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What is the social intrapreneurship course that you offer under the Making More Health initiative?

Y.B.: It’s a six-week online course connecting a global community of health and business professionals from across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Participants learn to create a social and business impact using intrapreneurial strategies. Discussion forums, journal articles, videos, case studies and live discussions with experts are part of it. The participants learn how to drive new ideas that link social needs to business and vice versa. Participants are encouraged to build their allies one by one, to develop a team around them while aligning their ideas with key priorities. It’s about networking and ways of implementing ideas.

How many people have participated so far?

Y.B.: Established in 2014, the course has engaged more than 1,000 participants, including over 600 Boehringer Ingelheim employees. However, we invite stakeholders beyond the MMH networks to participate, learn and engage. The course is offered twice per year.

Can you give an example of the course’s impact?

Y.B.: The participants are given the skill to identify challenges, develop solutions and bring forward new ideas within their institutions. One Boehringer Ingelheim employee, Mŷ Dang, saw how the ideas and practices of Ashoka and MMH Fellow organization Noora Health could be combined to develop a new non-pharma product aligned with Boehringer’s “beyond the pill” mandate. Mŷ recognized the challenges of communication and cultural contexts that families can face when receiving care  instructions from medical professionals for important medical diagnoses. Mŷ’s initiative has resulted in new community services and potential business opportunities for Boehringer Ingelheim.

What does the course aim to achieve?

Y.B.: Social intrapreneurs are part of a complex ecosystem of players and systems inside a company. Intrapreneurs need to be innovative within existing systems and create holistic solutions. Our course helps Boehringer employees do just that.

With new examples of intrapreneurship emerging from the Making More Health partnership every day, this course promises to continue to evolve in sophistication and content. Next Course: October 28 - December 6, 2019. Apply HERE