Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has launched the CcHUB Syndicate, an investment vehicle to empower investment groups or firms, High Net Worth Individuals (HNI) to co-invest (for as little as $5000) in startups across Sub-Saharan Africa along with CcHUB.
The Syndicate by CcHUB aims to accelerate the growth of early-stage ventures delivering value accretive services and products to the African market at scale; with the goal to increase the number of disruptive and innovative companies with the capacity to create impact at scale for the continent by garnering support through our network of investors and partners.
Speaking on the launch of the investment program, Bosun Tijani, CEO CcHUB and iHUB, says, “CcHUB syndicate is an innovative funding platform which comes at a critical time when the world stands on the precipice of change. These times require companies with innovative solutions to critical problems in our societies. The syndicate seeks to solve the subsistent consumption that exists in diaspora remittances, by redirecting it towards investments in high-growth, impact-driven technology companies across Africa”.
The launch is coming on the back of CcHUB’s 10-year anniversary celebrations, further giving credence to its mandate to accelerate the application of science and technology for the economic growth of the continent. CcHUB has supported and accelerated the growth of a community passionate about the role of technology in transforming Africa by unearthing talent and creating an enabling structure for companies.
Across Africa, CcHUB boasts of a rich network of over 650 startups who can trace their roots to Co-Creation Hub’s innovation-focused programs and interventions, more than 7,300 direct jobs created by its portfolio companies, 35,000+ indirect jobs have been created by portfolio companies through their value chain, $1,000,000+ invested in direct startups by CcHUB and over $61M+ in external funding attracted by the startups in their portfolio.
Source: Tech Moran
9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding
Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.
Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.
The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.
Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.
The 2021 cohort includes:
- Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
- Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
- Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
- Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
- Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
- Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
- The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
- Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
- Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana
Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,
She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.
Visit the intrepidentrepreneurs.org to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.
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