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Brief

Pertaining to mental illness/disorder, how does your solution empower patients and communities, by growing education and awareness, debunking stigma and driving early diagnosis leading to proactive care? 

Expectation

Sanofi and AfricArena are looking for startups...  

1. operating anywhere in Africa 

2. that have a tested prototype of the product/service/platform that addresses the problem statement 

3. Innovative in utilizing technology to address the problem statement  

mission

Stigma and lack of awareness around mental health disease and related symptoms often result in patients not seeking help, not only in South Africa but around the world. In our local context this is exacerbated by limited resources in the healthcare sector as well as education and awareness of those suffering with mental health disease.  

 This may lead to tragedy before the patient seeks help or loved ones become aware.  

Sanofi’s challenge to African start-ups is: How do we empower patients and communities, by growing education and awareness, debunking stigma and driving early diagnosis leading to proactive care? 

Submission Requirements

GEOGRAPHIC AREA

This challenge is open to startups incorporated and operating in ANY African country.

MATURITY CRITERIA

1. Innovative solution or service

2. Less than 5 years of existence

3. Early-stage // Seed-stage company

4. That have a tested prototype of the product/service/platform that addresses the problem statement 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Required format:

Short video with 2 topics: Startup presentation / How do you solve the problem? (mpg, mpeg, mp4, mov) MAX 50 Megabyte – You can also share us a “Wetransfer” link or a Youtube video

Deck pitch: 8 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes

Last day of submission: 13th of September 2019

12 start-ups will be shortlisted after the last day of submission - of which 3 will be selected to showcase at AfricArena Summit 2019.

Do you meet the criteria?

Submit to Win

Prizes & rewards

NETWORK

*For the 3 selected startups*

Return flights and accomodation in Cape Town - to showcase at the AfricArena Summit 2019!

Meet and greet with the "who's who" of the African tech scene, at the AfricArena Summit this year.  A great opportunity for exposure to international investors, VCs, angels, corporates, and other high rise startups from across the continent.

PITCH

*For the 3 selected startups*

1. Showcase at the grand stage for Africa's tech future - the AfricArena Summit 2019! Taking place 11-12 November 2019. Location: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.

2. Showcase your innovative solution in front of international investors, VCs and corporates, who are looking for wolrd-class talent to partner with.

WINNER

*For the 1 WINNING start-up*

1. Return flights and accomodation in Cape Town - to showcase at the AfricArena Summit 2019!

2. A possibility of showcasing at VIVA Technology in Paris next year (2020).

3. Working with Sanofi South Africa (mentorship) on developing your brand and offering.