We are a Kenyan based Business Incubator and Investor inspiring a new wave of innovative thinking to solve Africa’s toughest Health Challenges.
Villgro Africa contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by investing in innovations with the potential for scalable and sustainable business models and by offering technical assistance to entrepreneurs. Our Advisory services offer clients looking to advance healthcare solutions in the region access to networks, market entry support, go to market strategies, research, M&E for funding agencies & translational research.
Since 2015 our partnership with 20 startups has had the following results
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The companies we have worked with are a blend of medical diagnostic devices, healthcare systems and technologies
“Their understanding of and commitment to the health sector in Africa makes them a force multiplier for a small startup like Health-E-Net. Their team has supported us in governance through their diagnostic panels, which acts like a board of directors without us having to make the significant effort into putting together such a board. They have channeled funding to us through different donors, and pushed our solutions to potential clients whenever the opportunity has risen.”
“Villgro Kenya has provided trusted advisors that have advanced our leadership because they are experts in their field and care deeply to see impact. As a result, they have helped us fundraise, redefine company offerings, provided a clearer road map to market, prepare for scale and connected us to the right partners for product design and development.”
“I appreciate the efficiency of bringing the capital in. For a couple of other organizations it takes a couple of months of diligence for a small amount of the funding to come in, which would inhibit a lot of entrepreneurs. I appreciate the process Villgro Kenya took because that capital is very instrumental to small and large organizations alike.”
“The Villgro Kenya team has been instrumental in helping us with healthcare specific contacts and advice, as well as operational support in Kenya, a market which they know extremely well. On top of this, Villgro Kenya has helped us structuring an advisory board, and thus bringing the needed governance support.”
“Working with Villgro Kenya over the years has been a wonderful experience, and a satisfactory one full of support in form of early investment, investment-ready preparedness, access to their investor networks, playing a very important role in our organization’s capacity building as well as direct access to their team of experts in our different challenges faced. Together we have walked the journey, and are proud to have received growth support from Villgro Kenya.”
“Our journey began when we got incubated under Villgro’s COVID-19 Global Response Solutions Fund. We had 200 diabetes patients, online, receiving group nutrition services because they were frightened of attending their usual group meetings in the hospital. Villgro has been instrumental in working with us to convert what was a free (add-on) service into a business. In addition to the $10,000 fund we received, Villgro worked with us to think through our business model, prioritize the revenue models, and explore various partnerships that could lead to growth. The best part of this engagement is the handholding; we have weekly meetings with our assigned mentor, a seasoned entrepreneur – Ankit Anwar, and Villgro’s Senior Program Manager – Moses Waweru, and the discussion is always centered on steering Lishe Living into greater sustainability. We have found irreplaceable value in the engagement we have with Villgro.”