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Sanofi Selects 11 Startups for its 2020 AfricaTech Challenge

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Sanofi has announced it will on June 11th organize an online pitch session as part of its AfricaTech Challenge in a move to encourage innovation in Africa.

Sanofi said the online pitch session follows the cancellation of the 2020 edition of VivaTech that was to be held in Paris.

For this 3rd edition, Sanofi received 268 applications from 34 countries across the continent registering a 20.7% increase in applications as compared to 222 applications last year.

The 11 finalists were selected based on their project maturity, early results, the relevance of their solution, market potential, business model and the skills and expertise of their team.

This year, a total of 22 applications were made from East Africa with 18 applications received just from Kenya, three from Uganda and one from Tanzania.

Mama Prime, a Kenyan health fintech company has been selected to take part in the finals. Mama Prime is a flexible, automated financial planning platform where pregnant mothers and their friends or family can make flexible piecemeal payments that go towards meeting the cost of their delivery, and, optionally, post-natal care. Mama Prime provides a targeted financial planning facility that enables pregnant mothers and their friends or family to own the process and plan for their delivery.

Below are the four challenges and select start-ups from across the region.

The 4 challenges and the 11 selected startups are:

Challenge #1: How to support patients with a digital health book in order to access information and make decisions?

  • MamaPrime (Kenya) is a health fintech company that enables mothers and their families to prepay for their prenatal & postnatal care and child wellness services in installments throughout their pregnancy.
  • JokkoSanté (Senegal) is a digital payment platform that secures the use of money intended for health, with a new payment method. It can also be used to manage drug traceability and online prescriptions.

    Challenge #4 - Sanofi Espoir FoundationHow to improve maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa? 

  • Teheca (Uganda) connects new and expectant mothers to qualified nurses for at home post-natal checkups and supports by using low cost and low-tech solutions. The accessibility increase to post-natal cares aims a timely identification and a referral of life-threatening complications during post-natal period.
  • The University Agency Innovation (Cameroun) is a hub of scientific, technological, and enterprise-based innovations. Its spin-off AUI Techno designs and produces an interactive infant incubator connectable to doctors’ smartphones, in order to reduce the neonatal mortality rate.
  • Natal Cares (Nigeria) is an integrated solution providing healthcare, medical monitoring and emergency services to at-risk pregnant women and nursing mothers belonging to disconnected rural communities.

     Registration to the online pitch session can be done here: http://surl.sanofi.com/2y7

    The 4 winning startups will be announced at the end of this event and Sanofi will then evaluate long term partnership opportunities.


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