Africa’s largest innovation incubator, CcHub, will volunteer funding and engineering support to tech projects aimed at curbing COVID-1 9 and its social and economic impact.
The Lagos and Nairobi located formation posted an open lotion on its website this week, CcHub CEO Bosun Tijani told TechCrunch on a call.
CcHub will provide $ 5000 to $100,000 fund blocks to firms with COVID-1 9 associated programmes including last-place mile communication, support for the infected and the most vulnerable members, production processes indispensable medical supplies and support for disrupted food supply-chains.
The organization, and its iHub affiliate, will likewise open up engineering support and resources from its CcHub Design Lab to funded business, according to Tijani.
He noted that launched startups who want to create COVID-1 9 relevant activities on the two sides of their core-business can apply.
The initiative stanches from concerns Africa could be less trained than other regions in dealing with an outbreak of the virus that has spread in China, Europe and the U.S. and is creating fiscal havoc globally.
Tijani hopes CcHub can apply its network and resources to limit the spread and damage of COVID-1 9 in Africa.
The Lagos based innovation-space acquired Kenya’s iHub in 2019,bringing together two of Africa’s most powerful tech hubs by membership systems, VC, work of programs, startups incubated and world-wide visibility.
” Quite a number of African countries, if they get to the level of Italy or the UK, I don’t think the system…is resilient enough to provide support to something like that ,” Tijani said.
Reported clients in major population countries, such as Kenya and Nigeria, were in single-digits as late as last week, but those quantities are spiking. By the World Health Organization’s recent stats Wednesday there were 463 COVID-1 9 suits in Africa and 10 approved demises related to the virus.
Governments are taking action. South africans, which has the second-largest reported coranvirus outbreak on the continent, declared a national disaster this week, banned public draws and announced travel rules on the U.S. and UK. Kenya has also imposed its own travel and army restrictions.
Only two cases have been recorded in Nigeria, but CcHub’s Tijani fears the actual scenario for the West African country and Kenya could be much worse.
” I reckon Lagos and Nigeria are in denial. Some governments in Africa are taking action, but the focus in Africa has been relying on port of entry[ calibrates ], which isn’t reliable because…I suppose it’s already here…people may not have symptoms hitherto ,” said Tijani.
If there is a rapid outbreak, he fears it will overwhelm a number of areas in countries such as Nigeria and Kenya.
” We don’t have the health systems to contain it. We don’t have the the welfare system that can work for the most vulnerable, such as elderly…we don’t manufacture most of these medical gives and our food[ supply-chain] is not reliable ,” Tijani added.
Addressing these pending challenges related to COVID-1 9 in Africa is what CcHub hopes to support in its latest open call to fund projects.
The innovation incubator isn’t the only tech participate on the continent shifting to respond to a possible coronavirus crises.
Pan-African on-demand trucking logistics busines Kobo3 60 has asked employees who can work remotely to do so in Ghana and Nigeria, according to the Chief Strategy Officer Kagure Wamunyu. The Goldman Sachs backed startup is also planning contingencies to ensure supply-chain continuity, should COVID-1 9 stop business and mobility in its markets.
In Kenya, the country is turning to its leading mobile-money product, M-Pesa, to reduce the opportunities of an outbreak. Safaricom waived deal fees on the app this week to increase digital-payments use and lower the risk of spreading the COVID-1 9 through physical handling of cash.
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