GE and Silicon Valley-based Santa Clara University’s Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship have named the 17 startups selected to join the first cohort of the “healthymagination” programme, which aims to support social enterprises addressing maternal and/or child health.
The healthymagination mother and child programme aims to help participants strengthen their business models, refine business plans, reinforce organisational development, manage talent, and learn how to scale sustainably.
The programme begins with a three-day in-person event in Nairobi; after which participants will complete six months’ of online training, including weekly mentoring from Silicon Valley-based executives.
The programme culminates with an Investor Showcase to be held in February in Nairobi.
17 social enterprises from seven countries in Africa have been selected to participate in the first cohort.
Seven of the selected participants come from Kenya; three come from Nigeria, and three from Uganda; while Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia have one representative each.
The Kenyan startups selected are Access Afya; ayzh; Health-E-Net; Hewa Tele; Lwala Community Alliance; Tulivu Imaging; and Village Hopecore International.
Nigeria is represented by Outreach Medical Services; PurpleSource Healthcare; and SaferMom.
LifeNet International; Nurture Africa; and The Shanti Uganda Society; come from Uganda.
The cohort is completed by Ethiopia’s Telemed Medical Services; Ghana’s Peach Health; Rwanda’s Health Builders; and Zambia’s Live Well Social Enterprise Business.