In March 2017, Up Accelerate - Uganda’s health-based innovation accelerator program - officially announced the opening of applications to its second cycle of the program. This was after a successful first cycle which saw 4 startups in Sexual Reproductive Health get selected.
For the second cycle, the program received 51 submissions, 25 of these were short-listed for public voting and evaluation done by a panel of judges. It was from these that they came up with 10 teams which have now been selected as finalists to pitch on 30th May 2017 for an opportunity to join the next accelerator cycle.
Both the demo and pitch day event will take place on the same day - 30th May 2017. The demo will focus on showcasing the teams that have been undergoing the acceleration program while the pitch day is aimed at selecting the next 4 teams to participate in the program.
The 10 teams to participate in the pitch day include; Eco Smart pads, Protecting Remote Infants by SMS (PRISMS), Health Data Harvester, Maternal Health Transport Package, MaHab (Mama Help After Birth), HealthSurv-UG, M-Scan, Dr. Bot, Mama Pharm and SUHER (Sustainable Health Records System).
While as the startups to showcase their progress from the acceleration program are as follows; Drag Dash, Snap HMIS and Teheca.
However, the list of winners announced in January 2017 featured 4 startups. The fourth being iDrain which is missing on the list of those to showcase on Demo. We reached out to the Up Accelerate team for a comment and we shall update you in case we receive official communication.