Calling Entrepreneurs Social Impact Ideas wanted for Mother & Child Programme

The healthymagination Mother & Child programme uses Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute’s practice of helping social entrepreneurs fulfil their promise of solving big social problems.  

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GE has previously supported innovative entrepreneurs, including through the Power Africa initiative for off-grid energy solutions, such as solar-powered grain mills and electric bicycles. play

GE has previously supported innovative entrepreneurs, including through the Power Africa initiative for off-grid energy solutions, such as solar-powered grain mills and electric bicycles.

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In 2015, global leaders adopted the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The third goal that of good health and wellbeing, can be challenging for many countries to progress.

Now, a new partnership between GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, will contribute to this by supporting social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health innovations. Applications are open, and interventions must focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

The healthymagination Mother & Child programme is aimed at social enterprises focused in the following areas:

  • Delivery of health services to mothers and children
  • Medical equipment distribution, training, use or maintenance
  • Development of products or technologies that improve knowledge and/or access to care, such as telemedicine, mobile technologies, data analysis or image interpretation or Infrastructure services or facilities associated with needs from pregnancy to paediatric care

Qualified leaders of for-profit, non-profit or hybrid enterprises need to apply online by 18 May 2016, in order to be considered.

Finalists will be announced after a formal review and interview process by a panel of judges from both GE and the Miller Centre, on 20 June, and will be invited to pitch directly to active investors in February 2017.

Thanks to the programme, more women in the region will experience better quality healthcare that’s also more affordable and accessible. At the same time, social enterprises addressing maternal and child health will be able to strengthen their business models, refine business plans, and measure their impact.

The healthymagination Mother & Child programme uses Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute’s practice of helping social entrepreneurs fulfil their promise of solving big social problems.  

We share GE’s healthymagination vision for coming up with new ways to address global health challenges,” said Thane Kreiner, executive director at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.This partnership will help social entrepreneurs improve maternal and child health in a region that has limited access to skilled health care providers” he adds.

This unique collaboration is an opportunity to increase the access and familiarity of GE solutions in Africa,” said Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa. “The healthymagination Mother & Child program will empower sub-Saharan African social enterprises with skills training and economic development needed to improve maternal and child health across communities.

GE has previously supported innovative entrepreneurs, including through the Power Africa initiative for off-grid energy solutions, such as solar-powered grain mills and electric bicycles.

For more information and to apply, visit the programme page

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