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African e-health startups to apply for Sanofi Challenge

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Sanofi, a global leader in health care, through its Afric@ TechInnovation Lab, is inviting e-health startups in Africa to submit solutions for this year’s edition of VivaTech, an international innovation event that gathers startups in the health sector all over the world.

Sanofi launched the VivaTech challenge last year with the motive of identifying and rewarding startups revolutionising health practices in health sector, with the maiden edition won by South African mobile diagnostics startup Vula mobile.

For this year’s challenge, the global health leader is looking for solutions to three challenges namely enhancing awareness, diagnosis and disease management of patients suffering from Diabetes; improving access to medicines in remote areas and supporting decision-makers to take advantage of available health data.

Applicants will be assessed on five criteria including concrete evidence of positive results in at least one African country, relevance of the solution and market potentials & business models among others.

Application closes on February 15, 2019. A jury of professionals will select qualifying startups in February.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to present their solutions at the Viva Tech Event in Paris that would hold between May 16 -19, 2019, before Sanofi delegates and industry professionals.

The event is expected to converge 10, 000 startups with highbrow investors, tech-driven enterprises and global tech-leaders in attendance.

This is actually an opportunity which African e-health startups can leverage on to develop relevant solutions that can address health challenges in the continent.

Sanofi S.A  engages in the research and development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs with prominence in the prescription market.

ISRAEL ODUBOLA

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