African startups have been invited to apply for the third edition of the Making More Health Co-Creation Accelerator, which helps entrepreneurs design and test innovations in the healthcare space.
Ashoka, a network of social entrepreneurs, and pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, joined forces to launch the Making More Health (MMH) initiative in 2011. MMH brings together the best experience in social innovation and global healthcare to improve healthcare access for people and animals in underserved communities around the world.
The MMH Co-creation Accelerator, currently in its third year, is a structured social enterprise support programme consisting of 12 months of design and implementation to pilot a new strategy or element of a business model, culminating in a pitch for further scale-up.
The winners of this pitch will continue into a second 12-month phase of scale-up support. In both phases of the programme, participants have access to financial and technical support from Ashoka, Boehringer Ingelheim and social investment experts.
“A key highlight of the programme is its co-creation approach that links Boehringer Ingelheim employees and participating social enterprises, so they may continue to collaborate around shared solutions for healthcare access,” the organisers said.
“Upon exiting the accelerator programme, participants join a growing alumni community of like-minded social entrepreneurs with continued access to technical support, best practice sharing and networking.”
Applications are open here until February 7, with the programme running for 12 months from April 1.