Sanofi, a major player in innovation in Africa, has launched three challenges for African start-ups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. These 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 health ecosystem at the patient’s service and that includes all stakeholders in the sector: public authorities, private companies, start-ups, etc.
The selected start-ups 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. Start-ups 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.This call for projects
is free and open to all. Registration can be done online as of now. Applicants
have until February 15th, 2019 to submit their application online.