Entrepreneurship

Nigerian e-health startup Clafiya closes $610k pre-seed funding round.

Nigerian e-health startup Clafiya has raised a US$610,000 pre-seed funding round to help accelerate its growth, finance product development, and hire tech talent. 

Founded in 2021 by Jennie Nwokoye, a systems engineer with experience at Deloitte and AWS, Clafiya aims to widen access to affordable healthcare services in Africa. 

The startup has created a virtual primary healthcare centre that collaborates with pharmacies, mental healthcare professionals, and other related parties to improve care for customers and provide an end-to-end healthcare experience. 

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Its comprehensive health plan gives users access to top-notch care, including specialists, diagnostics, and medication delivery, all paid for through their Clafiya wallet at a discounted rate

Clafiya’s US$610,000 pre-seed round was secured from Norrsken Accelerator, Acquired Wisdom Fund (AWF), Hustle Fund, Voltron Capital, Microtraction, Ajim Capital and a few other investors, and will be used to accelerate its growth, further develop its product, and grow its team. 

The startup secured some grant capital from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund (BFF) for Africa in September of last year, having taken part in the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Class 7 a few months before.

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Dayo Koleowo, partner at Microtraction, said Clafiya had strong investment appeal due to its goal of improving healthcare and its methods of doing so. 

“We wasted no time in being their first institutional investor because we were simply impressed by the team’s experience, their go-to-market strategy and the huge market opportunity identified,” he said.

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