14 African social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa have graduated from the GE healthymagination Mother and Child Programme.
The 14 social enterprises are Access Afya, ayzh, Health-E-Net, Hewa Tele , Lwala Community Alliance and Village HopeCore International from Kenya; The Shanti Uganda Society and Nurture Africa from Uganda; LifeNet International from Uganda, Burundi and the DRC; Health Builders from Rwanda; Outreach Medical Services and PurpleSource Healthcare from Nigeria; Peach Health from Ghana; and Telemed Medical Services from Ethiopia.
After a rigorous evaluation process, the social enterprises were selected to be in the first cohort of the healthymagination Mother and Child Programme. Throughout the programme, finalists attended a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by a six-month online accelerator programme that included weekly, in-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley-based executives and local GE business leaders.
The programme was designed to help the social entrepreneurs acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.
“GE believes there is much for social enterprises and large businesses to learn from each other. As the centre of the ecosystem, social entrepreneurs are key to building Africa’s sustainable future,” said Executive Director of healthymagination, Robert Wells.
“The GE and Miller Center collaboration takes an innovative and highly practical approach to combatting this challenge, by providing social entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to expand the positive impact of their interventions,” continued Wells.
This accelerator and mentorship programme culminated in a “Premier Pitch” event taking place in Nairobi during which the 14 finalists presented their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors and supporters.
“We are thrilled to graduate our first cohort of social entrepreneurs. This group of people are helping solve some of Africa’s biggest health challenges through their initiatives aimed at improving mother and child care. This is another great example of the strong entrepreneurial spirit in Africa”, said President and CEO at GE Africa, Jay Ireland.
“Addressing the global health challenges of women and children living in sub-standard conditions or facing high-risk pregnancies demands all the determination, diligence and creative solutions we can muster,” said Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Thane Kreiner, PhD.
“Now the first cohort of social entrepreneurs is emerging, ready to begin making a tangible difference in maternal and child health by leveraging GE’s healthcare expertise and the business-building skills imparted by Miller Center’s Silicon Valley mentors,” concluded Kreiner.