Uganda’s Sanitation Venture ‘Joelex’ Selected for Amref Africa’s Innovate for Life Fund Accelerator
JOELEX, a social enterprise that makes sanitation accessible, affordable for the urban poor in Kampala by building and operating toilets and showers within slums and market institution has been selected for this year’s Innovate for Life Fund, an accelerator that’s being powered by Amref along it’s partners – The Elsevier Foundation, Grass Roots Foundation and Venture Capital For Africa
The Innovate for Life Fund aims to invest in African health entrepreneurs to accelerate home-grown health solutions for the African market. We offer African health sector-specific support: knowledge, network and access to funding. This is combined with business coaching by an experienced fund management organization.
JOELEX, just like Kenya’s Baobab Circle Limited and Ujuzi Fursa Africa, Nigeria’s Baby Grubz and Tiny Hearts Technology, and Zimbabwe’s Wastinnova were the only six finalists picked out of 308 contestants
Now it’s second year, the Innovate For Life Accelerator Program started on September 17th, and is offering all the six finalists a health specific four month accelerator embedding a maximum of six talented entrepreneurs. The accelerator is combining virtual and in-residence interactions at Amref Africa headquarters in Nairobi
The entrepreneurs will enjoy the support of Amref Health Africa’s facilities and their extensive health network in addition to tailored business coaching by Grassroots Business Fund
In January 2019, a maximum of three entrepreneurs will be invited to develop a partnership with Amref Health Africa, which will offer follow up support and joint outreach to investors both in Africa and worldwide
JOELEX, an initiative of Joel Ssimbwa is a recent accelerator graduate of Fledge which invested $20,000 in his startup last year