The Orbit Innovation Hub and the MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works partnership graduated its first cohort of innovators at a ceremony held at Saro-Maria Hotel on July 29th.
The four-month program graduated 15 entrepreneurs and five startups, two of which are engaged in digital healthcare solutions.
Orbit Health founder and CEO Pazion Cherinet affirmed his organisation’s dedication to not only playing a role in Ethiopia’s digitisation efforts, but to fostering an entrepreneurial and can-do mentality among the country’s youth.
Tena and MedkEt are both startups with a specific focus on developing digital healthcare solutions.
Tena is an online platform with a focus on maternal and paediatric care. Users can access consultation services without having to go to healthcare centres. This is expected to alleviate the bureaucracy within healthcare centres and shift physical resources towards healthcare provision instead of consultation.
MedkEt, on the other hand, is a digital scheduling platform that seeks to alleviate the inefficiency of manual scheduling, database, and payroll management. The platform seeks to mitigate redundant and inefficient scheduling, allowing healthcare providers to focus on their main duties instead.
The other startups that graduated from the cohort are Temaribet, a digital educational resource platform, Gebeta, a new food delivery service that identifies affordability as its main objective, and New Era Research and Development (N.E.R.D), a private research and education centre seeking to further youth engagement in science and technology.
Orbit Innovation Hub is a startup hub launched by Orbit Health that incubates and accelerates technology startups. The hub aims to incubate 15 startups and create more than 200 jobs during its pilot program.