Accra North LSIPS 2020: Obaatanpa Emerges Winner


Sept. 14, 2020, 1:32 p.m.

Obaatanpa, a health-tech platform that would provide real-time medical assistance for pregnant women, has been crowned winner out of eleven competing teams at this year’s Accra North Startup Summit pitch competition.

The Accra North Startup Summit pitch competition took place at Ghana Tech Lab’s Campus at Pokuase in Accra.

For their prize, the founders of the Obaatanpa platform, Juliana Hammond and Emmanuel Sarfo, will be inducted into Ghana Tech Lab’s incubation program.

The program will provide them with an array of benefits including access to resources, seed funding to scale up their startup, networking opportunities with investors and industry experts, assistance with marketing and business basics and training to shape their technical skills.

In an exclusive interview with www.digitaltimes.africa, the Co-founder of Obaatanpa, Emmanuel Sarfo stated that the idea for their website was inspired by a desire to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality in Ghana.

“Our website will give women ideas on the things to do during pregnancy. With that in mind, we hope it will reduce the high rate of maternal mortality. The next thing we would do after this is to work on our skills to meet these goals”, he explained.

Juliana Hammond also revealed that the team had plans to further upgrade the platform in the near future, in order for it to provide digital assistance in tackling infant mortality as well.

The Hub Manager and Facilitator of the event, Vovoli Akakpo, lauded the team for winning the ultimate prize; “They were committed throughout the program and also had feasible ideas”.

MedLyf, another health-tech platform, for pre-booking appointments with specialists, also took the second position and would be joining the ultimate winners at the incubation program.

The Accra North Startup Summit is a climax pitch event organized by Ghana Tech Lab, a tech space that trains and supports entrepreneurs with digital skill training and seed funding.

Prior to the pitch, participants are taken through a six-week digital skill training. This year’s training was based on web development, after which participants had to research and come up with ideas to develop their own startups from the knowledge acquired during the training.

Participants would break into teams to collaborate and transform their ideas into scalable businesses before pitching it to a team of business analysts and other industry experts for further support.

However, teams that do not make the cut are given internship opportunities at other reputable tech spaces.

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