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Autochek: Automotive Startup from Nigeria Launches in Ghana to Support Auto Industry

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Auto tech startup, Autochek, which is aiming to build solutions for the African Market, has announced its expansion into Ghana’s capital, Accra. This move is to support the delivery of technology in one of the continent’s advanced auto markets.

Having acquired Checki Ghana in 2020, Autochek will be merging technology and data to create a single marketplace for car loans, car repairs and car sales in the country.

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Now, lovers of automobiles in Ghana should be able to purchase cars and access car loans via their Authochek mobile app on Googleplay with the iOS version in development, and on their website as well. All cars listed are said to have gone through 150-point inspection process.

Autocheck says it has brought onto its platform auto dealers and auto workshops who are able to rely on consistent leads that have been filtered to validate theirs interests.

Car owners are rest assured that they can also book maintenance or car repairs either in the app or on their website. The startup is doing well doing to build an ecosystem of solutions thatit hopes to provide an unrivalled customer experience.

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According to the CEO and Co-Founder of Autochek, Etop Ikpe,

“We are excited to be in Ghana and to be part of the ecosystem. The government is doing a lot of great work to support the automotive industry but there is also a need to make sure that vehicles meet a certain standard before they are bought or sold locally. This is where we hope to bring our expertise to create an effective and efficient marketplace for everybody.”

He went on to say that they have observe an increase in demand for technology enabled solutions as businesses and individuals respond to the COVID-19 global crisis and the uexhausting dificulties that it has come with.

For them, the technology enabled approach will enable a better customer experience and facilitate transparency and ease of doing business, which will in turn result in an increase in transactions and more efficient business operations.

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On her part, Yvonne Ahlie, Aucochek’s Head of Business Operations in Ghana, mentioned that,

The automotive industry in Ghana is one of the most advanced in Africa but there is still some work to be done, especially with regards to the day to day experience for consumers, dealers and workshops.

Observing that, the fragmentation of the market tells that most players are operating in silos and are not able to see the full advantage of what the market has to offer.

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Yvonne continued saying, there was also a dearth of comprehensive data that dealers and workshops who get onboard with Autochek can use to underpin business decisions and this they are certain is impacting their performance. Autochek sets itself apart in this manner by applying both data and technology to transform the automotive transaction ecosystem and also enabling excellence across the value chain.

Autochek hopefully by the end of 2022, aims to partner with more than 500 dealers and workshops on its platform across various cities in Ghana, thereby making it much easier for in the country to access the automotive services they need.


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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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