Digital Market Opportunities for German-Nigerian Collaboration

In October 2017, we launched our department for New Economy and Startups with the support of the ExperTS programme by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As a result we can now offer our partners expertise around the vast opportunities in Nigeria’s digital sectors. Nigeria has the most valuable African startup ecosystem and close to 100 million Nigerian are connected to the internet by now. Our Head of Department, Lotte Elsa Goos, is continuously sourcing promising innovation and business opportunities that bridge the expertise and resources of Nigerian digital entrepreneurs, German digital entrepreneurs and German or European corporations. We invite our partners and interested clients to contact her to get insights into digital innovations in their respective fields, or to inquire about opportunities to implement digital projects with the support of cooperation opportunities of German government agencies, including the GIZ Make-IT Alliance and the Strategic Partnership for Digital Africa.


Our experience has shown, that supporting digital projects or entering partnerships with tech startups or SMEs is a promising way for our German partners to enter the Nigerian market, and to identify and invest in local talent and innovations. Below three such projects are highlighted.

 

Aerial data services for construction, engineering, and telecommunications companies


Track Your Build (TYB) is a big data company that collects data on road infrastructure, telecommunications towers and oil & gas structures. This data captures the conditions of assets or measure progress benchmarks for ongoing work. They use drones and satellites to collect the data, and visualize the data to process and analyze it. Their outputs enable clients to make more informed decisions around their assets for maintenance or expansion purposes. TYB is part of the Make-IT Accelerator and can offer innovative services to corporates in the construction, engineering, telecommunications sectors.


Innovative healthcare pilot project to be launched in Lagos State


The Nigerian healthcare startup LifeBank and Darmstadt-based TEC4MED LifeScience GmbH are working on a joint pilot project to bring state-of-the-art healthcare solutions to last-mile hospitals in Lagos State. The LifeBank big data smart delivery platform combined with the Nelumbox smart end-to-end cold-chain solution will significantly reduce the occurrence of hospital stockouts and improve the condition of important medical products. Matching big data of LifeBank with the first active Internet-of-Things (IoT) cooling technology of Nelumbox is a pilot project with an immense future potential in digitizing healthcare in Nigeria and thus to save thousands of lives. LifeBank and Nelumbox are open to various types of partnerships and investment. German speakers can find an interesting article about LifeBank here.

 

Digital Clinics for Improved Primary Healthcare


95% of all Nigerian doctors practice in urban or peri-urban areas, and modern technology enables new horizons in primary healthcare accessibility in rural areas. The use of electronic health records in Kenya shortened patient visits by 22%, doctor time per patient was reduced by 58%, and patients spent 38% less time waiting in a clinic. Furthermore, the new advancements in artificial intelligence and smart portable devices can train nurses to take over even more of the work of the understaffed doctors. The Nigerian-German company African Founders plans to build a highly efficient, lean, and high-quality outpatient clinic in underserved communities, and to leverage technology to combine operational efficiency with a superior patient experience. Successful clinics using such approaches can be found in South Africa (Quali Health), the USA, and India. They are building a system where patients are treated holistically with prevention measures, health tips, medication reminders, patient communities, and more via app and phone service. To this end, they would be eager to partner with technology providers in the medical field who are willing to test their innovations in the Nigerian market.

 

 

Lotte Elsa Goos
Head of New Economy and Start-ups
goos(at)lagos-ahk.de

Tel: +234 12700746 Ext: 106