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AfricaWorks Partners Seedstars to Provide Workspaces in Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire & Tanzania

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AfricaWorks, the number one provider of flexible pan-African workspace, has announced an agreement to provide locations in Dar es Salaam, Cairo and Abidjan for Seedstars Africa.

This partnership deepens AfricaWorks’ support to innovation in Africa among a strong will to strengthen business ecosystems with dedicated spaces and solutions to entrepreneurs in Africa.

What this means for AfricaWorks

In AfricaWorks receiving Seedstars spaces, is an impressive move to afford talented entrepreneurs and Africaworks’ members a better access to services and visibility to convert their projects into job creation and shared value all across Africa.

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And in adding Seedstars hubs to the Africaworks platform also gives these entrepreneurs across the entire network an access to top-class entrepreneurial and educational programs and extending tailored opportunities across Africa.

Commenting on the partnership, the delighted CEO, Gregoire Schwebig, said,

“We are pleased to announce the Seedstars agreement. By entering the important innovation market, AfricaWorks is now becoming an increasingly integral member of Africa’s crucial innovation ecosystem.”

He also said, as entrepreneurship and innovation were critical economic drivers for Africa’s growth prospects, combining the Seedspace locations with the pan-African workspace provider’s existing flexible office services, symbolises a healthy milestone in their development.

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He as well reveals that, in 2021 they will continue to greatly develop their entire service offering as part of a dedication to unlock Africa’s potential and its resilience to the effects of COVID-19.

The Swiss-based Seedstars is an investment holding group with the sole aim of impacting the lives of people in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology.

Seedstars supports entrepreneurs through several programs, among which include the Online Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, venture capital investments and their physical hubs called Seedspace.

Objective of Seedstars

In a press statement, Michael Weber, the COO and CFO of Seedstars, shares that,

“The pandemic has presented countless challenges for businesses and for support organisations across Africa.

Adding that, they remain committed to empowering the entrepreneurial communities from Egypt to South Africa, and this is part of why their outfit strongly believes the partnership with AfricaWorks is bringing great value to their beneficiaries and customers.

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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding

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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.

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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 
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Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,

“After 15 years in philanthropy, I believe now more than ever that it is women who will solve women’s health challenges and it is Africans who will solve Africa’s development challenges.”

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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