eHealth startups are encouraged to apply to the Sanofi South Africa Challenge before the end of the week to demonstrate how their solution can optimise patient treatment adherence and completion rates in TB.

The Sanofi South Africa Challenge forms part of the AfricArena Challenge taking place at the upcoming AfricaArena 2018 conference on 15-16 November in Cape Town. The conference aims to showcase Africa’s best startups and innovators in front of an audience of local and international investors.

During the AfricArena Challenge selected startups will be given the opportunity to pitch in front of a jury of key stakeholders and the chance to win a partnership with the challenge sponsor.

The Sanofi South Africa Challenge is seeking an affordable and easy to use solution from South African startups with at least a proof of concept with positive results in at least one province. The solution should allow patients to optimise treatment; incentivise completion; track weekly adherence and monthly collection of medicines; trigger for identification of non-adherence along with interventions to overcome non-adherence; and provide feedback analysis, which will cover initiation phase, weekly adherence and monthly or bi-monthly pack collection.

According to the event organisers, this opportunity could help startups build their network by  providing them access to AfricArena attendees, which will include top executives, decision-makers and senior executives; get coached and mentored by Sanofi’s leadership team and also get support for their  project. Sanofi will assess the winning solution’s feasibility of future collaboration in South Africa, which could lead to a collaborative launch of the solution.

“For over 50 years, we have been committed to improving access to medicines and healthcare for all South Africans and their surrounding communities. It makes sense for us to be a part of AfricArena’s technology ecosystem accelerator as this gives us yet another opportunity to identify, develop and support talented entrepreneurs; who will help us maximise access to healthcare by paying special attention to South Africa’s unique needs,” said Country Chair and RX Managing Director for Sanofi South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, Thibault Crosnier Leconte.

Selected startups will also be given a space to demonstrate their solution to the attendees, as well as the opportunity to attend a pitch preparation workshop the day before AfricArena.

This call for entries into the challenge is directed at South Africa’s technology hubs and innovators, as well as government, civil society, academic, or hybrid led innovators and entrepreneurs within the medical science and technology and ICT space.

Entries for the Sanofi South Africa Challenge close on 26 October 2018. More information can be found here.

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