MMH Bag2thefuture Competition 2020/21

The finalists of the "Bag2thefuture Competition 2020/21" have been chosen. The final projects were selected on Tuesday – even though this year's jury could only exchange information via Skype due to the current situation.

Nine innovative award-winning projects

Making More Health (MMH) received more than 20 applications from Boehringer Ingelheim teams around the world already in February, from which nine final projects were finally selected. The projects could not different more from each other: Be it an innovative learning system for medical professionals in Brazil or a program for "happy cows and happy farmers" in India and Kenya – the projects are as diverse as their teams. The decision-making committee, consisting of participants from the MMH Leadership Program and colleagues from the management level, assessed the ideas based on their sustainability, innovation, intrapreneurship, team strength and feasibility. The decision was not easy, as all projects are based on a major socieal need. "The proposals were very good as they are all indicative of the diversity of talents and show the different approaches of each project. Their common goal is to have a positive impact on society," adds a colleague.

Social entrepreneurial ideas from different continents

In total, Boehringer Ingelheim employees from over 12 different countries have joined forces to work together on various projects, some of which are cross functional. MMH supports this social entrepreneurial commitment with "intrapreneurial know-how", networking and communication as well as a small financial contribution. In addition, participants are given the opportunity to connect with other social entrepreneurs from MMH partner Ashoka. "Bag2thefuture offers the chance to develop new ideas and to think and implement them in a social entrepreneurial environment. It offers the possibility to get involved in a start-up project, and it motivates to find a creative approach to new challenges. The program thus promotes the overall ability to be an intrapreneur," adds a member of the judging-panel. 

In May, the finalists of the nine projects will come together in a virtual workshop to exchange information about their projects. In advance, they will have two months to compile a detailed concept before the projects will enter the one-year test and implementation phase. "A large number of projects from the previous competition are pursuing their activities to this day, far beyond the competition itself. They thus continue to contribute to both human and animal health. That's great! We hope that this social commitment will also be achieved in this year's competition," says Manuela Pastore, MMH.

Roxana Frey