Biotechnology Startups in Africa

Step into the thriving world of Biotechnology startups in Africa, where innovators are rewriting the rules and redefining what's possible. Our carefully curated list is your passport to explore the trailblazers who are shaping this dynamic sector. Discover their bold solutions, game-changing products, and out-of-the-box thinking as they forge new paths in Biotechnology.

Cummulative Funding

$361.7M+

Total # of Companies

30

Total Deal Count

65

Total M&A Count

1

Total # of Investors

104

List of Biotechnology startups in Africa

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StartupOverviewLast roundTotal raisedFounded
1.

Agriprotein specializes in nutrient recycling to create sustainable sources of protein for the mono-gastric animal feed industry.

Venture

$ 122,500,000

2008

2.

Ethomed develops treatments for neglected diseases.

Series B

$ 100,000,000

2015

3.

LifeQ is a SA biotech startup which provides users with access to health information derived from wearable devices.

Series A

$ 47,000,000

2014

4.

54gene addresses the significant gap in the global genomics market; Nearly 90% of genetic material used in pharmaceutical research is Caucasian.

Series B

$ 45,000,000

2019

5.

nextProtein produces insect-based protein for animal feed stocks in a quest to accelerate sustainable agriculture and tackle resource scarcity.

Series A

$ 12,840,000

2015

6.

Inseco is redefining protein creation & facilitating the transition towards a circular economy

Seed

$ 5,300,000

2017

7.

Yemaachi is a biotech company that is working to lower the economic burden of cancer.

Grant

$ 4,125,000

2020

8.

Nawah Scientific is the go-to place to outsource your scientific and analytical services online

Funding Round

$ 3,150,000

2014

9.

AzarGen is a biotech company focused on developing human therapeutic proteins using advanced genetic engineering & synthetic biology

Series B

$ 3,100,000

2009

10.

Genius Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company manufacturing modern biotechnology products for human pharmaceutical use.

Venture

$ 2,900,000

1982

11.

Scientifically-robust nutrigenomics (personalised nutrition guided by your own genetic stack). Practitioner education & genomic reporting

Series A

$ 2,500,000

2018

12.

BioCertica is a biotechnology company that combines advanced genetic testing with encryption technology to create Africa鈥檚 first digital biobank.

Seed

$ 2,250,000

2019

13.

IndyGeneUS AI is a US-based, pan-African Bioinformatics starttup

Grant

$ 1,745,000

2020

14.

Proteinea is an insect-based biotechnology startup based in Egypt/US.

Convertible Note

$ 590,000

2019

15.

Ecodudu is a Kenyan waste-to-value company operating in Kenya鈥檚 animal feed and agricultural inputs value chains.

Funding Round

$ 550,000

2017

16.

Valorigo is a creative group of people who are developing Biotechnology and Tech solutions.

Non-equity Assistance

$ 50,000

2020

17.

LONO is a biotechnology company in C么te d'Ivoire, converting organic waste into electricity and fertilizer.

Grant

$ 20,000

2016

18.

Natrify is an Egyptian startup that provides sustainable solutions for the plastic industry through biotechnology.

Pre-seed

Undisclosed

2020

19.

Bixbio is a biotechnology company working to unlock the potential of diverse genetic data in Africa to transform the field of precision medicine.

Seed

Undisclosed

2020

20.

mycelium is a biotechnological startup which uses the root structure of mushroom to grow bio material

Seed

Undisclosed

2020

Founded

2008

Overview

Agriprotein specializes in nutrient recycling to create sustainable sources of protein for the mono-gastric animal feed industry.

Last round

Venture

Total raised

$ 122,500,000

Employee

101-250

Ethomed

Founded

2015

Overview

Ethomed develops treatments for neglected diseases.

Last round

Series B

Total raised

$ 100,000,000

Employee

11-50

LifeQ

Founded

2014

Overview

LifeQ is a SA biotech startup which provides users with access to health information derived from wearable devices.

Last round

Series A

Total raised

$ 47,000,000

Employee

51-200

54Gene

Founded

2019

Overview

54gene addresses the significant gap in the global genomics market; Nearly 90% of genetic material used in pharmaceutical research is Caucasian.

Last round

Series B

Total raised

$ 45,000,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2015

Overview

nextProtein produces insect-based protein for animal feed stocks in a quest to accelerate sustainable agriculture and tackle resource scarcity.

Last round

Series A

Total raised

$ 12,840,000

Employee

11-50

Inseco

Founded

2017

Overview

Inseco is redefining protein creation & facilitating the transition towards a circular economy

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 5,300,000

Employee

2-10

Founded

2020

Overview

Yemaachi is a biotech company that is working to lower the economic burden of cancer.

Last round

Grant

Total raised

$ 4,125,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2014

Overview

Nawah Scientific is the go-to place to outsource your scientific and analytical services online

Last round

Funding Round

Total raised

$ 3,150,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2009

Overview

AzarGen is a biotech company focused on developing human therapeutic proteins using advanced genetic engineering & synthetic biology

Last round

Series B

Total raised

$ 3,100,000

Employee

1-10

Founded

1982

Overview

Genius Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company manufacturing modern biotechnology products for human pharmaceutical use.

Last round

Venture

Total raised

$ 2,900,000

Employee

1-10

Founded

2018

Overview

Scientifically-robust nutrigenomics (personalised nutrition guided by your own genetic stack). Practitioner education & genomic reporting

Last round

Series A

Total raised

$ 2,500,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2019

Overview

BioCertica is a biotechnology company that combines advanced genetic testing with encryption technology to create Africa鈥檚 first digital biobank.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 2,250,000

Employee

11-50

Founded

2020

Overview

IndyGeneUS AI is a US-based, pan-African Bioinformatics starttup

Last round

Grant

Total raised

$ 1,745,000

Employee

2-10

Proteinea

Founded

2019

Overview

Proteinea is an insect-based biotechnology startup based in Egypt/US.

Last round

Convertible Note

Total raised

$ 590,000

Employee

11-50

Ecodudu

Founded

2017

Overview

Ecodudu is a Kenyan waste-to-value company operating in Kenya鈥檚 animal feed and agricultural inputs value chains.

Last round

Funding Round

Total raised

$ 550,000

Employee

2-10

Valorigo

Founded

2020

Overview

Valorigo is a creative group of people who are developing Biotechnology and Tech solutions.

Last round

Non-equity Assistance

Total raised

$ 50,000

Employee

11-50

Lono

Founded

2016

Overview

LONO is a biotechnology company in C么te d'Ivoire, converting organic waste into electricity and fertilizer.

Last round

Grant

Total raised

$ 20,000

Employee

11-50

Natrify

Founded

2020

Overview

Natrify is an Egyptian startup that provides sustainable solutions for the plastic industry through biotechnology.

Last round

Pre-seed

Total raised

$ 0

Employee

2-10

BixBio

Founded

2020

Overview

Bixbio is a biotechnology company working to unlock the potential of diverse genetic data in Africa to transform the field of precision medicine.

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 0

Employee

2-10

Mycelium

Founded

2020

Overview

mycelium is a biotechnological startup which uses the root structure of mushroom to grow bio material

Last round

Seed

Total raised

$ 0

Employee

11-50

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