[Kenya] Sanofi sets three challenges for African startups to innovate health
25-01-2019 04:03:00 | by: Nixon Kanali | hits: 4892 | Tags:

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi, and a major player in innovation in Africa, has launched three challenges for African startups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. These solutions will be pitched at VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, held in Paris, France and will take place in May 16th to 18th, 2019,

The three challenges aim to identify, select and support the best start-ups in their desire to invent tomorrow's solutions in the health sector on the African continent. They illustrate Sanofi's commitment to contribute locally by supporting the most daring and innovative entrepreneurs in the realization of their projects.

These challenges are part of Sanofi's strategy to support and encourage innovation in the African continent, in order to create a healthy ecosystem at the patient's service and that includes all stakeholders in the sector including public authorities, private companies, start-ups

The first challenge is to provide solutions to enhance awareness, diagnosis and disease management of patients suffering from diabetes. Today, over two-thirds of adults living with diabetes in Africa are unaware of their condition. Once diagnosed, a majority of patients remains untreated or uncontrolled, mainly because of access and affordability, lack of medical capabilities and patient education.  

The second challenge focuses on how to improve access to medicines in remote areas from supply chain management to alternative payment solutions. This challenge should make it possible to develop innovative and personalized solutions, for better patient care, even in the most isolated areas. Sanofi is looking for tools developing systems reaching the “Last Mile” through e-commerce, direct to pharmacy, direct to patient and tailored payment solutions and can provide better health support for people.                                    

Finally, the last challenge looks for solutions to support decision-makers in getting a better usage of available health data to recognize and predict diseases, for research purposes and to improve health care management. This challenge aims to identify solutions to assist in the decision-making process and the evaluation of public-private partnerships.

The selected startups will be invited to present their innovative solutions at Afric@Tech, a Lab dedicated to the African continent within Viva Technology. They will defend their projects in front of a jury consisting of Sanofi representatives and industry professionals, and will be able to demonstrate their solutions to the public.

A jury of professionals will select the final start-ups in February. Startups will be evaluated according to 5 criteria: concrete evidence of positive results in at least one African country, project maturity, relevance of the solution, market potential and business model, skills, expertise and experience of the team and finally scientific evidence if applicable.