For the second time in a row, GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is launching healthymagination Mother and Child Programme in Subsaharan Africa.
The program which first kicked off in March 2016, seeks to accelerate health innovations as it features social enterprises receiving training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal health care in Africa.
After a rigorous application and evaluation process, 14 organizations were selected to be in the programme’s second cohort of social entrepreneurs and accelerate maternal health outcomes across Africa with impact areas including, Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and more.
The program is designed to help the organizations acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes, and articulate business plans that demonstrate impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.
“Solving local health challenges calls for locally-adapted interventions and innovations, and Social Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa are playing a major role in this regard.” said Robert Wells, Executive Director of healthymagination.
“GE’s mission to work on better health for more people is evidenced by our continuing partnership to help social enterprises scale their impact,” commented Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., executive director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
The kick-off workshop will be followed by a six-month, online accelerator programme with in-depth mentorship from Silicon Valley-based executives and local GE business leaders. The accelerator and mentorship programme will culminate in a “Premier Pitch” event in Africa where the 14 organizations will present their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors.
“Nurturing a vibrant social entrepreneurship ecosystem is key for sustainable healthcare development and is a major focus area for GE in Africa”, said Farid Fezoua, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa.
“Through their various initiatives to strengthen mother and child care, these social entrepreneurs are bringing innovative approaches to tackle some of Africa’s biggest challenges and this is truly exciting.” he added.
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