Ilara Health, a Kenya-based health startup that offers affordable diagnostic services to doctors, has secured $735,000 seed funding. The funding aligns with its aim to grow its offering in East Africa and beyond.
Founded in 2018, the startup leverages tech-powered diagnostics equipment to offer low-cost diagnostics to clients in Africa. The company leverages AI and robotics to reduce diagnostics cost, and then integrate the partner company’s devices into their platform before selling to doctors for usage.
The startup secured the fund from ShakaVC, Chandaria Capital, and Villgro Kenya, with participation from angel investors like; Esther Dyson, Nijhad Jamal, Aadil Mamujee, Selma Ribica, and Shakir Merali.
Emilian Popa, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Ilara Health, said about 70% of patients are always in need of some form of medical test. However, he mentioned that doctors across Africa lack the equipment to perform diagnostics in their clinics. This is what the company aims to bridge.
The company will leverage the fund to grow its rural medical clinic customers in Kenya, and beyond. They will also utilise it to build a flexible technology platform that will manage and protect the patient’s health and clinic financial data.
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