African innovation scores wins at 2018 MIT Solve Global Challenge finals

At least nine African-based startups and projects have been selected to join the 2018 MIT Solver class after scoring wins at last week’s MIT Solve Global Challenge finals.

In all, 33 Solver teams were selected at an event held in New York on Sunday (23 September). Each of the members of the Solver class will benefit from $10 000 in funding as well as mentorship and support from the Solve community.

The class will over the next year collaborate with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Solve initiative on their solutions.

Frontline of Health winners

Nigerian healthtech LifeBank, Kenyan social enterprise Access Afya, and Rwandan non-profit The Ihangane Project were selected along with Ada4CHW,, Neopenda, MediCapt, and Refugee Health Workforce Answer To Global Skill Shortage.

Access Afya runs a chain of micro-clinics in Nairobi’s informal settlements. The startup was founded in 2012 by Melissa Menke. Access Afya’s Akiba ya Roho initiative — a comprehensive diabetes and hypertension management programme — scored the social enterprise a place on the 2018 MIT Solver class.