Merck Accelerator is looking to collaborate with African Startups

Merck Accelerator in partnership with the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative “Make-IT in Africa” launched a Joint Startup Program to support 20 Startups across Africa.

The Joint Startup Program aims at contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages). More specifically, the objective is to identify innovative startups that fit in the strategic areas we are focused on and connect them to Merck to build sustainable business partnerships.”

The focus is on startups working in three areas, namely: Digital Solutions in the Health Sector, Liquid Biopsy Technologies and Bio-Sensing and Interfaces.

The selected startups will benefit from business case development, a journey on ecosystem learning attending several exhibitions, networking with a broad community of startups, and investors gaining relevant exposure that will end up with a fully paid trip to Merck Innovation Center at the company´s headquarters after the completion of the program in Africa.

To be considered to participate, startups must be registered in an African country, have a minimum of two co-founders and must have been operating for at least one year. Startups founders are encouraged to identify key resources from Merck they could benefit from, as well as showcasing what can they offer by proposing a use-case example of a win-win situation for both, the startup and Merck. This way, the startups can maximize their possibilities to collaborate.

Applications for the program will close on 17 July.

Want to collaborate with Merck? Apply now.

Have any questions about the program? Join our Webinar on 15 July.