Sanofi a leading life-sciences company, is looking to partner with Africa's startups to assist in finding innovative solutions to improve healthcare in Africa.
“Our ambition is to accelerate healthcare innovation in order to bring technological innovation to solve issues of healthcare accessibility, specialist training, and better management of chronic disease care with a specific focus on the public sector,” says Thibault Crosnier Leconte, Country Chair and RX General Manager, Sanofi South Africa.
This year’s challenge is looking to improve awareness and diagnosis of patients suffering from Diabetes; access to medicines in remote areas, from supply chain management to alternative payment solutions; and to support decision-makers in getting better usage of available health data.
Startups that have concrete evidence of positive results in at least one African country, including project maturity, relevance of the solution, market potential and business model, skills, expertise and experience of the team, and finally, scientific evidence if applicable, are invited to submit their projects to https://challenges.vivatechnology.com/en/challenges/sanofi-in-africa?lang=en
The selected start-ups will be invited to present their solutions at Afric@Tech
, on 16-18 May 2019 in Paris, France
. Vivatech brings together more than 8,000 startups from all over the world. Sanofi will once again be present in 2019, in the Lab dedicated to encouraging innovative African start-ups: Afric@Tech. Applications are free and can be completed online until February 15.
Candidates are invited to enter the Sanofi Afric@Tech Challenge online, 10 companies will be shortlisted
and required to attend the Sanofi Africa Lab, which is a part of the Afric@Tech initiative at the 2019 Viva Technology gathering. They will present their projects in front of a jury and will be able to demonstrate their solutions in front to an audience that comprises global decision-makers and industry experts within the health and technology sectors.
Vula Mobile, a Cape Town-based mobile app that connects healthcare professionals in remote or rural areas across Southern Africa, with specialist medical care, was one of the three winners of the Sanofi Afric@Tech Challenge at Viva Technology.
Vula Mobile creator, Dr. William Mapham explains his Viva Technology experience as an eye-opener as it demonstrated the ways in which technology can be used to solve medical challenges in different parts of Africa.
“I loved meeting other innovators. Their work showed different approaches to a wide range of health problems. Each country has unique challenges with delivering health care and it was enlightening,” says Dr. Mapham.