Shifting to the next gear – MMH Accelerator scales up its support

Now in its third year, the Making More Health Accelerator program has been supporting innovative social entrepreneurs (SEs) in the animal and human health sectors operating in Africa to scale the impact of their social enterprises and to achieve financial sustainability. So far, the accelerator program has supported ten social entrepreneurs from Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. By providing financing and business expertise support from Boehringer Ingelheim employees on-site, we are strengthening existing models and co-creating new, innovative solutions addressing unmet healthcare needs in sub Sahara Africa. Additionally, the program supports the social entrepreneurs in securing third party investment and strives to create a changemaker community powered by the entrepreneurs, Boehringer Ingelheim employees and Ashoka.

Especially now, with the ongoing pandemic bringing new challenges to the entire MMH community, we need to stay on track and ensure that promising enterprises have the resources they need to deliver positive health impacts to their communities. Consequently, we are proud to host three SEs from the 2019 cohort today. They will be pitching for EUR 300k of additional scale-up funding to a panel of Boehringer Ingelheim & Ashoka MMH executive sponsors.

These scale-up resources are in addition to the EUR 580k of emergency funding that are already being distributed to support the broader MMH community on the ground as part of our COVID-19 relief efforts.

This event was originally planned in-person in Ingelheim, but with the current environment, the pitches will be done virtually.

Here’s an overview of the social enterprises that will be pitching:

Cowtribe: 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 fulfilment centers located closer to the rural smallholder farmers in order to improve supply chain and distribution efficiencies. (Social Entrepreneur: Peter Awin and Alima Bawah

Jacaranda Maternity: Delivers child and maternal healthcare to upper-lower to middle income communities in Kenya. Their focus during the accelerator was on piloting an independent business unit for high-risk pregnancy cases caused by non-communicable diseases in order to increase social impact while generating more revenue. (Social Entrepreneur: Sawan Shah

Yako medical: Delivers and supports screening and diagnostic technologies to a network of primary healthcare providers to increase access, quality and affordability of healthcare services in Nigeria and Cameroon. Their focus during the accelerator was on piloting the application of a digital software platform to manage patient data and facilitate referrals for NCD patients in need of advanced diagnosis and treatment services. (Social Entrepreneur: Ngu Morcho

Stay tuned for a full feature of this years’ winners, which we will be publishing in the coming weeks.