Interview with this year's Accelerator scale-up winner

The Making More Health (MMH) Accelerator is an 11-month business program conducted under the MMH Initiative, supporting social entrepreneurs in the health space through co-creation, financial and business expertise support. The program arose from the long-lasting collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka. Boehringer’s business insights, combined with Ashoka’s extensive knowledge of social entrepreneurship, provide a solid foundation and a structured process to engage with social entrepreneurs and co-create promising and sustainable business models.

Three social ventures participated in the 2020 accelerator program, ranging from maternal help to support screening and diagnostic technologies to a network of primary healthcare providers. After completing the first phase of the accelerator program, all three were invited again to pitch for a combined total of 300.000 Euros in scale-up funding.

This year's Accelerator scale-up winners, Cowtribe is an animal health social enterprise from Tamale, Ghana, which delivers animal vaccines and drugs to smallholder farmers in hard-to-reach rural areas across Ghana. Their focus during the accelerator was on piloting a go-to-market strategy for commercial farmers in addition to establishing a network of fulfillment centers located closer to the rural smallholder farmers to improve supply chain and distribution efficiencies. 

Watch our interview with Alima Bawah & Peter Awin, co-founders of Cowtribe, Sarah Jefferson, Director at Ashoka, and Jan-Cassen Kraus from Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health business, as we talk about how the Accelerator program fits into the bigger MMH picture and the many ways companies like Boehringer Ingelheim can benefit from collaborations with social entrepreneurs.