Ventures Platform picks 7 Nigerian startups for Covid-19 Innovation Challenge


Seven startups have been selected by Ventures Platform and the Lagos State Science and Research and Innovation Council (Lasric) to take part in the #Covid19InnovationChallenge, to develop solutions to check the spread of the virus in Nigeria.

Ventures Platform announced the competition earlier this month — to find, support, fund and grow products and services that could potentially help millions of Africans through the pandemic.

In a statement on Friday (27 March), Ventures Platform and Lasric said the 7 were picked from over 500 applicants that submitted applications over six days.

The 7 Startups selected will receive a $2000 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.

Some of the mentors are from some of Africa’s top, healthcare, business, and technology leaders. They include the following: Yewande Sadiku, Celestine Omin, Iyin Aboyeji, Rebecca Enonchong, Alexis Roman, OO Nwoye, Seun Onigbinde, Titi Akinsanmi, Dr Ola Brown, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, Dr Ebi Ofrey and Dr Femi Kuti.

The 7 STARTUPS ARE:


Wellvis Health (Wale Adeosun): The startup offers solutions that promote primary care, by improving the health of the public through continuous access to personalised health information.

Prunedge (Joel Ogunsola): Prunedge is a technology company that develops innovative solutions to improve the efficiency of processes, the livelihood of people and aid decision making within organizations.

Infodemics (Nestor Inimgba): The startup uses existing social hierarchies in a community to efficiently and effectively communicate health risks.

Wellahealth (Ikpeme Neto): This startup has developed 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.

MyServiceAgent (Mayowa Ayodeji): MyServiceAgent is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered intelligent IVR system that can communicate with hundreds to thousands 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.

Innover Technologies (Okorie Tochukwu): This startup is committed to using technology to solve problems. The company’s solution for the project is named Covid-19 Nigeria.

Cmapit Analytics (Abiri Oluwatosin Niyi): This startup offers geographic information System (GIS) and data visualization software that helps to analyse and visualise geospatial data concerning the virus.

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