Startups from Africa are encouraged to apply for the Making More Health Business Accelerator, a structured program for business growth aimed at social entrepreneurs with ground-breaking ideas in the healthcare industry.
Since 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim, a family-owned global leader and research-driven pharmaceutical firm, and Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs, have worked together on Making More Health (MMH).
In order to engage and work together on ways to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations around the world, the initiative brings together actors from the healthcare ecosystem, including social entrepreneurs, corporations, impact investors, government agencies, foundations, and local stakeholders, among others.
The program offers two stages of interaction. Phase 1, often known as the “Pilot Phase,” lasts for a year and is designed to help entrepreneurs identify strategic opportunities or difficulties linked to the expansion, sustainability, and impact of their social enterprises. It also focuses on helping them co-create and test appropriate solutions.
Phase 2, dubbed the “Scale-up Phase,” likewise lasts 12 months and is dedicated to assisting participants in scaling up effective solutions from the engagement’s initial phase. Participants in both phases are given access to technical assistance from Boehringer Ingelheim staff members, strategic networks, financial resources, and a forum for interaction with other social entrepreneurs and ecosystem actors.
The accelerator’s main objective is to encourage social entrepreneurs who have creative ideas for improving healthcare access in Sub-Saharan Africa. Both the human and animal health fields may hold the answers. It is currently choosing participants from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Ghana to name a few.
Applications are available here and are due on January 13.