South African innovators in the fields of health and medical technology have a chance to present their inventions to global investors and tech leaders at Viva Technology 2020 in Paris, France, Europe’s largest technology event.
Leading pharmaceutical company Sanofi is calling for entries to the [email protected] challenge, which closes on 6 March 2020, where start-ups stand a chance to not only present their technologies at Viva Tech but also gain access to an investment partnership with Sanofi.
The Sanofi at [email protected] comprises four challenges aimed at providing innovative and adapted solutions to improve access to medicine and healthcare in Africa. Initiated by Sanofi in all African countries, 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 [email protected] 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 of several African countries that enter the challenge, South Africa has emerged with one winner and several qualifying contenders for each year that we’ve hosted [email protected] This is testimony to the brimming technological talent in this country and the drive that innovators have to solve Africa’s health challenges,” says Sanofi country chair Thibault Crosnier Leconte.
The competition is segmented as follows:
- 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 – for example, 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 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 challenge is free and open to all South African start-ups. Applications can be completed online. Candidates can apply online until 6 March 2020 on the following platform.
Selected start-ups will be able to attend the Sanofi in Africa Lab in [email protected] They will present their projects in front of a jury and will be able to demonstrate their solutions in front of the audience of VivaTech.
The selected projects could also benefit from financial assistance and individual support from Sanofi, through a system of coaching and mentoring.
“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,” says Crosnier Leconte.
Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines and provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions. With more than 100 000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.
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