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Uganda’s M-Scan Wins TechCrunch 2018 Startup Battlefield Africa

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A Ugandan healthtech startup company M-Scan, has won this year’s edition of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa. The company emerged winner, after beating 14 other African companies at an event hosted in Lagos. M-Scan won the grand prize of $25,000 after developing a portable mobile ultrasound devices (Ultrasonic probes) that are laptop, tablet, and mobile phone compatible.

This year’s edition, is the second edition of the event hosted in Africa. The startup consists of fifteen startups from across Africa and the list includes;

  • Apollo Agriculture
  • LabTECH
  • Complete Farmer
  • Bettr
  • FoodHubs
  • Honey Flow Africa
  • AgriPredict
  • MAX
  • CodeLn
  • Bankly
  • Powerstove Energy
  • Mscan
  • Pineapple
  • Trend Solar

In a statement, TechCrunch stated that judges were impressed with its scalability potential to make many other medical access devices affordable in Africa, which mother and infant mortality is unforgivably high.

Representing Nigeria at the event, is MAX, whose pitch was about motorcycle and ehailing platform. Max ideal transforms moto-taxi mobility in Africa using mobile apps, inclusive data-driven asset-finance, and a comprehensive driver on-boarding program that uses machine learning and psychometric tests to profile drivers and create credit scores for them. MAX enables financial inclusion for drivers, prioritizes safety, and uses IoT technology to track all drivers in real-time.

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