Nov 3, 2020

Participation | Swiss startup caresocius on its way to explore Africa

 

The Africa Market Discovery Camp aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of 10 Swiss Sciencepreneurs seeking growth opportunities with and in Africa.

 

Venturelab has selected 10 startups that will participate in the first online Africa Market Discovery program beginning of this year. The cohort will explore market opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa through workshops and meetings with the local players.

This year the travel arrangement has changed due to the COVID situation. The companies plan their trip themselves as far as an entry is possible. With the energetic support of the partners.

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"Ourzagh" a small village in the region of Taounate - 50 km from the cultural capital Fes.

 

For the third year in a row, 10 Swiss startups that are active in agritech, IoT, cleantech, and medtech will participate in the Africa Market Discovery Camp. The online program aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of Swiss sciencepreneurs seeking growth opportunities with and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The camp includes workshops with local business experts and sessions with startups from all across Sub-Saharan Africa to support each other in defining local market entry in their respective markets. The program revolves around the participation at the Afrilabs Annual Gathering event in Marrakesh where a Swiss-African Business Corner has been reserved for hosting peer-to-peer meetings.  

The Africa Market Discovery Camp takes place parallel to the advanced entrepreneurship training for Sub-Saharan startups, a workshop culminating with the selection of 10 startups that will attend an intense business development program in Switzerland early next year.  

 

The participating startups in the camp are:

caresocius AG – connects people to state of the art treatment providers, at any price point, with more than 550 clinics in 12 countries.

 

Afridom – is blockchain-based banking solution offering a multi-currency wallet for managing, trading, earning and paying with crypto and fiat.

Global NeoNat – aims to develop and deploy an essential infant incubator and phototherapy unit, affordable, functional and adapted to the context of developing countries.

Project Circleg – developed an affordable lower limb prosthetic system from recycled plastic for amputees in developing countries, with an initial focus on Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Agrolina – offers an online decision support tool with its enhanced meteorological, climatic, soil and crop growth forecast for farmers. The tool is adapted to local conditions.

Bitlumens – is a SaaS energy access and financial inclusion solution, which aims at electrifying rural areas by combining LoraWan and the blockchain. The company’s smart meter enables users to pay for and manage their electricity bills.

Cassiopee – offers digital-Health platforms for eSports and eHealth monitoring. Its products include a wearable psychological stress sensing and evaluation technology and a Monitoring System for athletes.

OxyPrem AG – is developing a bain oxygen monitoring solution for high-risk preterm infants.

Risklick: id developing AI solutions enabling analysis and mitigation of clinical trial risks in protocol design phase 

SoHHytec SA – provides a renewable system for onsite production of solar Fuel (Hydrogen, Oxygen) and Power (Electricity, Heat).

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Many thanks to the Universität Basel, AfriLabs and Venturelab for the preparatory workshop of Swiss start-ups. It gave Caresocius the opportunity to get to know interesting companies, which in my opinion will be an added value for the Moroccan economy and especially for the health system in the kingdom. Not only in Morocco but as well in other countries of the African continent. Many thanks to the Ambassador Guillaume Scheurer for a first insight into the economic area North Africa and the healthy relations between Morocco and Switzerland. The caresocius team is looking forward to the African entrepreneurs' workshop in morocco. #swissmade #africa

 

What is SABII?

SABII is a joint program to foster startup entrepreneurship and cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa and Switzerland. In a competitive scheme science-based business founders are selected based on their prior experience (own company incorporation, MOOC certificates, course attendance certificates at Higher Education Institutions or proof of business coaching through agencies). African startups are invited to attend the Advanced Workshop in Africa in the environment of the Afrilabs Annual Gathering.

 

During the 3-days workshop, mentoring is provided by experienced Swiss and African entrepreneurs. At the end, the eight most promising and innovative pitches to a Swiss-African jury are selected and the business heads invited to Switzerland for a one-week stay with business peers. Insights into the local startup ecosystem and creation of linkages and synergies with local stakeholders are provided by our partner Venturelab.