Roundup: #Healthtech funding & support opportunities

Our monthly round-up of funding and support opportunities for health tech innovators in sub-Saharan Africa is below. Best of luck!


Geography-specific opportunities

Ghana: Supported by the Mastercard Foundation in collaboration with MEST Africa, the Catalyst Fund program is looking to accelerate 6 digital commerce companies in Ghana. Selected companies will receive flexible grant capital, curated mentorship by experts, workshops, operational support, and more. Interested innovators can express interest here.

Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda & Uganda: Ashoka/Boehringer Ingelheim is now accepting applications for its Co-creation Accelerator 2021 programme. Through grant funding and technical expertise, the program aims to support innovators working across the health care sector and with >3 years of operations to implement a pilot strategy to scale. Applications can be submitted here.
Deadline: February 7, 2021

West Africa: Female-focused VC firm ShEquity just announced the launch of its ShEquity West Africa VC Fund and ShEquity Business Accelerator (SHEBA), offering female founders funding and venture building and technical support. Headquartered in Accra, the fund lists healthcare as one of its priority sectors. Follow the firm’s website for further updates here.


Pan-African opportunities

Under the Data4COVID19 initiative, l’Agence française de développement (AFD) is seeking innovative proposals that can leverage data to offer practical intelligence for decision-makers in response to COVID-19 and related pandemic challenges across the African continent. Winners will receive 50-100K in funding. Applications can be submitted here.
Deadline: February 5, 2021

Next Health Accelerator is launching an acceleration cohort focused on sexual and reproductive health, with an emphasis on self-care. Participants will receive market readiness training, international mentors and coaches, access to a strong network of value chain partners and $15K in seed funding.
Deadline: February 14, 2021

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has just launched its TEF 2021 intervention program, which will prioritize the economic recovery of SMEs and young African entrepreneurs from disruptions caused by COVID-19. New and existing young businesses and startups operating in any sector for <3 years are eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted here.
Deadline: March 31, 2021

Health innovators aged 18-35 are eligible for the Africa for Young Innovators Health Award, which offers a business mentorship program and funding support for commercially viable solutions that can demonstrate a measurable and sustainable impact on the continent’s healthcare sector. Applications can be submitted here.
Deadline: March 31, 2021

That’s all for now. See you next time!

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