The three-month accelerator program is offering a seed funding of $30,000 and mentorship opportunites and office space in Nairobi. The entrepreneurs will get access to a network of global industry leaders and investors to help scale up their ideas into full blown businesses.
The application deadline is June 26, 2017 and the four startups chosen for the program will be announced in August so that the program can commence in September and run till December this year.
The applicants will also have expected a range of travel opportunities to spice up their international experiences and exposure. In 2016 Almost 200 highly competitive applications from 47 countries were submitted for consideration and three were taken. But the proram has been expanded to host four in 2017.
Merck group’s presence adds mentorship opportunities to health startups in East Africa alongside Villgro. Startups can apply for mentorship either in Nairobi or in Germany
Totohealth, led by Felix Kimaru from Kenya was among those chosen for the program, it utilizes messaging and voice technology to help reduce maternal mortality, child mortality and detect developmental abnormalities in early stages. The start-up enables mothers and fathers to receive personalized messages timed at their child’s age or stage of pregnancy.
Merck Group offers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products.