The Brief: Doctoora Launches Pay-Per-Use Healthcare Service, HotelOnline, Acquires Senegalese Startup, Teranga Solutions

In this week's roundup, Nigerian startup Doctoora launches healthcare infrastructure as a service in Lagos, and European hotel booking company, HotelOnline, acquires Senegalese startup, Teranga Solutions, to establish a travel-tech industry leader in global frontier markets.


Nigerian Startup, Doctoora, Launches Healthcare Infrastructure As A Service in Lagos

Doctoora has built 15 facilities, providing healthcare practitioners with an online platform to connect with patients. The service is provided on a pay-per-use basis, and it helps medical professionals save money on setup costs.

Founder and CEO, Dr Debo Odulana said, “Nigeria has a massive infrastructure gap, especially in the healthcare sector. This gap has arisen due to low government spending on healthcare, a poor maintenance culture, and the high setup costs associated with healthcare infrastructure.” Doctoora’s platform offers a solution to these issues, and it is dedicated to playing a part in tweaking Nigeria’s healthcare sector.

On an social level, Doctoora encourages more inclusivity for clinicians on the margin because of little access to funds for opening a private practice. Doctoora plans to eliminate this issue by providing income to facilities and healthcare professionals.

Doctoora has made 12 short-term rental transactions and one long term rental since its launch. It receives a commission from the rentals. The startup plans to extend its reach across Nigeria as well as other countries in Africa.

Formed in 2016, Doctoora’s mission is to improve the health of communities in Africa by connecting healthcare practitioners to healthcare facilities. The startup wants to create a positive experience for healthcare patients. During the early stage, Doctoora was a self-funded company. It is now part of the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) incubation programme and has access to $35,000 in funding.

European Hotel-booking Company, HotelOnline, Acquires Senegalese Startup, Teranga Solutions, to Establish a Travel-tech industry Leader in Global Frontier Markets.  

HotelOnline and Teranga have joined forces to create a travel-tech industry solution platform for companies in the hospitality sector.

Both companies provided details about this West African and European merger. According to HotelOnline and Teranga,“By joining forces we are able to provide a complete solution specifically designed for hotels in frontier markets.”

Brothers Moustapha Ndoye and Alioune Ndoye founded Teranga, which is a mobile and cloud-based platform for firms in the hospitality industry.

Created in 2017 through a merger, HotelOnline operates in Europe as well as Africa.

Nigerian Startup NebulaPay Leverages Online Chat Service For Secure Recurring Payments

The chatbot service, which was launched in January, makes financial transactions easier and quicker, especially for those with literacy and location issues. Artificial intelligence powers NebulaPay’s chatbot feature. The chatbot is compliant with Facebook Messenger and Skype.

Ejike Oguh, the co-founder of NebulaPay, views chatbox as a necessary service. “The proliferation of USSD codes and mobile apps, and the multiple transaction steps of existing payment channels, have made financial payments cumbersome and frustrating for users, especially the less literate ones,” he said. NebulaPay’s chatbot aims to eliminate these issues through its messaging concept. Around 530 users use this platform every month.

Ghana’s Stanbic Bank Partners With Vodafone Ghana to Host Two-day Certificate Programme for Women Entrepreneurs.

Ghana’s Stanbic Bank connected with Vodafone Ghana at the China Europe  International Business School (CEIBS) in Accra to hold a two-day certificate event for women in the entrepreneurial scene.

Titled “Women in Entrepreneurship”, 51 women attended the workshop, which acted as a follow-up to Stanbic Bank’s Lionesses of Africa programme and SBincubator venture. The workshop offered concepts on leading and sustaining a successful start-up business.

Stanbic Bank acknowledges the challenges that come with starting a business. Pearl Nkrumah, the Head of Enterprise Banking at Stanbic Bank said, “advancing women is good for business, good for society and great for Africa’s prospects.”

In Ghana, approximately 80% of women participate in economic activities.

Ghanaian Tech Experts, Dr Mark Amo-Boateng Develops an Artificial Intelligence Mobile App.

During his presentation at the AI For Good Summit, Dr Amo-Boateng explored the increasing spread of AI in people’s homes through patient-facing apps.

This gives patients more power to track their long-term and chronic health issues.

Dr Amo-Boateng’s device allows patients to photograph their condition through a microscope adapter attached to a smartphone’s camera. Once this step takes place, the application processes the photo to show the type, amount and developmental stage of parasites in the body.

This app helps people diagnose conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis, diabetes and other urinal conditions with ease.