Viva Technology 2020 is calling upon all South African innovators in the fields of health and medical technology, to present their inventions to global investors and tech leaders in Paris, France, Europe’s largest technology event.
Leading pharmaceutical company, Sanofi is calling for entries to the Afric@Tech challenge which is set to close on the 21st February 2020. This is an opportunity for start-ups to not only present their technologies at Viva Tech but also gain access to an investment partnership with Sanofi. The Sanofi at Afric@Tech comprises four challenges aimed at providing innovative and adapted solutions to improve access to medicine and healthcare in Africa. This contest will help identify, reward and accompany the best start-ups in their goal of revolutionising practices in the health sector in Africa.
“This is the third year that we’ll be hosting Afric@Tech at Viva Technology and we’re excited with the sophisticated level of entries we’ve received from South Africa’s tech innovators. We’re proud to say that out of several African countries that enter the challenge, South Africa has emerged with one winner and a number of qualifying contenders for each year that we’ve hosted Afric@Tech. This is testimony to the brimming technological talent in this country and the drive that innovators have to solve Africa’s health challenges,” said Thibault Crosnier Leconte Sanofi Country Chair.
The competition is segmented in four challenges;
Challenge 1: Find a solution to support patients with a digital health book in order to access information and make decisions. The solution should contain major health event data e.g. vaccinations, lab results etc and should be easy to use, affordable and consume minimal mobile data.
Challenge 2: How to help healthcare systems leapfrog from manual to smart logistics solutions at the point of care? The scalable and affordable solution should ensure appropriate drug delivery to patients and include features such as e-prescription delivery in order to address these challenges.
Challenge 3: How to improve financing and impact of innovative health solutions in Africa? The proposed solution should bear upon innovative financing options. Ideally, we are looking for start-ups already working with banks or insurance companies.
Challenge 4: How to improve financing and impact of innovative health solutions in Africa? The proposed solution should bear upon innovative financing options. Ideally, we are looking for start-ups already working with banks or insurance companies.
“The four challenges are part of Sanofi’s strategy to encourage innovation in Africa. They represent a concrete way to contribute locally through the support provided to the most audacious and innovative entrepreneurs in the achievement of their projects,” said Crosnier Leconte.
The competition is free and open to all South African start-ups which is can be entered online, entries are open until the 20th of February 2020. To enter you can visit the Viva tech website or follow the link below.
By: Bradley Brizzy