LifeBank mobilizes blood donations through startup incubator program
Nigerian native Temie Giwa-Tubosun was horrified to learn that tens of thousands of people in her country die waiting for blood, not because of supply, but because of inefficient transportation systems. So she harnessed the power of blockchain and artificial intelligence to create Lifebank, an app and motorcycle network that connects blood banks to hospitals in urgent need of blood. LifeBank can now deliver 10,000 pints of blood in a single hour and is expanding to more countries across the developing world.
To scale quickly, LifeBank enrolled in the incubator program at CcHUB, a Nigerian innovation center and Google for Startups partner dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. During their tenure at CcHUB—which focuses on smart infrastructure, healthtech, digital security, and education—LifeBank signed up over 160 hospitals, made over $90,000 in revenue, and delivered over 9000 pints of blood to hospitals. Upon exit, LifeBank raised $200,000 from Growth Capital fund by CcHUB, EchoVC, and Fola Laoye.
LifeBank uses a Google Maps API technology to deliver supply chain sensitive medical products such as blood, vaccines, and oxygen. Doctors can now request a blood type and immediately access a map that tracks the journey of the delivery. "Without a technology like Google Maps, we’d be in the dark," said Temi. The model has been so successful that LifeBank plans to expand to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, as well as Kaduna, a state in northern Nigeria.