In October 2019, UNICEF and its partners, the African Health Innovation Center (AHIC) and the MeltWater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) welcomed eleven young entrepreneurs who make up the first cohort of the UNICEF Startup Laboratory.
The UNICEF Startup Lab is a co-creation space and incubator located at UNICEF’s offices in Accra-Ghana. It aims to actively engage young startups in the development of innovative, open-source, market-driven products and solutions that help address complex problems impacting the well-being of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable.
On the 10th of June 2020, the 11 young entrepreneurs enrolled at the UNICEF Startup Lab pitched their tech-based solutions that can impact the lives of children and their communities positively.
Profile Of Startups
MEDOC is a web and mobile app platform that connects patients to professional medical practitioners and counselors with a special focus on the health needs of women (especially pregnant women) and children.
Crowdfrica is an online fundraising platform for health and education support in Ghana, with goals of expanding to the full African continent. Crowdfrica launches specialty campaigns, highlighting the health and education needs of people and families – raising funds necessary to support lifesaving services and supporting patients through their full cycle of care.
Wonfliki focused on providing inputs and solutions on farms, mainly through the use of drones. By intersecting engineering and agriculture, Wonfliki stands as a brand that assesses spatial information of lands to provide seamless effort on farms for farmers, aggregators, and agri-financial institutions. They are dedicated to providing a service of high technical quality thanks to a multidisciplinary team who help fill in data gaps needed in crop metrics and monitoring, through constant innovation and development.
Health Direct Global provides a multi-sided platform that allows users to have on-demand access to healthcare through a network of health service providers and also a financially inclusive platform that will enable users to save and spend towards their healthcare needs.
BD Waste provides a multi-stakeholder platform that connects users to local waste collectors and recyclers to facilitate environmentally sound disposal and recycling of wastes by offering convenient pickup services, online payment, and incentives for segregating your trash.
Leaf is a mother and child care consultancy program under the You & Ghana Foundation, with a focus on capacity building and enhancing lactation through the breastfeeding support kits and training to be rolled out across Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Action against Corruption and Bureaucratic Inefficiency (ACBI) focuses on the use of technology to generate data and centralizing citizens in the fight against corruption. The scope of his StartUp has expanded into leveraging the same model to improve social accountability and improving citizen participation in governance.
Aleph Engineering produces mobility devices using eco-friendly, abundant, and quality materials to aid in the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy and other mobility disorders.
Coologi is a green-tech start that developed an eco-friendly solar-powered cold storage system for the food and health value chain. he has the vision to contribute to a sustainable food value chain by leveraging technology and green energy to develop solutions to the problem of post-harvest losses including the development of solar-powered cold storage systems
Kittycara, a period tracking app integrated with an AI chatbot that delivers real-time, safe, and accurate information on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and puberty advice by answering user questions and providing short, animated videos.
Aid Doc is a platform that leverages USSD and mobile application services to support medication delivery and telemedicine services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH).