Micro-health insurance startup, Jamii wins Seedstars Dar es Salaam


Jamii, a mobile micro-health insurance product for the low income and informal sector population at just $1 per month, has won Seedstars Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian leg of Seedstars World Startup Competition.

Founded by Lillian Makoi, Jamii is “determined to save lives and enable over 47 million Tanzanians afford health insurance”, and plans to “fully utilize the exposure, mentorship and potential funding from Seedstars to achieve this mission.”

The startup, together with 9 other promising startups, pitched in front of a prestigious jury on September 24, 2016 at Buni Hub, an Innovation space in Tanzania.

Aside being crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Dar es Salaam 2016, Jamii received the sole ticket to represent Tanzania at the global finals of the event in Switzerland.

At the global finals, Jamii will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits that include a tried and tested bootcamp and investor forum.

The Summit will end in a pitch session, where Jamii will compete with other amazing startups from across the world for a chance to emerge winner and win up to US$1.5 million in equity investment prizes.

“The startup ecosystem in Tanzania has been growing exponentially and so does the quality of the startups themselves. We have been very humbled by the talent showcased at the event last saturday and we are extremely happy and proud to bring our first female african entrepreneur to the global stage,” said Selam Kebede, Associate at Seedstars World.

Colifly, the drone medicine delivery company came second while EcoAct Tanzania, a company that transforms post consumer plastic waste into plastic environmentally friendly plastic lumbers, came third.

Seedstars Dar es Salaam was organized with the support of the Swiss Embassy, TANZICT and local ambassador Buni Hub. Other partners include Anza,VC4Africa and Lionesses of Africa.

Seedstars World will continue its tour of the continent – it has already been to 8 African countries – in search of promising startups. Its next stop is Kampala, Uganda.

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