Black-Owned Startup Healthtracka Raises $1.5M In Seed Funding

Nigerian health tech startup, Healthtracka, has raised $1.5 million in its first official funding stage. The funding round, which was hosted by Africa-focused VC Ingressive Capital and US-based venture fund Hustle Fund, also included Angel investors, Flying Doctors, and Alumni Angel Alliance.

Healthtracka, which was co-founded by Victor Amusan and Ifeoluwa Dare-Johnson in May 2021, works with lab partners to help detect early cancer patients. The organization has set up a website that allows people to book lab tests online and get their results back within 48 hours.

“As a scientist, I studied biochemistry in school and worked in the lab, so I knew how important diagnostics was. But it wasn’t until about four years ago, when my sad had passed, that I started to look closely into the space,” Ifeoluwa Dare-Johnson, co-founder of Healthtracka, said in an interview with Tech Crunch.  

“We live in Africa, where healthcare infrastructure is poor. So, you would think that, that would make people more conscious about their health – unfortunately, that’s not the case.”   

The at-home lab testing program, which allows Nigerians to carry out all types of medical lab tests, from sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests to full body checks and Covid tests, has delivered over 7,000 lab tests across seven Nigerian cities. Not only has it helped save lives, but it has also given people the comfort of being able to carry out tests from their own home.

The healthcare tech company primarily focuses on preventive care to help identify risk factors for serious disease in adults and partners with lab centers – which sends phlebotomists to consumers’ homes to diagnose them.

Healthtracka is hoping to grow their company by launching a new subscription plan for all its customers and expand their services to Kenya and Ghana before the end of the year.

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpamika is a tech reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.

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