Nigerian startup Medsaf and SA startup Iyeza Health have received $10,000 each from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after winning the foundation’s Malaria and Vaccine Delivery challenges, respectively.
The prizes were handed out at the sixth Seedstars Summit held on 6 April in Lausanne, Switzerland. Seedstars is a Swiss organisation that assists tech startups in emerging markets.
Medsaf is a medication marketplace for Africa’s hospitals and pharmacies, while Iyeza is a logistics startup that delivers chronic medication as well as contraceptives and HIV self-testing kits.
The initiative was announced at the Seedstars Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 13 December and entailed two separate challenges, namely the Vaccine Delivery Challenge and the Malaria Challenge.