Kenya-based healthtech startup raises round from group of 8 investors

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A Nairobi-based digital healthcare company has raised a round of funding from a group of 8 investors led by DOB Equity, Launch Africa, and Founders Factory Africa, to support its plans to roll out its service across Africa. Between them, the investors are putting KShs 151 million (or approximately $1.3 million) into Zuri Health at an undisclosed valuation. The other investors participating in the round are Asime Ventures, Platform Capital, the Salik Family Trust, V8 Capital, and Villagro Africa. As part of the round, Platform Capital’s Chairman Akintoye Akindele is joining Zuri Health’s advisory board.

Zuri connects mass-market patients with affordable, convenient healthcare services via its own app as well as SMS and WhatsApp. Starting out in Kenya in January 2021, the startup has struck agreements with over 16 major mobile network operators serving more than 400,000 SMS subscribers, making the app available in seven additional countries; Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.

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