Call for applications: Social innovation and global healthcare to improve health-care access for people, animals and their communities in Kenya, Ghana or Nigeria

The MMH Accelerator is a structured, 11-month business accelerator program offered under the MMH Initiative that supports social entrepreneurs with well-established startups in the health space with an opportunity to strengthen and scale their work via the reach and operations of a multinational healthcare company through co-creation. Through the MMH Accelerator, participants are provided with tailored access to expertise and capacity building to unlock their next phase of growth.
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Since 2011, Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs and Boehringer Ingelheim, a family-owned world leading and research-driven Pharmaceutical company, have collaborated to create and grow the global initiative – Making More Health (MMH).   

Making More Health brings together the best experience in social innovation and global healthcare to improve health-care access for people, animals and their communities around the world.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The MMH Accelerator is a structured, 11-month business accelerator program offered under the MMH Initiative that supports social entrepreneurs with well-established startups in the health space with an opportunity to strengthen and scale their work via the reach and operations of a multinational healthcare company through co-creation.  Through the MMH Accelerator, participants are provided with tailored access to expertise and capacity building to unlock their next phase of growth. A unique feature of the program is its co-creation approach – which involves participating social entrepreneurs working hand-in-hand with Boehringer Ingelheim employees to collaboratively design and implement relevant interventions. At the end of the accelerator, social entrepreneurs with successful interventions will have the opportunity to present their solutions to Boehringer Ingelheim’s leadership team as well as social investors to attract further investment.   

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Social entrepreneurs with well-established startups in the human (non- communicable diseases) or animal health space are encouraged to apply, if their organizations meet the following criteria; 

  • Late stage startups (at least two years old) in human health (non-communicable diseases) or animal health.
  • Fully registered legal entity that is at least two years old.
  • Post revenue with a product, customers and sales.
  • Established with an office, team, basic systems and processes in place.
  • Operating in Kenya, Ghana or Nigeria.
  • Open to work with a pharmaceutical company such as Boehringer Ingelheim in a co-creation approach.
  • Capacity to dedicate a full-time resource(s) to execute MMH Accelerator activities. 
  • Potential to create shared-value through co-creation
  • Disruptive potential of innovation
  • Strategic fit for Boehringer Ingelheim

BENEFITS

  1. Trainings (both virtual and in-person) on business growth and scaling strategies, investor engagement and pitching, tailored to the strategic needs of your organization. 
  2. Access to technical expertise (in-person) in finance, strategy, operations, information technology, marketing and social investing among others to help you address strategic capacity gaps specific to your organization.
  3. Access to strategic networks including: social investors, leading social entrepreneurs in the health care space and executive team members from Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka.  
  4. Funding of up to Euros 50k in cash plus additional in-kind expertise valued at Euros 100k. 
  5. Investor engagement support including preparation of investor engagement materials and facilitated access to investors.
Dateline for submission: 15 February 2019
 

Source: Ashoka / Boehringer Ingelheim

Illustration Photo: Hapsatou Ka was a housewife and mother up until 2010 when she began working with USAID Yaajeende. She was nominated by her community and trained by the project as a "Community Based Solution Provider", a local social entrepreneur who facilitates the community's access to broad range of products and services that are needed to improve the quality of local agricultural production and enhance the health of the local populations. Hapsatou has become one of the most dynamic CBSPs (out of approximately 400) and has a great diversity of products and services. She works with firms in Dakar to provide a range of products such as seeds, fertilizers, fortified foods, and other product to local clients and is paid a commission by the firms on her sales. At the same time, Hapsatou provides support services to local people about how to use the products and gain the most from them. She also provides training and education for local people on a wide variety of agriculture and nutrition issues. Hapsatou is an entrepreneur that is helping her community by undertaking a thriving social enterprise that also allows her to earn a living and provide for her family. (credits: USAID U.S. Agency for International Development https://stories.usaid.gov/hapsatou-for-senegals-health/ / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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