The Pan-African competition, which launched on February 15, 2016, came down to the wire on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the MTN Entrepreneurship Festival held at Philippi Village in Cape Town. The three finalists from Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania faced a panel of experienced business leaders comprising Jérémy Hodara, co-CEO Africa Internet Group, Professor Walter Baets, Director of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and Herman Singh, MTN Group Chief Digital Officer, as they battled it out for the US $25 000 cash prize to start-up their own unique business. The three finalists had to pitch their unique digital application or smart solution to combat a challenge faced in Africa and it was Victoria Acheampong, Hayford Brako and Yannick Kabu Bosomprah from team MedRX from Ghana who received top honours. The judges concurred that MedRX had the best online to offline capability, meaning that one can go online to get services offline.
We really were impressed with the width of their functionality and the depth of the integration of the application, handling a very complex challenge that actually delivered astonishingly great human value,” said Herman Singh, Chief Digital Officer from the MTN Group. The winning application aims to connect patients, doctors and healthcare professionals like it has never been seen before. The application is an interactive health platform for all users who have health needs and it connects all users to health personnel from various fields of practice including hospital, pharmacy, laboratory and academia. “It’s like having a pharmacy on your phone and having access to medication,” says Victoria Acheampong from Team MedRX.
The winner also walked away with a year-long partnership with Jumia, a Facebook Start Program to the value of US $15 000 and the opportunity to be incubated at the MTN Solution Space at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and at Jumia. Team MedRX will have access to world-class marketing teams, mentors to help them along and the environment and structure to be successful.