On Wednesday 8thof March 2017 in faraway Nairobi, one of Africa Leadership Forum Technology Hub’s (ALFTech Hub) Incubatees, HelpMum were announced alongside two other startups as winners of the ‘Innovate4life’ hackathon powered by Amref Health Africa.
The team represented by the ALFTech Hub Incubation Specialist Tracy Uzamah and HelpMum CEO Abiodun Adereni delivered a good presentation on how HelpMum is saving lives by providing vital information and support to Pregnant women and Nursing mothers via mobile technology in a bid to reduce the rate of Maternal and Infant Mortalityin Nigeria.
The team came a long way from a large pool of 175 teams from different countries and then shortlisted to 15 before finally emerging as one of the top 3 winners alongside ‘Chanjoplus’ from Kenya and ’Wekebere’ from Uganda.
The Innovate4Life was a two-day Hackathon held on the 7th and 8th of March. The major objective of the program was to pit together several innovative ideas with the goal of developing solutions to tackle the challenges facing infants and mothers across the continent, especially when it comes to Childbirth.
In a keenly contested final on the 2nd day, each team was given 3 minutes to pitch their ideas to an experienced panel of Judges. The anchor on the day even made a comment about HelpMum being the fastest speakers on the day. After much deliberations, HelpMum was announced as one of the winners and will earn a US$ 3,000 seed funding and an opportunity to join a 3-month acceleration programme with NAILAB in Kenya.