Kenyan e-health startup MamaPrime among winners of Sanofi VivaTech 2020 Global Challenge

Kenyan e-health startup MamaPrime is among the 5 winners of the VivaTech 2020 Global Challenge.

This follows an online final challenge organized by Sanofi following the cancellation of the 2020 edition of VivaTech that was to be held in Paris, France due to the global pandemic.

The e-health fintech startup is now set to receive partnership opportunities with Sanofi in the realization of the projects and innovation in their local markets. MamaPrime enables mothers and their families to prepay for their prenatal and postnatal care and child wellness services in installments throughout their pregnancy.

MamaPrime together with 4 other African startups were announced winners during the final of the Sanofi AfricaTech challenges (the African lab of Viva Technology) which was conducted online. The five winners were selected from a pool of 11 start-ups who pitched at the finals of the challenge. This year, Sanofi says it received a total of 268 application from 34 countries across the continent. The selection process was based on 5 criteria: project maturity, early results, relevance of their solution, market potential and business model, as well as the skills and expertise of their team.

The other winning startups were EYONE from Senegal that offers a shared medical file. Patients have their medical records in real time everywhere and are connected to 35 online health professionals that have partnered with the startup, and Mobihealth International from Nigeria which is Africa’s first fully integrated telehealth electronic medical records and video app. Others are Uganda’s Teheca that connects new and expectant mothers to qualified nurses for at home post-natal checkups and supports by using low cost and low-tech solutions and The University Agency Innovation from Cameroon which 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.

Sanofi says the objective of this initiative is to continue its commitment in encouraging innovation in African continent in order to create a health ecosystem that is at the service of the patient.

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