Matibabu: winning team atMerck Innovation Center for a prospect to partner in an accelerator program, Frankfurter Strasse 250, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany

One of RAN’s incubates Matibabu Innovation Team https://www.ranlab.org/innovations/riap-grantees has continued to pillar the Science, Technology and Innovation arena among others.  On March 14 2016, the Matibabu team had yet another opportunity to pitch at the Merck Innovation Center for a prospect of an accelerator program. Represented by two team members, Josiah Kavuma (Lead Developer) and Shafik Sekitto (Business Analysist), the team emerged Pitch Winners scooping a partnership with Merck Accelerator Program 2016.

Based in Darmstadt, the City of Science, the Merck Accelerator Program will offer the Matibabu team a 3-months program in which they will benefit/continue to learn from and share with experienced mentors, a robust training program and a backing of a leading Science and Technology company.

Other Key Benefits to the Matibabu team include;

  • Funding of € 25,000 only
  • A large project area comprising 1,400 m²
  • Customized coaching sessions and workshops

Moving to scale, this is a great achievement for not only the Matibabu team but also Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) www.ranlab.org.  Brian Gitta (Matibabu Co-Founder) when contacted had this to say, “We are very excited to get a medical partner at a point when we are heading to test the device and we hope that they will support the testing and further development of this prototype as we hit the market. The Matibabu Team is committed to leaving no stone un-turned as we together join in using innovation to fight against Malaria and positively transform communities”.

“Solutions through Innovation”

Some photos from the pitch session

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The Matibabu Team preparing to pitch while seated above, pitching and receiving the award!