Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa‘s Solerchil Technologies and The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG) Limited have emerged winners, among the top 12 finalists, of the Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge.
The challenge, part of the ITU Innovation Challenges, sought to identify scalable, innovative, digital solutions that will enable countries, societies, communities, institutions, and individuals from the Global South to deal with the cascading effects of the pandemic.
The two enterprises were among the 25 projects that pitched live in front of a selection committee during the virtual 2021 ITU Global Innovation Forum. The selection committee chose twelve winners, announced on 29 October 2021, during the “Bringing it all together – Awards ceremony and closing” session.
They’ll receive seed funding of up to USD 25 000 to implement their proposed solutions. This is along with mentorship and training support.
What Solerchil Technologies does
Solerchil Technologies Uganda Ltd is a female-led foodtech company that makes and rents solar-powered cold rooms to farmers and food market vendors to safely preserve their unsold food for a longer time. They link these to buyers who are ready to buy the unsold food that is in good condition for consumption at half price.
This avails those who may not afford to buy the expensive food to have a chance to have a meal by ordering this half-priced food through the Solerchil AI conversational e-commerce chatbot accessible on WhatsApp, face, and SMS platforms.
What The Medical Concierge Group does
The coronavirus pandemic heavily disrupted an already poor supply chain infrastructure characterized by non-functional post-facility follow-up, lack of access to quality Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
Through Rocket Health, TMCG has integrated technology in last-mile SRH care delivery with teleconsultation (Voice or Text), SRH information dissemination via SMS, purchase SRH services and commodities via our online eShop or offline USSD code.