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The HealthTech Hub Africa is a new HealthTech accelerator based in Kigali, Rwanda. The hub, located at the Norrsken East Africa House in Kigali, Rwanda and powered by the Novartis Foundation, will host up to 30 startups who will have access to a program that includes capability-building opportunities, partner match-making with the public and private sectors, and mentorship and opportunities to test and validate their solutions in the public health system.

1
HELP LOCAL STARTUPS
deliver more impactful HealthTech innovations
2
create a launchpad
for local HealthTech solutions in Africa with regional and global potential
3
foster dialogue
and collaboration between innovators, policy makers, funders and researchers

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the HealthTech
Challenge 

The HealthTech Challenge is a competition to identify three of the most promising start-ups in Africa tackling population health challenges focused on cardiovascular health, breast cancer or virtual health and care.

CO-WORKING SPACE
& COMMUNITY
Up to 30 startups will receive a full year subsidy to the HealthTech Hub Africa co-working space and community located in the Norrsken Kigali House.
innovation
program
Participate in its 2022 HealthTech Innovation Program to help you validate your solution, accelerate your growth and connect with the right partners and contributors.
financial
awards
Financial awards with the first place winner receiving USD 30k, second and third receiving USD 20k, fourth receiving USD 10k and fifth receiving USD 5k.

> Am I eligible to apply?

The HealthTech Hub Challenge is open to startups with less than USD2m in prior funding and with a validated Minimum Viable Product. Teams of two or more people can apply, and those with a more positive gender balance will be prioritized. Startups must focus on at least one of the following areas: cardiovascular health, breast cancer, and virtual health and care.

> I just applied. What are the next steps?

 The ten finalists will be invited to deliver a three minute pitch during a virtual Q&A with the judges on November 22nd, 2021. The top five finalists will need to attend the HealthTech Hub Africa live launch event on December 2nd, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda to claim their financial prize.

> How will the winners be selected?

The selection process is composed of two evaluation rounds.

During the first round of evaluation, the top 30 startups will be shortlisted by internal judges scoring the startups based on a number of criteria. These include health impact potential and ability to generate data-driven insights for their local health system, the ability of the business model to embed successfully in the public health system and scale beyond their country of origin, team composition and experience, and relevance to the Hub’s mission. These 30 startups will win a spot in the one-year co-working space and innovation program. 

During the second round of evaluation, the top 10 amongst the shortlisted 30 will be invited to compete in a public virtual pitch to a panel of judges. The top five finalists will be awarded a financial prize to help improve and scale up their solution.

> Terms and conditions

All financial prize winners are required to have between one to seven team members work at least 100 days and participate in at least 60% of all physical HealthTech Innovation Program activities at the HealthTech Hub Africa in Kigali, Rwanda between December 2021 and November 2022.

Apply here

what's next

20.10.21
APPLICATION LIVE
HealthTech Hub Challenge goes live. Click the link above to apply.
15.11.21
top 30
selected
Top applicants selected and notified.
22.11.21
Pitch competition
Top 10 applicants will participate in a virtual pitch event in front of a panel.
2.12.21
launch
event
Top 5 winners announced at launch event.
1.1.22
Healthtech hub africa
Up to 30 startups begin working in HealthTech Hub Africa.

Founders

The Novartis Foundation aims to improve the health of low-income populations by working with local authorities and partners to re-engineer health systems from being reactive to proactive, predictive and preventative.

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Norrsken East Africa operates Norrsken House in Kigali, the biggest hub for entrepreneurs in the region. It is part of the Norrsken Foundation, a non-profit, aimed at helping entrepreneurs solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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