On March 17, Nigerian innovation hub, Ventures Platform announced its decision to provide workspace, mentorship, and a $1,000 grant for projects that will help curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Taking it up one step further due to help with more support, Ventures Platform in partnership with the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) launched the #COVID19InnovationChallenge in a bid to find tech-enabled solutions to address the ongoing pandemic.
The innovation hub said it will select six startups and they will receive a $2,000 equity-free grant alongside other necessary and important resources.
Following a tie, Ventures Platform selected seven projects instead of the intended six.
The results are in! Congratulations to the following winning teams of the #COVID19InnovationChallenge!
We had a tie and decided to select 7 projects instead of the initial 6. These winners will receive funding, access to mentors and premium services from partners. 🎉 pic.twitter.com/rxA3lCV9Xl
— Ventures Platform Hub (@vplatformhub) March 26, 2020
Chosen from more than 500 applicants, these are the seven startups selected by Ventures Platform and LASRIC to develop solutions that will mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in Nigeria.
The startup, led by Wale Adeosun, offers solutions that promote primary care; by improving the health of the public through continuous access to personalized health information.
Founded by Joel Ogunsola, Prunedge develops innovative solutions to improve the efficiency of processes, the livelihood of people and aid decision making within organizations.
Infodemics, founded by Nestor Inimgba, uses existing social hierarchies in a community to efficiently and effectively communicate health risks.
Wellahealth is a digital triage bot that provides guidance based on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines and logs responses for follow up by public health as needed. The startup was founded by Ikpeme Neto.
An AI-powered intelligent IVR system, MyServiceAgent can communicate with 100s to 1000s of callers simultaneously and intelligently and disseminate correct information from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as well as pass on the data to the NCDC to act on swiftly. The startup was founded by Mayowa Ayodeji.
Founded by Okorie Tochukwu, the startup is committed to using technology to solve problems. Their solution for the project is named COVID-19 Nigeria.
Founded by Abiri Oluwatosin Niyi, the GIS and data visualisation software helps analyze geospatial data and its variables and also visualize it; data variables concerning the coronavirus outbreak and how it can be tracked & visualized so that predictions are accurate.
These seven projects will receive a $2,000 equity-free grant and opportunity for further funding, as well as access to virtual workspace and mentorship from some of Africa’s top healthcare, business and technology leaders to help scale their company.
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Nigerian startups raised $55.4m in Q1 2020; over 99% of which came from foreign sources. Find out more when you download the full report.
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