About the Finalists

The nine finalists

Flare

1.2 billion citizens in Africa live without access to an emergency response system such as 911 or 112. Flare provides a 24/7 one-stop national emergency response network platform.

This digital platform helps coordinating the fragmented ecosystem of emergency vehicles and navigates within minutes in cities. That reduces waiting times drastically.

Currently, Flare has enabled access to about 1.2 Mio. users. Founded in 2016, the company is headquartered in Kenya and employs 30 full-time employees, 50 % being female. Headquarter in Kenya.

Gerocare

GeroCare currently provides health services for 160.000 senior citizens by providing them with regular doctor visits. Newly subscribed patients are instantly matched with doctors nearby and patients’ family members benefit from receiving regular medical updates about their elderly relatives.

The cloud-based platform currently has 750 doctors, 900+ pharmacies, and 100+ laboratories and provides primary health services in 52 cities of Nigeria.

Founded in 2017, the company employs 11 people, 50 % female. Headquarter in Nigeria.

Lifestores Healthcare

As a holistic pharmacy management network, Lifestores Healthcare is already the first contact for health issues for 100.000 patients. As a B2B marketplace, this Social Entrepreneur works with 500 pharmacies to help them to streamline their procurement, to reduce the cost of essential medicine and combat counterfeit drug trafficking. Operating in Nigeria, the team are mostly pharmasists with a deep knowledge of logistic.
 
The company has currently 50 employes, 50 % female. By 2025, Lifestores Healthcare aims to serve 1.000.000 patients a day with this one-stop-shop, where they integrate vendors and patients. Headquarter in Mauritius.

mDreet

The extreme shortage of hearing aid technician in African countries leads to hearing impairments going undetected and unmanaged.

With its mobile hearing test, mDREET is revolutionizing the field of screening. Their innovative hearing solution bases on affordable solar-powered hearing aid which were developed by Deaftronics.

The hearing aid is based on batteries, which are chargeable by sun, household light or cell phone plug. They last for 2-3 years and can be used in 80 % of hearing aids on the market. Headquarter in Botswana.

myPaddi

The finalist MOBicure has developed with myPaddi an educational app that destigmatizes sexual health. Already 100,000 young people in Nigeria uses it as a discrete access to counselling.

The app supports coping with sexual abuse and prevention of teenage pregnancies or HIV infections. myPaddi provides anonymous access to doctors and trained counsellors. Sexual health products can be purchased online.

Founded in 2015, myPaddi employs 15 people, 40 % female. Headquarter in Nigeria.

Rocket Health

Rocket Health helps currently 3.8 million patients with chronical diseases comply with their treatment plans. The telemedicine platform offers 24/7 online consultations with doctors through different channels (chatbot, phone, videocalls, sms) in different languages.

It has an end-to-end medical service, takes lab samples, provides follow-up calls from doctors, and delivers medicines to homes. To ensure that all patients truly have access, the solution works on "non-smartphones” and offline.

The enterprise has 110 full time and 43 part time employees, 50 % of those are women. Founded in 2012, Headquarter in Uganda.

Shezlong

The solution of Shezlong, the “digital Sigmund Freud” of North Africa, has already helped more than 70.000 people with affordable mentalhealth services. Among them are 65 % Arabic speaking women who wouldn’t had access to psychotherapy especially during the pandemic.

The female health-oriented platform actively addresses the stigma and cultural shame related to psychotherapy through continuous awareness campaigns. Online sessions can be booked from anywhere and at any time.

It focuses on women surviving violence and abuse. The company was founded in 2014 and employs 40 people, 25 of these are women. Headquarter in Egypt.

Vaxiglobal

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 50 % of vaccines may be wasted globally every year and don’t reach their intended beneficiaries. Vaxiglobal helps to minimize vaccine waste by facilitating AI verification of vaccine deliveries.

Vaxiglobal “creates offline, biometric-linked digital vaccination certificates to verify vaccine delivery in Africa” as CEO Tsitsi Sifiyali explains. Already 320,000 users are registered.

The start-up was founded in 2019. It employs 11 full-time employees, 62 % are female. The immediate goal is to certify the yellow fever vaccination for travellers Headquarter in Zimbabwe.

Talamus

The marketplace model of Talamus ensures continuous patient care through one platform. Patients are connected in real-time to health service providers in the proximity. Over 120.000 user already use the fully integrated mobile health platform, which enables them access ranging from hospitals and diagnostics, down to pharmacies and insurance coverage.

This healthcare solution reduces waiting times in clinics by nearly 70 % and reduces medication costs by 30 %. The comprehensive #interface is easy-to-use, managing patients without any interruptions or paperwork.

Founded in 2016, Talamus has 42 employees, 45 % female. Headquarter in the United States.