How we’re helping to fight COVID-19

    At Founders Factory Africa, we believe that innovative technology has the power to truly drive change. The African startup ecosystem has shown extreme resilience during these challenging times, and we’re extremely proud of the collective commitment of the FFA portfolio to develop technology that supports efforts to help fight COVID-19.

    We know that the journey is uncertain and that many startups will need support to recover from this global pandemic. Many businesses will be under financial strain, while many will need to pivot to continue. We’d like to recognize some of the startups in the FFA portfolio who are creating innovative solutions for the healthcare community and beyond.

    What the FFA portfolio is doing to help fight COVID-19

    Floatpays

    Floatpays

    Helping employees achieve financial wellbeing through early access to earned wages

    Based in Cape Town, South Africa

    Floatpays was established as part of the Venture Build portfolio at Founders Factory Africa, with the aim to help employees achieve financial wellbeing by giving them early access to a portion of their earned salary.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many South Africans facing unexpected expenses due to sudden healthcare costs or a decrease in household income. With Floatpays, employees are able to access a portion of their earnings, resulting in more control over earned money, decreased debt and increased peace of mind.

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    Meet the Floatpays founder

    Simon Ward

    CEO & co-founder
    Envisionit Deep AI

    Envisionit Deep AI

    Using revolutionary AI technology to detect COVID-19 related pneumonia on chest x-rays

    Based in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Envisionit Deep AI (EDAI) is a medical technology company that uses AI to streamline and improve medical imaging diagnosis for radiologists. The chest x-ray is the quickest and most cost-effective way to diagnose pneumonia in COVID-19 patients.

    The RADIFY platform from EDAI is capable of labelling up to 2000 x-rays per minute and automatically prioritises patients with features of COVID pneumonia for further testing and treatment. This improves the speed and accuracy with which a radiologist can diagnose chest x-rays, thereby helping to triage patients more effectively.

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    Meet the Envisionit Deep AI founders

    Jaishree Naidoo

    CEO & co-founder

    Terence Naidu

    Business Development & co-founder

    Andrei Migatchev

    Chief Technology Officer
    Redbird Health

    Redbird Health

    Using innovative technology to develop a symptom tracker app in the fight against COVID-19

    Based in Accra, Ghana

    Redbird is a healthtech company, which helps to ensure that monitoring your health is quick, convenient and easily accessible. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Redbird worked with FFA to create a daily check-in and symptom tracker.

    Globally, there is currently a shortage of testing kits, which makes the symptom tracker an easy way for anybody to self-report symptoms tagged to their phone number and location. This enables public health officials to map potential areas of concern and to follow-up directly with high-risk patients or hospitals to manage their staff and patients.

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    Meet the Redbird Health founders

    Patrick Beattie

    CEO & co-founder

    Andrew Quao

    Chief Operations Officer & co-founder

    Edward Grandstaff

    Chief Technology Officer
    Redbird Health

    LocumBase

    Using technology to seamlessly connect medical professionals with practices who need them most

    Based in Cape Town, South Africa

    LocumBase is an online platform which connects doctors, optometrists, nurses, pharmacists and any other medical pros with practices and medical centres for short-term work opportunities. This not only assists in maximising income and minimising stress, but improves the overall standard of medical care.

    With the COVID-19 outbreak, medical professionals have been at the forefront of the fight against the virus and are in shortage. To help support the healthcare community, Locumbase has waived all access and admin fees from bookings during this challenging time.

    Meet the LocumBase founder

    Zulé Vuuren

    Chief Energy Officer & founder

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