eHealth startup, AikoCorp wins Seedstars Bamako

Seedstars Bamako, the Malian of leg of Seedstars World, took place on September 4 at Impact Hub Bamako, Mali’s leading startup incubator, with AikoCorp, an eHealth startup, emerging winner.

Following calls for applications, AikoCorp and 7 others startups – Feuze, Pharmoso, Transup, E-Keneya, AllianceJ, Orientkey and HVM – were selected to pitch at the event.

After the pitch in front of a panel of judges that included Claudia Makadristo (who was personally impressed with AllianceJ, a matchmaking website for women) and Sidi Yattara, AikoCorp was selected as winner.

AikoCorp is a platform for medical laboratories to transmit medical test results to patients safely and confidentially online and by sms.

Aside being crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Bamako 2016, AikoCorp will represent Mali at the Seedstars Summit, which annually takes place in Switzerland.

There, it will compete with other promising startups from across the world for a chance to emerge winner and receive up to US$1.5 million in equity investment prizes.

“We were very impressed by the talent that was showcased during the SSW Bamako event. Mali is yet again an example that proves that it is not about where you are from, but what you do,” said Claudia Makadristo, Associate for Seedstars World Africa.

She added, “We are very excited to bring Aikio Corp to our global summit and hope that this event will inspire young talented people in the country to start their own businesses.”

Placing second was Transup, a startup that has built a tech that allows anyone to transfer phone credit between different operators while Feuze, an electronic device that allows for registration, insurance and geolocation of motorbikes, placed third.

The event was supported by Impact Hub Bamako, Orange, VC4Africa, Azalai Hotels Group, and a host of others.

Seedstars World will continue its tour of the continent in search of the most promising startups. Its next stop is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 14, 2016.

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