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Let us help you build your idea/innovation so that you can impact more lives. We at Villgro Kenya are working to inspire a new wave of innovative thinking towards the deep-rooted health challenges in Africa, through social entrepreneurship and impact investment.

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About us

A partner of Villgro Innovations Foundation in India, Villgro Kenya is an early-stage social enterprise incubator that supports innovative businesses in the healthcare and life sciences sector.

Supporting business.

Villgro Kenya supports early-stage, innovation-based, for-profit social enterprises in the healthcare and life sciences sector by providing incubation services.

Sustainable solutions.

Villgro Kenya helps bring global health innovations to market through social entrepreneurship to promote sustainable health impact in Kenya and the East African Community bloc.

Bringing experience.

Working at the interface of science and industry, Villgro Kenya brings years of experience in R&D/academia and entrepreneurship in the region that is relevant to global health technology development and go-to market strategies.

The Team

  • Rob Beyer

    Executive Chairman

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    Rob brings a unique combination of seasoned experience in business and social entrepreneurship, education and technology. Rob is a visionary leader who has lived in Kenya for the past 11 years and is fully aware of the unique challenges that Kenyans face seeking sustainable livelihoods within the East African context.

  • Dr. Robert Karanja

    Co-founder and CEO

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    Robert serves as the CEO, Villgro Kenya where he is spearheading the replication of the Villgro incubation model of social entrepreneurship and impact investment in the healthcare and life sciences industry. He has over 10 years of experience in global health R&D as a biomedical scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) where he discovered his passion for impacting peoples’ lives through science and innovation.

  • Wilfred Njeru

    Co-founder and CIO

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    Wilfred brings in diverse experience having lived and worked in Middle East, Asia and Africa and travelled to 8 countries. His first immersion into startup and incubation world came while pitching his idea to a Jordanian based incubator, OASIS500. He went on to do a one year Villgro fellowship in India after which he took up the challenge of scaling Villgro to Africa.

  • David Khaemba

    Business Analyst

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    David is a business analyst at Villgro Kenya. He is a commercially- aware business analyst with strong systems skills, currently specializing in analyzing early stage companies to determine their growth potential.

  • Rob Beyer
  • Dr. Robert Karanja
  • Wilfred Njeru
  • David Khaemba

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Incubation Services

Mentoring

High-touch mentorship to entrepreneurs through a structured, market focused incubation plan. Take your business to the next level with professional advice from experts.

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Funding

Support to enterprises focused on health issues to address the most significant needs of the business. Get the capital injection you need to grow your business.

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Networks

Access to networks of healthcare and product development experts, downstream investors, and strategic partners who will help you in your entrepreneurial journey.

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Our Portfolio

  • Afya Poa

    Pre-scale Stage

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    Afya Poa



    • Category: Insurance
    • Stage: Pre-scale

    About the company

    PAIN: Only 10% of Kenya’s population enjoys the benefits of health insurance. The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) coverage makes up 70% of the market share and patronage is mostly limited to those in formal employment. Whereas public health facilities are affordable, they are beset by frequent stock outs, understaffing and negative perception of quality of healthcare due to chronic underfunding. This perception presents a significant barrier to access of healthcare, with 44% of Kenyans who are ill but do not choose to seek care, citing costs as a barrier for accessing desirable (private sector) healthcare. 

    OPPORTUNITY: The Kenya Welfare Association, the umbrella organization for all informal workers’ welfare associations boasting over 9 mn member, has partnered with Insurance For All (IFA) to deliver a microinsurance product targeting their membership. IFA’s product, Afya Poa, offers inpatient, outpatient and maternity health covers in collaboration with Tier 2 and Tier 3 private clinics and hospitals that provide quality care that is appropriately priced for mass market. Faith based and social enterprise focused healthcare providers have expressed strong interest in Afya Poa as a strategic partner for increased patronage.

    BUSINESS STRATEGY: Afya Poa leverages mobile technology platforms for real time claims management on the supply side and works closely with the Jua Kali Federation by using its members as insurance agents to gain market share.

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT:  To provide an affordable and accessible insurance solution that can meet the needs of the poor and underinsured.

