Kenya’s Digital Health Platform TIBU Raises Seed Round To Scale Across Markets


April 26, 2021, noon

Kenya’s e-health startup TIBU has raised an undisclosed seed round with plans to establish in-house lab capabilities, service expansion into home-based imaging, improve marketing, and business development structures.

“The proceeds from this round will be used to source great local software engineering talent so that we can build a globally competitive back-end that focuses on health service logistics, as well as a front-end platform that will allow for a more streamlined user experience when scheduling our many services,” said Jason Carmichael the CEO and co-founder of TIBU

TIBU will also be setting up a high-tech micro-laboratory to process its clients’ samples in-house.

“We see building our internal capabilities around logistics and sample collection to be quite important for growth. Essentially, we are laying the groundwork for replicability and scale across markets,” Carmichael added.

The funding was obtained from Blue Haven Initiative and Kepple Africa Ventures, the latter being a returning investor and oversubscribed by 100 percent.

Lauren Cochran, managing director of Blue Haven Initiative, said she was excited to be backing an experienced team that is “charting the future of healthcare delivery in Africa”.

“TIBU’s technology connects existing healthcare services with people where they are and want to be, their home. The pandemic stretched healthcare systems thin in even the wealthiest nations, and the need for increased capacity in healthcare service and delivery was already great in Kenya,” she said.

“There’s an opportunity across the continent to distribute services and, like so many other industries, reduce the need for expensive centralized infrastructure. Though some healthcare delivery will of course always happen in a hospital, TIBU’s stellar team and technology are changing how we think about what that will look like in the future.”

Launched in early 2020, TIBU is a digital platform that decentralizes primary outpatient care to bring it directly to patients. The on-demand platform connects people to healthcare workers in real-time, who deploy to a location and time of the patient’s choosing.

The startup has served over 10,000 patients since its launch, rolled out a comprehensive home-based vaccination service alongside Amref Health Africa, launched health packages focused on chronic diseases, and secured a variety of key partnerships, and it has now taken on seed funding round to help it grow further.

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