The top three finalists in the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge powered by Jumia has been revealed after a rigorous selection process, involving more than 700 applicants from 26 countries across Africa.
Ghana’s m-health startup MedRx App – an interactive health app that connects users to health personnel from various fields of practice including the hospital, pharmacy, laboratory and academia for all users who have health needs has been selected alongside Pass.ng (Nigeria) and Vicoba (Tanzania).
MedRx App aims to to curb the problem of drug accessibility in Ghana. This is to ease the sweats and frustrations associated with roaming from one pharmacy to the other in search of medication.
Aside the main function, the MedRx App is set out to create the biggest health community where people can get proven solutions to common health problems from verified health professionals.
The MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge which aims to boost entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as build a stronger and more sustainable business environment on the continent, kicked off in February, and is a joint initiative between MTN, Jumia and the MTN Solution Space based at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
Through the entrepreneurship challenge, students were invited to develop a unique digital application or smart solution to address a problem faced in Africa.
Applicants heeded the call and hundreds of original ideas covering the areas of E-Commerce Marketplaces, Education Technology, Smart Cities and Solutions, and Health Technology were received.
The other two finalists are: Pass.ng (Nigeria) and Vicoba (Tanzania):
Pass.ng is a web, desktop and mobile-based CBT examination preparatory and testing platform, with a vision to help candidates excel in all the major Nigerian Examinations and tests.
Village Community Banks (Vicoba) are an important instrument of development work, allowing people who do not have access to conventional bank accounts, to access informal investment groups. Vicoba app creates a collaborative platform that includes existing tools for financial and task management in a way that is adapted for the African market.
MTN Solution Space Manager, Sarah-Anne Arnold, congratulated the winners and commented:
â€œUniversities are resource-rich, highly networked and create opportunities for students to find like- minded co-founders and explore and develop new opportunities together, and are therefore the ideal environments to encourage entrepreneurs.
This was shown by the amazing talent that emerged during the incredible week of Live Pitches which took place across campuses in 11 countries, in collaboration with partner universities and sponsors. Congratulations and best of luck to the finalistsâ€.
The top two applications from each region were selected for the semi-finals and awarded the opportunity to undertake a short course from GetSmarter in order to build new capabilities in areas such as Search Engine Optimization or digital marketing.
The finalists will face a panel of experienced business leaders at the Entrepreneurship Festival, where the winning team will be named.
The winners will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Festival with the top team being awarded the opportunity for incubation at the premises of either MTN Solution Space at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, or at one of 9 Jumia offices across the continent.
The winner will also win a cash prize of $25 000 towards their start-up and have access to a Facebook Start Programme to the value of $15 000, which includes tools and services needed to build mobile applications.
For more about the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge powered by Jumia, click here.