On March 17, Nigerian innovation hub, Ventures Platform, through a social media post by its founder, Kola Aina, announced its intentions to provide workspace, mentorship, and a $1,000 grant for projects geared towards curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
With support from the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council, the innovation hub was able to scale up its approach and launched the #COVID19InnovationChallenge in a bid to find tech-based solutions to address the ongoing pandemic.
Venture platform announced that six startups will be selected from a pool of applicants with tech-based solutions to the spread of the virus, who will then receive a $2000 equity-free grant alongside other necessary and important resources.
After the close evaluation of entries from up to 500 applicants, the hub has declared a tie and has therefore selected seven projects instead of the initial six.
These seven startups will proceed to develop solutions that will mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease in Nigeria, using resources – funds and other necessary materials – provided by the Ventures Platform and the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC).
Led by Wale Adeosun, Wellvis Health offers solutions that promote primary care by improving the health of the public through continuous access to personalized health information.
Founded by Joel Ogunsola, Prunedge develops innovative solutions that help to improve the efficiency of processes, the livelihood of people and aid decision making within organizations.
Wellahealth is a digital triage bot that provides guidance based on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines and logs responses for follow up by public health as needed. The startup was founded by Ikpeme Neto.
Founded by Nestor Inimgba, infodemics uses existing social hierarchies in a community to efficiently and effectively communicate health risks.
Innover technologies, founded by Okorie Tochukwu, is committed to using technology to solve problems. Their solution for the project is named COVID-19 Nigeria.
MyServiceAgent is an AI-powered intelligent IVR system that can communicate with hundreds to thousands of callers simultaneously and intelligently, disseminating correct information to callers from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and passing on the data to the NCDC to act on swiftly. The startup was founded by Mayowa Ayodeji.
Founded by Abiri Oluwatosin Niyi, the GIS and data visualization software helps analyze geospatial data and its variables and also visualizes it; data variables concerning the coronavirus outbreak and how it can be tracked and visualized so that predictions are accurate.
The above-listed projects will receive a $2000 equity-free grant and opportunity for further funding, as well as access to virtual workspace and mentorship from some of Africa’s top healthcare, business and technology leaders to help achieve the ultimate goal of stopping the spread of the coronavirus in Nigeria.