We offer Africa startup funding for healthcare innovations

A Support Team For Healthcare Innovators

We select companies that create solutions for people living in poverty in both rural and urban locations who lack quality affordable healthcare. We work with talented innovators who have brilliant ideas and help them get their product or service to market and secure African startup funding.
healthcare innovators support


When innovators join the Villgro Africa incubation program, here’s what to expect:
Ecosystem building
Interlinking with academia, government and the private sector to collaborate on go-to-market partnerships that allow innovators to thrive.
Market entry support
Supporting global health innovators who want to enter new markets in Africa.
Providing high-touch mentorship relationships, tapping into our extensive network to find the right mentor-mentee fit.
Customised technical assistance
Bolstering internal capacity by embedding our portfolio managers.
Seed Capital
Leveraging our funders to offer direct, patient capital to Villgro portfolio companies, de-risking them to unlock follow-on funding.
Startups can apply to join Villgro Africa’s portfolio and receive Africa startup funding from $20,000, along with business development advice and access to further investment opportunities. We have a preference for scalable and sustainable models led by a multidisciplinary team with a minimum viable product.

Meet Our Mentors

Our mentoring team brings a coaching mindset coupled with deep expertise in a range of industries, from biomed and finance to information technology, entrepreneurship and engineering. They have navigated the African startup funding ecosystem and can provide one-on-one mentorship covering all aspects of your business.

Philipa Makobore

Head of Instrumentation Division at Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI)

Katanu Mwosa

C.O.O - Kenya Markets Trust

Dr. Abdi Mohamed

COO Metropolitan

George Kaburu

Performance Manager Africa Voices Fdn

Ankit Jhanwar

V.P Strategy Pluss Technologies

Belinda Shitsama

MSME and Start-Up Expert - Growide Consulting

Dr. Kenneth Chelule

Chief Research Scientist at Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute

Dr. Sylvia Shitsama

Neurosurgeon & Mentorship Co-ordinator JKUAT

Dr. June Madete

Co-ordinator African Biomedical Engineering Consortium (ABEC)

Shivachi Muleji

Marketing & Management - Uber|Bolt| Swvl
  • “Villgro Africa have been instrumental to Damu Sasa. They helped us revise our sustainability model and secure various funding opportunities that boosted our COVID-19 capabilities, allowing us to keep blood donations going despite the pandemic.”
    Aaron Ogunde
    Damu Sasa
  • “The primary benefit of participating in the incubation program was Villgro’s local knowledge and understanding of the healthcare and startup ecosystem. We were connected with local healthcare experts as well as startups all across the world who we were able to learn from.”
    Emilian Papa
    Ilara Health

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