AfricaTech Challenge: Nigerian Startup, Mobihealth Emerges Winner

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Mobihealth International, a Nigerian-based startup and telehealth platform emerged as the winner of Sanofi’s AfricaTech Healthcare Challenge 2020. Sanofi, a biopharmaceutical company announced its five winners of different categories, in the finals of the AfricaTech Healthcare Challenge 2020.

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Sanofi AfricaTech challenge finals was virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the beginning of 2020, Sanofi called for applications for the fourth edition of the healthcare challenge for startups and tech entrepreneurs in Africa. 

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About 268 applications were received from 34 African countries, while 11 were shortlisted based on five different criteria. The criteria cut across; project maturity, early results, the relevance of the solution, market potential, and business model, as well as the skills and expertise of the team.

Mobihealth International

The Nigerian-based telehealth platform, Mobihealth International aced the challenge on ‘How to help healthcare systems leapfrog from manual to smart logistics solutions at point of care’. 

Mobihealth is Africa’s first fully integrated telehealth electronic medical records and video app. The company is on a mission to use telemedicine to provide Africans with access to quality healthcare services. Mobihealth services are done in the most cost and time effective way possible.

The 11 shortlisted finalists of the Sanofi challenge pitched to a panel of experts. These judges were objective and unbiased in the selection of the 5 winners. 

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Senegalese Startup, EYONE

EYONE, a Senegalese startup offers a shared medical file where patients have access to their medical records in real-time. The startup has partners and are connected to 35 online health professionals. EYONE, won the first challenge on the theme, ‘How to support patients with a digital health book in order to access information and make decisions’.

Kenyan Startup, MamaPrime

MamaPrime, is a Kenyan health fintech company which enables mothers and their families to prepay for their prenatal and postnatal care. They also, offer child wellness services throughout their pregnancy which are all paid in installments. MamaPrime won the third Challenge, themed ‘How to improve financing and impact of innovative health solutions in Africa.’

Ugandan And Cameroonian Startup

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation challenge on ‘How to improve maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa’ also had 2 winners.

Teheca, is Ugandan startup that connects new and expectant mothers to qualified nurses. They run postnatal checkups at the comfort of the patient’s home, and also support by using low cost and low-tech solutions. 

Also, the University Agency Innovation a Cameroonian startup, runs a hub of scientific, technological and enterprise-based innovations.

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What You Should Know About Safoni AfricaTech Challenge

Sanofi is a global biopharmaceutical company on a mission to improve the lives of people in the entire globe. In February 2020 they called on technology entrepreneurs and startups in Nigeria to participate in its 2020 AfricaTech Challenge.

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Safoni dedicated the AfricaTech lab at VivaTech to encourage open innovation by African technology startups. The AfricaTech Challenge initiative is a part of Sanofi’s strategy to promote entrepreneurship and development in the health sector in Africa. AfricaTech is a commitment by Sanofi to encourage and accelerate innovation in Africa, improve access to healthcare, and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent.

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