Omari Dill Wins Annual Future Agro Challenge

January 15, 2016

The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation [BEDC] held its second annual Future Agro Challenge [FAC] on Wednesday, January 13 at the Department of Environmental Protection, with Omari Dill winning the competition, and Marcus Wade placing as first runner up.

A spokesperson said, “FAC was designed to help identify solutions to the complex global challenge of feeding the world’s growing population. By identifying innovators that have creative solutions to their own national problems, FAC seeks to highlight social entrepreneurs across regions and bring them together in order to preserve the future of agribusiness.

“The local competition sought to identify entrepreneurs that are actively working to create and maintain a vibrant agro culture in Bermuda.

“The final competition came down to two young, ambitious, agro-entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas: Marcus Wade, Wade’s Garden Foods, utilising vertical aeroponic technology to supplement the traditional farming practices in Bermuda and Omari Dill for Utopia with his sustainable agriculture and edible landscaping consultancy.

“The judges had a difficult time of selecting a winner as both presentations were delivered well. After deliberating, the judges confirmed their National winner, by just two points: Omari Dill with Marcus Wade as 1st runner up.”

Erica Smith, Jonathan Starling, Omari Dill, Curtis Dickinson, Marcus Wade, Jamillah Lodge, and Thomas Sinclair:

Bermuda_FAC_Finals

Mr. Dill said, “I am pleasantly surprised and humbled at being selected. My goal for starting Utopia has always been to move Bermuda towards local food sustainability by incorporating education, edible landscaping and apprenticeships into my business model.”

“The competition’s judges included Thomas Sinclair, The Government Agricultural Officer with the Department of Environmental Protection; Jonathan Starling the Executive Director of Greenrock; and Curtis Dickinson, Executive Vice-President of Butterfield Bank and Head of the Bank’s Group Capital Markets & Treasury Division as well as BEDC’s Deputy Chairman.

Mr. Dickinson said, “Using Bermuda’s residents to solve the problem of a decline in locally sourced food is an excellent idea. With edible landscaping, Omari is addressing the problem of an aging farming population by bringing out the farmer in each one of us.”

“Thanks to our gracious sponsors, The Department of Parks and the Department of Environmental Protection, the Bermuda National winner will get a chance to pitch their idea, at the global finals in Medellin, Columbia during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2016. Last year, Bermuda won big, with Bermuda Aerial Media taking home the top prize of €7,000.

“Again, Bermuda will be competing against some of the world’s most promising startups in the Agri-business sector thus we wish Omari much success.”

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  1. HOLLIS says:

    Well deserved…A great way to start the new year and Omari I wish you much success. Hands down you are very knowledgeable in this area.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Not Exactly says:

    Well done Omari and Marcus!

  3. paperboy says:

    Congratulations to these inspirational environmentalists. We need you in our world and hope this helps you see a way forward to continue your work locally and overseas.

  4. Penny says:

    Well done recipients! Way to go Marcus!

  5. The Messenger of Truth! says:

    Does anyone know how I can reach out to Omari Dill? I would like for him to help me to start my own vegetable garden. Many thanks!

  6. Pastor Syl says:

    YAY! and Congratulations, Omari! Well done, Mr. Wade. Bermuda needs both of you and your ideas to create sustainable local food sources

  7. I’m so proud of you Omari !!! You can reach him by calling wind reach or kalifascope he always in those areas

  8. Violeta Delgado says:

    Congratulations Omari. Way to go. Wishes you the best in the final in Colombia.

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