Kenyan incubator Nailab has announced the 15 startups; two Ugandan startups: ClinicPesa and Kaaro Health inclusive, that will take part in its Make-IT accelerator programme; implemented by the German International Cooperation on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as part of BMZ’s Digital Africa Initiative.
The program is designed to strengthen entrepreneurs’ skills for scaling their innovation and achieving growth, cooperation and investment readiness.
Kenyan startups account for the majority of the cohort, with 13 startups chosen, and only two were from Uganda both in the health space/category.
The program runs from January 3rd to August 31st, 2018. Throughout the 9-month programme, startups will be provided with access to the right knowledge, mentors, business and financing partners and opportunities for successful business growth.
The Make-IT Accelerator three structured phases:
1. Inspire – Achieve the Capacity for Growth (Jan – Mar 2018): cohort-based training and capacity development for growth, including individualized needs assessments and scaling plans and regular meetings with experienced acceleration managers to help you develop and grow your business.
2. Connect – From Cooperation Readiness to Cooperation (Apr – Jun 2018): B2B cooperation readiness training, individual support, preferred access to B2B matchmaking events with major international corporates and access to the Make-IT mentor pool as needed.
3. Develop – From Investment Readiness to Investment (Jun – Aug 2018): support from finance and investment experts, who will help you achieve investment readiness, prepare you with the skills to negotiate investment deals and provide pitch training for a final Demo Day in Lagos or Nairobi.
Founded by; Angella Kyomugisha, Brenda Nantongo, Joyce Nakawungu, and Francis Xavier Asiimwe, the firm runs a telemedicine hub that provides a network of rural clinics with access to the services of qualified maternal and child health specialists. By providing these clinics with real-time access to qualified specialists, Kaaro Health is making a contribution in reducing maternal mortality.
A platform to set aside dedicated healthcare funds in order to extend healthcare micro-savings discipline and loan. Notably, their mission is to eliminate delays in payment processing for healthcare facilities so that they can operate smoothly and focus on delivering high quality service to the people of East Africa.