Updated Apr 05, 2018

Surehatch Incubators and Hatchers

Part of Intellisoft Plus

Our automatic solar powered incubators enable smallholders to be 10 times more productive with producing chicks when compared to traditional production methods. It enables them to generate incomes for themselves as well as create food security.


Heinrich Hanekom

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

An independent impact study showed that our technology had a significant impact on smallholders incomes during the proof the concept stage. We have started scaling the concept worldwide and are looking for implementation partners

Registered in Kenya.

Focus Areas:

Entrepreneurship, Economic Empowerment, Social Development and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Entrepreneurship, Economic Empowerment, Social Development, Agriculture and Livestock & AgricultureSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

Poultry is an important source of inexpensive protein as well as a $4 billion industry in Kenya. Surehatch, a South African company, manufactures egg incubators including small-scale models specifically for smallholder use. Using the incubator can increase hatch rates tenfold over traditional practices. Surehatch is selling egg incubators and providing training and post-sales technical and veterinary support to smallholder farmers who will be able to start their own poultry production businesses. Outcome:During this pilot project, Surehatch sold 250 smallholder egg incubators to individual farmers and farmer cooperatives and has established a trained salesforce in Kenya. More than a third of its Kenyan customers are women, and it is expanding into other African countries.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted50,000
New Implemented CountriesBotswana, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa
New FeatureSolar Powered, Fully Automatic Egg Incubation


Jun 2017
Lives Impacted
Jun 2016
New Product or Service
Smallholder focused egg incubator for 180 eggs. Fully automatic with solar power capabilities. Ideal for small scale chick production
Mar 2016
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
Selected Innovator