     

  • ENZI HEALTHCARE

    Pre-scale stage

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    ENZI HEALTHCARE



    • Category: Healthcare Financing
    • Stage: Pre-scale

    About the company

    PAIN: Only 10% of Kenyans are covered by contributory schemes and as such affordable healthcare poses a significant challenge for majority of Kenyans as they rely on donations from family and friends during medical emergencies. Further, quality healthcare remains a reserve of the rich as the working poor mostly frequent public health facilities that are often understaffed, under equipped or simply too far, out of reach.

    OPPORTUNITY: Providing quality and affordable primary healthcare is increasingly being taken up by the private sector and social enterprises as the demand continues to outstrip the public sector development.

    BUSINESS STRATEGY: Tiba Healthcare is providing quality affordable healthcare with a difference – you can prepay to patronize their services! This health maintenance organization (HMO) based approach allows for risk pooling at the community level, making health services affordable to low income earners.

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT: Quality, affordable primary healthcare that effectively addresses health conditions at the onset and prevents morbidity and death arising from delayed health seeking behavior.

  • Hewa Tele

    Pre-scale Stage

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    Hewa Tele



    • Category: Production and supply of medical oxygen
    • Stage: For Profit Pre-scale Stage

    About the company

    PAIN: There is lack of availability of oxygen in district and sub district hospitals leading to unnecessary deaths due to birth related complications, unsafe anesthesia related surgeries and respiratory chronic diseases. 25% of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa never have oxygen available while 32% have an irregular supply.

    OPPORTUNITY: In Siaya County, the maternal mortality rate is 400/100,000. Most of the birth related complications require oxygen. Since CPHD (the parent NGO ) has been donating anesthesia machines to hospitals, there has been an increased opportunity to complement anesthesia operations with oxygen making it a wholesome package. Their solution includes local production and distribution of Oxygen, installation and maintenance of Oxygen delivery infrastructure and training of lower level health workers on optimal use of Oxygen. Currently operating at 40% capacity, HewaTele is supplying oxygen to 41 hospitals in 8 counties. The demand is growing and with additional 2 more plants, HewaTele is poised to gain another 40% of the market share.

    BUSINESS STRATEGY: HewaTele has entered into a Private Public Partnership with Siaya county government. In this arrangement, HewaTele has installed an oxygen plant at Siaya County referral hospital funded by GE foundation through Assist International. HewaTele produces and supplies oxygen to all the county hospitals at a subsidized rate. The county pays quarterly thus eliminating the need for time consuming procurement processes. HewaTele supplies and delivers oxygen in refillable cylinders of different sizes to both private and public hospitals.

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT: Saving lives and increasing quality of health care by making medical oxygen readily available.

  • Micrive Infinite

    Micrive Infinite

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    Micrive Infinite



    • Category: Micrive Infinite
    • Stage: Pre-scale

    About the company

    PAIN: On average a maxillofacial surgeon sees about 30 patients each week on consultation basis, but they are only able to operate on an average of 4 patients each week. This is as a result of the time intensity of the operations. The surgeons prepare plates for facial reconstruction while in surgery, this could be avoided with pre-surgery preparation of the plates and 3D visualization of the tumors. Additionally 3D models in current use are expensive.  

    OPPORTUNITY: Locally, there are only 23 Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons. They provide medical care to all the citizens of The Republic and also some from across the border. Annually over 8,000 maxillofacial surgeries are conducted. With the assistance of 3D printed models, the surgeries could be conducted faster and the patient outcome improved.

    BUSINESS STRATEGY: Micrive Infinite offers exceptional tech services to the Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons in Kenya. The services focus heavily on utilizing 3D printing to create anatomically accurate patient specific models as a start.

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT: With pre-surgery preparation time on the operating table would be saved and the outcome of the surgery would be improved. This would save the patient (and the insurance company) money and subsequent surgeries. Micrive Infinite’s business model could be scaled across the East African region and could assist not only in maxillofacial surgeries, but also in renal surgeries

     

  • Medical Africa Limited

    Pre-scale Stage

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    Medical Africa Limited



    • Category: Medical Africa Limited
    • Stage: Pre-scale

    About the company

    ABOUT THE COMPANY

    PAIN: Women’s sexual and reproductive health is often treated as taboo and as a result remains neglected as evidenced in the disproportional rate of HIV infection in women in sub Saharan Africa compared to men. Inadequate vaginal lubrication contributes not just to pain during intercourse, but the increased friction and abrasions also make women more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections. Whereas, female lubrication products are available in the market their uptake is limited due to the element of taboo in reproductive health.

