CAPE TOWN – Johnson & Johnson on Thursday announced the winners of the champions of science Africa innovation challenge 2.0 at the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Cape Town.
The six winning businesses and programmes offer bold, entrepreneurial approaches to tackling major healthcare priorities in African communities, including blood delivery, healthcare worker burnout, hearing loss, jaundice, malaria and ultrasound access.
A total amount of $300 000 (more than R4 million) will be awarded to the winning teams, along with extensive mentoring and connection network building, to support the expansion and sustainability of the companies and programmes.
“The innovation ecosystem in Africa is thriving, and the ideas and energy of its entrepreneurs and innovators have the potential to create transformational change for people across the continent and around the world," said Paul Stoffels, managing director, chief scientific officer and vice chairman of the executive committee at Johnson & Johnson.
"The six winners of the Africa innovation challenge 2.0 are addressing major healthcare challenges with novel technology and approaches. We look forward to collaborating with and investing in them as they work to create sustainable businesses and programmes that offer strong benefits to patients, families, healthcare workers and communities in markets across Africa and beyond,” added Stoffels.