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The Home Grown Solutions (HGS) Accelerator for Pandemic Resilience is an initiative that aims to accelerate the growth of African healthcare companies to strengthen the continent’s pandemic resilience, in line with the African Union's Agenda 2063 aspirations. This is achieved through offering hands-on and tailored support to growth- and mature stage healthcare businesses. The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) founded the Accelerator initiative in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the official development assistance agency of the Government of Japan.

Earlier this year, the initiative was successfully expanded across Africa, where it assisted its second cohort of 14 Home Grown Solutions which consisted of African Health Holdings (now known as CarePoint), Appy Saúde, DataPathology, Dawa Life Sciences, Doctoora, Doctor on Call, MdaaS Global, Online Clinic Yathu (OCLIYA),Polyclinique Pasteur, Rology, Simbona, Sinapi, Streamline and  WiiQare, supported by a supporting network that includes the likes of World Food Programme, Africa CDC, GIZ, Rwandan Development Board, CSIR, AAIC, Ecobank Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation, World Health Organization, UNIDO, Afreximbank and others.

This update marks the opening of the Pan-African call for 2023 applications for their third cohort. If you represent an African health business with strong ambitions to expand your impact locally or across the continent, they urge you to apply to receive our support over the course of 2023 and, together, help strengthen Africa’s health systems.


They have 3 application criteria you will have to meet to be considered for their third cohort:

You are a growth or mature stage company, meaning you must

  • Be registered as a for-profit entity
  • Demonstrate clear market traction and sizable customer base
  • Express ambition and potential to scale beyond your current size

You strengthen Africa's health system, for example

  • You manufacture medical consumables or devices on the continent
  • You provide healthcare services to patients, be it diagnostic, treatment or otherwise
  • You provide technology solutions to strengthen health access or delivery

You can be described as a Home Grown Solution, meaning you must

  • Operate mainly or solely in Africa (preference for companies operating across countries)
  • Employ mostly local staff in the markets in which you are active
  • Have strong African representation in your leadership


They will work shoulder-to-shoulder with your team to design and deliver a customized, five-month acceleration roadmap in 2023, to support your company's specific growth needs across three key areas:

  • Context specific advisory
  • Investment readiness support
  • Matching to strategic partners

About African Union

The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa's rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African states as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. 

The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”. Our mission is to become “An efficient and value-adding institution driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens”.