Nigerian Digital Primary Healthcare startup that connects individuals and businesses to health practitioners, Clafiya, has announced the raise of $610,000 in a pre-seed round.
The pre-seed round saw participation from Angel Investors, Grants, VC funds, and contributions from other investors such as Norrsken Accelerator, Hustle Fund, Voltron Capital, Acquired Wisdom Fund (AWF), Microtraction, Ajim Capital, HoaQ, Bold Angel Fund, Shivdasani family.
Clafiya intends to use the funds secured to introduce a business platform that allows well-meaning businesses to purchase health plans for their employees to keep their productivity levels high. Also, it wants to expand its reach and partnerships, as well as hire great minds and talent.
Speaking on Microtraction’s early investment in Clafiya, Dayo Koleowo, a partner at Microtarction said,
“Clafiya’s mission to provide seamless access to primary healthcare for Africans and the approach to tackling the existing underperforming alternatives was interesting to us at Microtraction. 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”.
Also commenting on the recent funds raised by Clafiya, Google’s startup Fund Manager, Olufemi Omoniyi said,
“We are excited to see Clafiya raise this funding, and we are inspired by the team’s commitment to using technology to address a pressing need in Africa. As part of the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund 2022 cohort, Clafiya demonstrated immense potential and dedication in addressing the healthcare challenges faced by individuals and businesses”.
In some parts of the African continent, it is still hard to access healthcare either because of the lack of healthcare personnel or their distance to health centers. Clafiya seeks to eliminate these challenges, by allowing individuals access to affordable healthcare in Nigeria. It connects patients in rural and peri-urban areas to community health workers.
Founded in 2020 by Itoro Inoyo and Jennie Nwokoye, Clafiya is on a mission to connect Nigerians in need of medical attention, to vetted primary healthcare providers who could bring the care services to their homes.
The healthcare startup eliminates the hassle people face in juggling multiple healthcare services and bills, through its comprehensive health plan that gives them access to top-notch care, including specialists, diagnostics, and medication delivery.
As internet connection is not always available in the areas targeted by Clafiya founders, the platform is accessible via a USSD code (*347*58#). Users can then dial the code, register by providing a set of information, and booking primary care anytime they want.
Clarify also eliminates the issue of missing files or misplaced folders, by allowing customers to access and download all their health records, pre-schedule appointments, time and place all on one dashboard.
Starting from Enugu, the startup has offered affordable and quality healthcare services to Nigerians and since then expanded to other cities such as Lagos and Abuja. Similarly, it has grown its team to 24 talented people working to reimagine what healthcare service delivery could look like in Nigeria.
The two-year-old startup makes money from the services they provide to customers (individuals and businesses) and shared profit from its operational partners and HMO. With these, the startup has grown its revenue by 15% month-on-month while increasing its patient’s life expectancy by a similar margin.
The startup partners with Google, Norrsken, The World Bank, Novartis, and several others to give users an amazing experience.