Sankalp Forum (www.SankalpForum.com), an initiative of Intellecap hosted its 8e Sankalp Africa Summit Edition, in a virtual format, from the 2nd to 4e March 2021, one of Africa’s largest inclusive networking platforms, focused on entrepreneurship and impact investing ecosystem
Highlights of the summit included the award of the top three most innovative young entrepreneurs in Africa and the sharing of industry knowledge on rebuilding a resilient and universally accessible health system capable of detecting, evaluating and to report quickly; rebuild robust local institutions in Africa to achieve levels of global competitiveness after Covid-19, and eliminate social and economic injustices to improve fairness among humans.
Each year, the Summit recognizes and rewards high impact companies in the Africa region that are eager to address key development challenges. The finalists have the opportunity to present their companies to a jury made up of eminent business leaders and investors. This year’s finalists were Kenya’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Center, MamaPrime and KIRI EV; EcoV and Iyeza Health from South Africa; OBRI from Tanzania; Creamery Masaka from Rwanda; and MaTontine from Senegal.
The winner of the 2021 Sankalp Africa Awards was Iyeza Health, a South African healthcare start-up that collects and supplies expensive and critical chronic drugs for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), diabetes and cancer treatment drugs from public health facilities to patients. no door thanks to a bicycle delivery service. The service is called Iyeza Express.
In Cape Town, poor national infrastructure has often left the burden of obtaining drugs from health facilities on individual patients. As a result, people in rural areas are denied medication for weeks at a time. However, with Iyeza Express, a single courier can carry multiple boxes at a time, increasing the ability to deliver drugs to more patients at a faster rate and saving lives. Currently, Iyeza provides medicine to over 1,000 people in Khayelitsha, Cape Town and employs local residents as a specialist chronic medicine distribution service. The company aims to become a full-fledged healthcare logistics company that provides access to self-test diagnostic devices that promote screening and early detection of disease in communities, and provides distribution and supply channels. alternatives for health products, thus changing the face of the public. health in South Africa.
The first finalist emerged as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Center (WEEE Center), a Kenyan e-waste management start-up. WEEE offers a service for the safe disposal of electrical and electronic waste (e-Waste) in accordance with NEMA waste regulations, training in handling, storage, methods of safe disposal of electronic waste and their adverse effects on public health and the environment if not properly disposed of. WEE’s goal is to run a business that protects both the environment and public health.
The second finalist was OBRI Tanzania, an agribusiness start-up from Tanzania that focuses on processing and supplying healthier edible oils. The company produces a low-cost, 100% natural sunflower cooking oil called OBRI which is supplied to millions of families across the country. They also work with local farmers directly to source seeds and promote fair-price trade, provide seed crushing services to manufacturing companies for oil and cake extraction, and train farmers in use of organic manure and sustainable land management to achieve high quality production. seeds.
“Sankalp Forum is one of our biggest initiatives which aims to bring the community together to help solve the problems we face through cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurial spirit with great potential. Sankalp today, in his 8e year in Africa, brought to the world a post-Covid vision of economic resurgence and resilience, demonstrating our ability to take action and influence outcomes, ” said Arielle Molino, Sankalp Lead and AVP Intellecap Africa
The Summit, which took place, involved virtually over 1,200 stakeholders, from over 40 countries around the world, including participants from 30 African countries.
Some of the renowned keynote speakers the summit attracted include Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commercial and Development Bank, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author, Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Center, Dr Mabouba Diagne, Vice-President of Finance and General Services of the ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank (EBID), Somachi Chris-Asoluka, Director of Partnerships and Communication, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Wanjira mathai , Vice-President and Regional Director for Africa, of the World Resources Institute and Margaret busby, Writer, publisher, broadcaster and literary critic among others.