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Africa social entrepreneurs to pitch for health funding in new program

The 14 organizations were selected from Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe through a rigorous process.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 26 – Fourteen social entrepreneurs addressing maternal and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa will get funding from potential investors.

This is through the Healthymagination Mother and Child Programme that is set to train and mentor the social entrepreneurs aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa.

The programme that was launched in March 2016 by GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, 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.

The 14 organizations were selected from Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe through a rigorous process.

The kick-off workshop, which is the second workshop since the program began, will be followed by a six-month, online accelerator programme with in-depth mentorship from Silicon Valley-based executives and local GE business leaders.

“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 healthy imagination

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.

The 14 social enterprises that have been selected for the second cohort are: Afya Research Africa, Cedars Diagnostics, doctHERs, Early Reach, Liberian Energy Network, Maternity Foundation, MDaaS, MOBicure, Neopenda, Sevamob, Sisu Global Health, Southlake Medical Centre -under LiveWell, SubQ Assist and Totohealth Tanzania.

“The healthymagination Mother and Child programme will continue to provide them with mentorship and in-depth training, accelerating health innovation and furthering our goal to increase the quality, access and affordability of maternal and child health,” Wells noted.

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