Sanofi calls for applications for start-up challenge

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Pharmaceutical company Sanofi is calling for entries to the Afric@Tech start-ups challenge targeted at innovators in the medical and healthcare sectors in Africa.

Initiated by Sanofi in all African countries, the challenge seeks to identify and reward the best start-ups in their goal of revolutionising practices in the health sector on the continent.

"For over 50 years, we have been committed to improving access to medicines and healthcare for all African communities and people. We feel it is our responsibility to accompany, develop and shine a light on these talented South African start-ups," says Thibault Crosnier Leconte, country chairman and RX general manager, Sanofi SA.

According to a statement, Africa@Tech comprises three challenges aimed at providing innovative and adapted solutions to improve access to medicine and healthcare in Africa.

The first challenge focuses on new tech solutions for earlier diagnostics of non-communicable diseases, the second challenge focuses on how telemedicine can improve access to healthcare on the continent, and the third challenge deals with solutions that improve the education of health professionals in the field of chronic diseases in Africa.

Once the start-ups have been evaluated, a jury will select those that will participate in the Africa@Tech innovation journey.

The selected start-ups will be able to demonstrate their solutions in front of the audience of Viva Technology. They will also receive financial assistance and individual support from Sanofi, through a system of coaching and mentoring.

The contest is free and open to all South African start-ups. Candidates have until 15 February to submit their applications online.