversee the first group of dairy farmers who are serving as beta testers. In April, he’ll reunite with Mandelkorn in Turkey to raise capital at an international competition.