    OPPORTUNITY: Medicals Africa, is a Nairobi based startup that is innovating high quality and cost effective lubrication products for reproductive and maternal health. This includes SmugelTM, a personal lubricant that addresses vaginal dryness as a result of inadequate lubrication, menopause or as a side effect of drugs or lactation. Under development is UniPronTM that though similar to SmugelTM offers two advantageous properties: 1) as a contraceptive; 2) as a microbicide that can protect women from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. A third product is SmuscanTM that has been developed as a lubricant for maternal health during ultrasound.

    BUSINESS STRATEGY: Medicals Africa is partnering with a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company to produce the 3 products. UniPronTM is a patented technology that is headed for first in human clinical trials, whereas SmuscanTM and SmugelTM are market ready for product launch and scale respectively.

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT: Sub Saharan Africa bears 70% of the global HIV/AIDS burden with 23.8 million people living with HIV and an estimated 1.5 million infections annually. Personal lubricants like SmugelTM are compatible with condoms in preventing of HIV transmission. If successful in clinical trials, the development of UniPronTM will further empower women against unwanted pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

  • Matibabu | Medical Device | Pre-Product Stage Uganda

    Pre-Product Stage

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    Matibabu | Medical Device | Pre-Product Stage Uganda



    • Category: Healthcare Financing
    • Stage: Pre-Product

    About the company

    PAIN: Last year, Malaria killed 20, 691 persons in Kenya alone. Because malaria's symptoms often mimic other diseases, it is often under-diagnosed in areas where incidence is rare. Conversely, in endemic areas many people diagnosed with malaria may have the indicative parasite loads, but are in fact suffering from a different disease or condition. The presence of parasites doesn't necessarily indicate disease and many people in high-transmission areas learn to tolerate parasitemia.

     

    Current Gold standards have their own limitation. Microscopy is labor intensive and the detection threshold is limited to good quality blood films, highly trained microscopists & high powered m’scopes. On the other hand, RDTs cannot provide a quantitative measure of parasitemia

     

    OPPORTUNITY:  Matibabu is a pocket-sized hardware device that uses combination of a beam of red-light and magnetism to detect malaria parasites in tissues. The technology has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of malaria because it is simple to use, non-invasive, low cost and highly sensitive way for rapidly screening hundreds of people per day. There is an opportunity to bring more partners on board who can help to further refine the product to a “market ready” state.

     

    BUSINESS STRATEGY: Matibabu will target government as the main anchor customer segment. Based out of Makerere University, they have access to malaria geared donor community like Global Fund, USAID, Gates Foundation and PMI (President Malaria Initiative). Since 2008, PMI has procured and distributed over 300 microscopes, almost 12.6 million RDTs, and supported strengthening of diagnostics by training over 4,700 healthcare workers.

     

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT: In addition the fact that it does not require blood drawing devices means it can be used in primary care settings in very hard to reach and understaffed areas.

  • HEALTH E-NET | Health Care Access

    Pre-Revenue Stage

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    HEALTH E-NET | Health Care Access



    • Category: Healthcare Financing
    • Stage: Pre-Revenue

    About the company

    PAIN: There are over 9,000 healthcare facilities in Kenya serving a population of over 45 million citizens. Most of the care is delivered by Non-Physician Clinicians (nurses and clinical officers). The clinicians lack the necessary support required to deliver the best care possible as a result of routine care not being guideline based because of poor support and inadequate documentation, and lack of readily available physicians for complicated cases.   

    OPPORTUNITY: Through the Paper EMR, which is a unique paper based interface for generating electronic medical records, clinicians are able to document case management while interacting with patients, data entered can be extracted in a digital form, the data can be analyzed forming the basis of improved quality health care.

     

    The Gabriel is an innovative, low-cost tele-consultations platform which allows local providers to easily create and share digital medical information with a global network of highly skilled professionals in addressing complicated cases.

    GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACT: With Paper EMR and the Gabriel, patients who would ordinarily not access quality healthcare would get a chance to do so at an affordable rate.

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