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Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim Look to Africa for Global ‘Making More Health’ Accelerator

Now in its third edition, the programme has invited entrepreneurs from Africa’s growing healthtech sector to take part, as it looks to address healthcare needs across the world.

Staff Writer

Launched in 2011, Making More Health is an ongoing, multifaceted initiative, born of a collaboration between one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Ashoka, a nonprofit made up of a network of  entrepreneurs that promotes social entrepreneurship. Through various activities, the initiative holds the long term goal of improving healthcare in the communities across the world that need it most.

This is where the Making More Health Co-Creation Accelerator comes in, as the initiative looks to the world’s most innovative startups and entrepreneurs for solutions of the future. Now in its hits year, the accelerator has opened applications, marking out the increasing number of healthtech startups across Africa as a potentially rich source of innovation.

As a structured social enterprise support programme, the accelerator is made-up of two 12-month phases. The first will see the chosen entrepreneurs undertake a design and implementation programme to pilot a new strategy or new element to an existing business model. This phase will culminate in a scale-up pitch, the winners of which will then move onto a second 12-month phase curated for scale-up support. Throughout the phases, participating entrepreneurs will gain valuable access to financial and technical support via Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim, as well as other social investment experts and entrepreneurs.

Applications are open till February 7th, 2021, with a view to kicking off the first phase of the programme from April 1st. For more information, click here.


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