The Rwandan government came up with the Hanga Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) Program in 2022 through HangaPitchFest, with the goal of investigating the potential for technology-enabled companies to address important SRH concerns and improve results more quickly. We are thrilled to collaborate with important partners this year to discover, vet, and offer technical and commercial support to twenty entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa that are developing cutting-edge tech-enabled solutions that are breaking the mold in SRH and solving problems in novel ways.
- Enhancing maternal health beyond granting populations access to safe abortion
- Eliminating obstacles to getting a safe abortion is one way to combat unsafe abortion.
- providing youth-friendly SRH information and services with a focus on young people (10–24).
- addressing sexual and other gender-based violence.
- Providing access to and information on contraception as part of meeting the need for it.
- Has to be functioning in any Sub-Saharan African nation
- Must be creating an innovative and ground-breaking product or business that advances the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) subject.
- The startup needs to show off a tech-enabled SRH solution or have the capacity to grow via technological means. Though it doesn’t have to be the primary invention, technology needs to be supported by some sort of software or hardware.
- must display a functional prototype. This might be a functioning website, a video presentation of the product in action, a pitch deck outlining its features, or anything like.
- must be registered with the appropriate authorities of the operating nation.
- The startup shouldn’t have taken out a venture loan—all except angel investors and friends and family. Eligible startups include those that have won grants from hackathons or other incubator programs.
- Must be the principal decision-maker in the start-up and/or the founder or co-founder.
- Must have regular access to a laptop and the internet and be digitally literate
- At the time of application, you must be at least eighteen years of age
- You will be able to access the following if you are chosen to participate in the Hanga SRH Program:
- cash: $10,000 in grant cash, with the possibility of an additional $30,000 for the program’s top-performing start-ups
- Learning: a three-month program focused on cohorts that covers evidence, SRH, and entrepreneurship
- Bespoke Support: For a period of nine months, qualified start-ups will receive specialized assistance from venture-building and SRH specialists.
- Submissions begin on October 20.
- Informational session for applications: October 31st
- The deadline for applications is November 15 at 1700 CAT.
- Online pitching on November 20 and 21
- For Further Details: Go to the Program’s official website.