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Artificial Intelligence for Health in Africa (AI4H Africa) program 2023 for Early- & Growth-stage Innovations!

Artificial Intelligence for Health in Africa (AI4H Africa) program 2023. Apply below.

When is Application Deadline?

11th November 2022

What is the Award?

Are you an African AI health-tech innovator with an idea or solution to improve equitable pandemic resilience or sexual and reproductive health? The Artificial Intelligence for Health in Africa (AI4H Africa) program is a collaboration between Villgro Africa, IDRC, AI4D, the Africa Oxford Initiative, I-DAIR, Johnson and Johnson Impact Ventures, and NVIDIA to support innovations, policy research, and skills  to spur responsible AI development in Africa.

These partners have come together with the aim of uncovering African AI-enabled healthcare solutions and innovations that will be instrumental in catalyzing the emerging ecosystem towards responsible development of technology while strengthening the capacity of African innovators with regards to scaling their impact and improving development outcomes.

As part of the initiative, beneficiaries will receive funding and participate in an innovation boot camp and an acceleration program. These have been organized to support the selected entrepreneurial AI practitioners to develop innovative and commercially viable products and services.  

Which Countries are Eligible?

African countries

What Type of Award is This?


Who is Eligible?

  • Early- and growth-stage health-focused AI innovations with validated proof of concept, recorded revenues and demonstrable potential for growth.
  • Representatives of the innovations must be a founder/co-founder of an entity with a legal presence on the continent.
  • Company must be owned, led or operated by an African(s). We define this as having an African national with long-term control and management of the business, an equity stake, and an active role in both strategic and day-to-day decision-making.
  • Business must be AI-enabled and offer data-driven products or services that improve health outcomes.
  • Must show good management and governance.
  • Non-profits, consultancies, intermediaries, and consortiums are not eligible
  • The program has a special focus on supporting founders who are traditionally excluded, including women-led companies and companies operating in Francophone Africa

What is the Benefit of Award?

  • A customized one-year incubation program designed to help scale the innovation toward growth  and impact, including access to training, industry experts and mentors.  
  • Funding to help scale and implement the learnings
  • Potential follow-on funding to promising startups by collaboration partners.

How to Apply:

Along with filling out the application on VC4A, applicants asked to submit the following:

  • CVs of core team members (Required)
  • An updated company pitch document (Required)
  • A link to a 2-minute max video that describes the innovation (Optional)

All applications will be uploaded through the VC4A.



Visit Award Webpage for Details

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