The India-based Villgro Innovations Foundation has which launched incubator in Kenya for early-stage businesses in the healthcare is set to offer mentorship and financing to Malaria detection kit startup Matibabu.
Matibabu is a non invasive diagnostic kit use to detect Malaria with a simple application attached to a hardware.
The ‘Matibabu’ project had been identified as a potential beneficiary for the Villgro mentorship, funding and technical assistance after winning the Tangaza E4Impact Challenge where Viilgro was a sponsor of the category that the ‘Matibabu’ Innovators won.
The prize included a grant of KSh. 1,000,000 half of which was directed towards an MBA scholarship at Tanganza Universiy in Kenya for one of the Team members to sharpen their business skills as they plan to enter the market and a cash prize of KSh.100, 000 towards further supporting the project.
The team is scheduled to receive the second half of the grant from Villgro after submitting their phase 2 proposals articulating the next steps of the project.
This follow – on meeting was attended by Dr. Robert Karanja the Co-founder and CEO of the hub as well as Mr. Wilfred Njaji the Chief Information Officer. The RAN team also shared a detailed presentation about the Innovation lab, significant accomplishments made so far, and as a consortium that brings together a diverse array of partners through a coordinated effort across 18 universities in Africa and leverages institutional relationships and interdisciplinary students, faculty and community to develop innovative solutions for community challenges.
During this engagement, special mention was made of all innovations supported specifically those in the category of Global health and the progress of Matibabu, the current partnership with Pedro Games in Portugal that is helping to further prototype the device.
Key challenges the team was experiencing like transportation of the prototypes across continents were stressed and these opened discussions on how Villgro could help as a nearer partner in East Africa which is connected to labs like Gear Box in Kenya that could potentially help in mass production of the device once the design phase is finalized.
It was a fruitful discussion and subsequent meetings were agreed upon to ensure that ‘Matibabu’ makes steady headway towards trans formatively impacting and changing lives in the communities with the support of this partnership.