TechEmerge Health Challenge

The Global Tech Challenge, launched at CES 2020, is presented by CES® and the World Bank Group.


The application period has ended.

Why Enter the Challenge

Innovators address critical development challenges while receiving support and grant funding to build their business and enter the growing African market. 

Benefits for Innovators

  • Access to a robust network of East Africa health systems and potential users or buyers of technology. 

  • Access to grant funding to support pilot projects in East Africa.

  • Guidance from the TechEmerge team and global network of advisors to develop pilot implementation and market-entry strategies. 

  • Potential investment from IFC.

Growing African Market


medical imports to Africa per year


health expenditures expected by 2022

Challenge Timeline


What We Are Looking For

We are looking for proven products, commercially installed in at least one health system around the world. 

We are seeking a wide range of health tech solutions, including the following: 

  • Point of care diagnostics. 
  • Clinical records. 
  • Patient engagement. 
  • Quality management.
  • Operational efficiency. 
  • Training. 

More About IFC's TechEmerge Health Challenge

As part of the World Bank Group and CES Global Tech Challenge, IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, launched TechEmerge Health East Africa, a global challenge for health tech innovators from around the world who are interested in bringing their solutions to the East African market to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes and build commercial partnerships. 

More than 20 leading private health care providers in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia — representing multi-specialty hospitals, primary care clinics, labs, pharma retailers and insurers — have signed on to the program. 

IFC provides support throughout the market-entry and tech transfer process for both innovators and health care providers, mitigating financial and operational risks associated with market entry for innovators and reducing adoption risks for local health care providers. 

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