1 Out of 4 Tech Startups Selected to Join the Merck, Make-IT in Africa Acccelerator Programme is Blockchain-based

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Four African tech startups have been selected to join the Merck Joint Startup Programme and one of these startups is blockchain-based.

The Merck-Make-IT African startup program is a collaboration between Merck Accelerator, the Make-IT in Africa initiative, and Hybr. The program is aimed at accelerating businesses in the areas of bio-sensing and interfaces, liquid biopsy, clean meat, and AI-enabled health solutions.

The accelerator program had attracted 19 startups from Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda for a week-long bootcamp in Nairobi in the areas of healthcare, life sciences and performance materials.

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Among the four that got selected include:

  • Akili Labs – A South-African startup that designs modular, connected smart point-of-sale molecular diagnostics systems
  • Bluewave Insurance – A Kenyan-based startup which makes insurance more accessible and available for low-income earners
  • Chekkit – A Nigerian-based startup which designs anti-counterfeit solutions for the food and drug supply-chain on the blockchain
  • Epilert – A Tunisia-based startup building a wearable bracelet with integrated bio-sensors.

The four selected startups now get an opportunity to explore potential collaboration opportunities with Merck and a chance to scale their businesses through training, access to corporate partners and the chance to showcase their solutions at the South African Innovation Summit and Medical Trade Fair.

 

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Merck is a leading science and technology company operating across healthcare, life sciences and performance materials. Scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to Merck’s technological and scientific advances.

 

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