AfriTech 2020: Sanofi Selects 11 Start-Ups For Online Finale


Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition of Viva Technology, Sanofi will maintain its four AfricaTech Challenges by organizing an online pitch day on June 11, 2020. The objective is to continue Sanofi’s commitment to encourage innovation in Africa, improve access to healthcare and transform the health ec­­osystem throughout the continent.

For this 3rd edition, Sanofi has received 268 applications (compared to 222 last year) from 34 countries. 11 finalists were selected, based on five criteria: project maturity, early results, relevance of the solution, market potential and business model, as well as the skills and expertise of the team.These are the four challenges and the 11 selected startups:

Challenge #1: How to support patients with a digital health book in order to access information and make decision? Bypa-ss (Egypt) is digitizing healthcare information exchange through its platform· HealthTag that allows patients to get their diagnosis, latest check-ups, medical scans as well as test results.

Keeplyna (Tunisia) is an eHealth platform for telemedicine. It offers a free digital medical· book to all African citizens and includes all health information of all family members. EYONE (Senegal) 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.

Challenge #2: How to help healthcare systems leapfrog from manual to smart logistics solutions at point of care? Doctor 4 Africa (India) is an integrated online platform offering a digital health solution in· African countries. It connects patients to health care professionals in underserved communities where there is a shortage of specialists, so they can receive affordable quality care. Mobilhealth International (Nigeria) is Africa’s first fully integrated telehealth electronic· medical records and video app.

Its mission is to use telemedicine to provide people in developing countries with access to quality healthcare services in the most cost and time effective way, anytime, anywhere.

Challenge #3: How to improve financing and impact of innovative health solutions in Africa? SOSO CARE (Nigeria) is a low-cost digital tool enabling 100 million Nigerians to access· health insurance and care in 1,170 clinics. 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 Foundation: How to improve maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa? Teheca (Ouganda) 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.

At the 2020 AfricaTech live virtual pitch, these startups will compete in their respective challenge categories before an online audience and a jury made up of global professionals, investors and thought leaders in technology and healthcare. Folake Odediran, Sanofi’s General Manager, General Medicines, Nigeria & Ghana and Country Lead, Nigeria, commenting on the upcoming live pitch, said: « The AfricaTech initiative is in line with our purpose of empowering lives.

We are so far impressed with the progress of the 2020 Challenge and are happy for all the finalists who have made it this far. We are even more excited that three of them emerged from our Nigeria-Ghana affiliate and we hope that the best techpreneurs win ». After Viva Technology 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the selected startups will now be invited to pitch their solutions at 2:00pm CET (Paris time) on June 11, 2020, during a special Sanofi Africatech day by video conference.

The live virtual event will be hosted by Sanofi Africa zone and will comprise of four pitch sessions, each of 30 – 45 minutes duration. Attendance is open to external audiences through prior registration. You can register by visiting The four winning startups will be announced at the end of this event, and Sanofi will then evaluate longer-term partnership opportunities with them. **** About Sanofi in Africa Africa is a very diverse continent with major health challenges that require dynamic, innovative approaches to better treat and support its populations. For more than 50 years, Sanofi has been committed to use its expertise, knowledge and experience for the African populations and continuously seeks out the most innovative, adapted approaches to improve access to medicines and healthcare.

Whether it is preventing disease or managing illness, Sanofi integrates the available technologies to make our innovations and services accessible to millions of people around Africa. About the Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation Created in 2010, the Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation aims to reduce inequalities in health in France and internationally.

Its actions aim to improve the health of the most vulnerable populations, particularly children. These serve the Foundation’s vision of a world in which everyone has a chance to be born, grow and maintain their health. This ambition covers four strategic areas: maternal and neonatal health, pediatric cancers in low- and middle-income countries, access to healthcare for the most vulnerable populations in France and responding to humanitarian crises. Find out more at


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