Finally, the highly anticipated day came to an end with declaring a winner out of the 4 teams of 14 entrepreneurs show casing there progress over the last for months at the Up Accelerate Cycle II Demo Day. The event took place at Imperial Royal hotel, one of the prestigious hotels in Uganda that witnessed a big turn up from the society to witness the new innovators on the block.
Richard Zulu the lead at Outbox and a mentor in the Up Accelerate initiative opened the day’s Demo with remarks from the first cohort. Teams which were judged based on team formation, business potential, social impact potential, prototype and implementation.
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As usual, legendary Michael Nyitegeki took on the role of moderating II Demo Day while engaging the panelists in a discussion focused on seeing what the future has for those involved in Sexual Reproductive Health. The audience which flooded the hall watched and listened attentively as they waited for results from the judges.
There were also speeches from Dr. Anthony Mbonye a Keynote speaker and the acting Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Alain Sibenaler – UNFPA Representative and Ritah Nakigudde – Health Advisor at DFID Up Accelerate
Solomon Kahuma – Lead Developer at Drug Dash, winner in the #UpAccelerate first cohort. Today, he presents a tool that tackles drug stockouts and over stocking at health facilities UpAccelerate
DigiHealth Declared Winner
And finally, after a few hours, the representatives from the judges announced DigiHealth “Health Data Harvester” as winners of the day’s Up Accelerate Cycle II Demo Day.
Credit @Outbox & @Up Accelerate
It was a full house at the Up Accelerate Cycle II Demo Day. It attracted audiences from universities, government bodies and other foreign authorities.
In a statement on UNFPA facebook page, they congratulated the winners and stated that they are proud of each of the teams. Promised to continue supporting innovative ideas.
The teams addressed to improve access to maternal health supplies and medicines, and how data may be used to improve healthcare planning, monitoring and service delivery.
These four high potential social entrepreneurs have completed intense business training, mentorship, and technical guidance, and successfully received seed funding to enable their producers and ideas grow and deploy to market.
Congratulations to all 14 young entrepreneurs! It is just a beginning of your social change journey.
UNFPA is so proud of each of them and will continue supporting their innovative ideas.
About The Four Teams
The four teams consisting fourteen entrepreneurs participated in the second cycle of Up Accelerate acceleration program, which supports young people that are addressing challenges in sexual reproductive health with mentorship, seed funding, business training and technical guidance. The goal was to help them build product, and deploy it to market within four months.
These teams which were selected from a pool of 52 team submissions comprising of 225 participates represented some of the best ideas from young social entrepreneurs solving some of the most challenging sexual reproductive health problems faced in their own communities. The teams were addressing challenges in how to improve access to maternal health supplies and medicines, and how data may be used to improve healthcare planning, monitoring and service delivery.
The four teams that demonstrated their products where,
1. EcoSmart Pads
The ecosmart pad recycles sugarcane bagasse collected from sugar factories and uses it to make biodegradable pads. These pads are expected to be sold at half the price of the existing pads on the market.
IDrain is an improved chest drainage system that removes the pleural accumulation in patients (new mothers), With this improved solution they believe every mother who has had this kind of complication due to a surgical procedure will have access to improved surgical tools to help them manage the condition better.
Mscan is an ultrasonic probe and software that will support ultrasound scanning in low resource areas so as to address the problem of inadequate ultrasound services for expecting mothers.
This is an innovation driven by challenges they witnessed in the local health centres they were posted in .
4. Digi Health
This is a web-based platform/mobile app to help address the problem of manual patient data collection.
DigiHealth seeks to digitize this process for the users (i.e. medical professionals who conduct outreaches in the field) so that the data collected is accurate, secure and easily transferred onto the hospital database.
Why Sexual Reproductive Health?
Up Accelerate is challenging Ugandan youth to propose bold solutions to existing sexual reproductive health challenges. By submitting an entry, you stand an opportunity to receive up-to $10000 in seed funding, mentorship, business training and technical guidance over a 4-month period.
Up Accelerate was born as a regional initiative of United National Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa, implemented by Outbox and funded by UKAID to explore new and engaging ways of tackling pressing sexual reproductive health challenges through promoting social entrepreneurship among young people.
UNFPA believes that young people in Uganda have the potential to address social health challenges in their communities through entrepreneurship.
They promise to continue be a dependable partner in supporting young innovators by providing them with the practical skills & resources needed to enable them build socially impactful enterprises in health.
Four teams pitched their achievements over the past 4 months with funding support from UNFPA Uganda and training and mentorship support from Outbox. During today’s Up Accelerate Cycle II Demo Day, Up Accelerate team was overwhelmed by how far the startups have gone to implement their ideas in Sexual Reproductive Health.
Last Updated: 14th Nov 2017