Ugandan Healthcare Startup, MScan Wins $25,000 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa Grand Prize

Christmas came early for Ugandan healthcare startup, MScan, as it has emerged winner of the Techcrunch Startup battlefield 2018. The Ugandan startup carted away the grand prize of $25000 equity-free funding.

In addition to the grand prize, the startup also gets a trip for two to TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 and the coveted title of “Africa’s Favorite Startup.

MScan developed portable and affordable mobile ultrasound devices (Ultrasonic probes) that can work on laptops, tablets and mobile phones with 95% accuracy. This is useful in Africa where the mortality rate of pregnant mothers due to complications during pregnancy is very high.

The event took place at at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. A total of 15 startups competed for the prize. They pitched to a live audience of over 500 people ranging from VCs, investors, media, government officials, developers and other startups.

Other tech startups that participated were;

Apollo Agriculture (Kenya) – an Agrotech startup that provides small scale farmers with high quality farm inputs, crop insurance and training.

LabTech (Uganda) – a urine testing hardware and software solution startup.

Sud-pay (Senegal) – a digital tax collection platform.

Bettr (South Africa) – a virtual banking experience powered by your smartphone and your data.

FoodHubs (Nigeria) – a startup providing mobile cold carts to farm produce traders to store their produce.

Honey Flow Africa (Nigeria) – a startup using IoT to optimize beekeeping process and enhance honey production.

AgriPredict (Zambia) – an agrotech startup that provides farmers with tools that equip them with information that will improve disease management.

Others include;

MAX (Nigeria) – a moto-taxi ride hailing startup.

CodeLn (Ghana) – an outsourcing startup helping companies hire capable programmers.

Bankly (Nigeria) – a fintech startup providing cash-digitization payment and savings product.

Powerstove Energy (Nigeria) – A clean cookstove with built-in self-powered IoT System for real-time monitoring.

Pineapple (South Africa)- and insurtech startup providing a fully decentralized insurance network.

Complete Farmer (Ghana) – a crowdfarming platform that enables users to invest in sustainable farms and monitor farming activities.

Trend Solar (Tanzania) – a startup providing access to energy (home solar system), internet and mobile (4G android smartphone) in an all-in-one solution.

5 of these startups; Apollo Agriculture, Bettr, MAX, Mscan, Powerstove, got to the final round of pitching after which Mscan emerged winner.

South Africa’s Bettr finance emerged runner-up at the event.

The second edition of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield was supported by Facebook. The event also featured seasoned panel sessions that addressed various issues in the African tech ecosystem.


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