The Healthymagination Mother and Child Programme have taken the first big step toward achieving its objective by selecting the first group of social enterprises that will receive training and mentoring. It was launched in March 2016 by GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship to address maternal and child mortality by supporting African social entrepreneurs operating in the health sector
The selection of the 17 social entrepreneurs was done through a rigorous evaluation process. Selected from different countries in Africa, the social entrepreneurs will be the programme’s first of such group. The selected social enterprises are currently attending a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya facilitated by senior-level Miller Center mentors and GE business leaders. It is designed to help the social entrepreneurs acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes, and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.
The initial workshop will be followed by a six-month, online accelerator programme, where mentorship will be provided by high-profile Silicon Valley-based executives who have themselves undergone mentorship training by Miller Center. This accelerator and mentorship programme will culminate in a “Premier Pitch” event in Africa where the 17 participants will present their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors.
Participants will also gain specialized support and training on technologies and resources for the maternal and child health sector.