Funding & support opportunities for African healthtech innovators

Written By

  • Yomi Kazeem

Geography-specific opportunities 

Nigeria: She Leads Africa is taking applications from high-impact women founders for its High Growth Coaching Program. The three-month program provides growth-focused entrepreneurs with coaching and support to scale their businesses. The program is run in partnership with The Work In Progress! Alliance – a consortium of OxfamButterfly Works and VC4AMore information is available here.
Deadline: May 5, 2023

Pan-African opportunities 

Healthcare Access Challenge, organized by ENRICH in Africa & Sanofi, is seeking applications from healthtech start-ups improving disease treatments delivery & access to care across Africa. Start-ups can apply across four categories: patient care services​, healthcare providers (HCPs) capability building​, vaccines & treatments delivery up to the patient​  and health financing​​. The winning start-up will get a chance to test its innovation in partnership with Sanofi and its subsidiaries.​ Apply here.
Deadline: April 30, 2023

Africa MedTech Challenge, organized by Sothema and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, is seeking applications from health start-ups using technology to develop innovative treatments and improve healthcare access. Prizes include customized support and access to technical resources provided by Sothema. More information is available here.
Deadline: May 7, 2023

The latest edition of the Africa’s Business Heroes competition is accepting applications from outstanding African business entrepreneurs across sectors, including health. Selected finalists will receive a share of the $1.5 million cash prize as well as business training. More information is available here.
Deadline: May 12, 2023

Project Last Mile, in partnership with USAID, is seeking applications from enterprises with a proven or promising innovations “to address emerging disease prevention and/or control, are poised for growth, and would benefit from Project Last Mile’s technical assistance.” Selected enterprises may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 in grant funding and will be matched with a subject matter expert and gain 1:1 support to design solutions to a key business challenge. Apply here.
Deadline: May 17, 2023

Venture Showcase Africa 2023 is accepting applications from African founders seeking to raise Seed or Series A rounds. Selected start-ups will pitch to VC4A‘s network of investors as well as receive receive mentorship and technical advice. More information is available here.
Deadline: May 17, 2023

If you know of an organization which offers funding or support to businesses in African health tech, please let us know. Our team evaluates each support opportunity to share with our community of innovators. 


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