General Electric/Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (Business Development Training for Social Entrepreneurs)

Application Deadline: May 18th 2016

General Electric and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship have announced a partnership that focuses on training and mentoring social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. The program enables more women to experience better health by improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of care.

The healthymagination Mother & Child program aims to help social enterprises addressing maternal and/or child health strengthen their business models, refine business plans, reinforce organizational development, manage talent, and learn how to scale sustainably. Enterprises that provide infrastructure services or facilities associated with needs from pregnancy to pediatric care are also eligible to apply. The program is being offered to 15-to-20 selected participants.

Benefits

Selected social entrepreneurs from Nigeria Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, South Africa and Angola will be taken through a detailed training programme. Other countries where the social entrepreneurs who apply will be screened include Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Senegal.

The programme includes 6-month’s of online training during which participants will be matched with a Silicon Valley leader who will guide them on how to develop a scalable enterprise. The programme begins in July with an in-person event in Nairobi; and ends with an investor showcase in February 2017, also in Nairobi.

To be considered for the program, qualified leaders of social enterprises need to apply by May 18, 2016. Selected finalists will be announced after a formal review and interview process by a panel of judges from GE and Miller Center.

Participants will learn business fundamentals and how to improve strategic thinking. If selected they are expected to articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are a leader of for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid enterprise
  • Your organization is operational
  • You want to grow your impact
  • You are creating solutions for maternal and child health care in sub-Saharan Africa

Accelerate Your Business

  • Understand the business skills health care enterprises need to keep going and growing
  • Receive weekly, in-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley executives
  • Receive specialized support from senior-level GE experts
  • Build a stronger business plan
  • Prepare a financial plan for growth
  • Attain operational excellence

Benefit Your Community

  • Reduce the number of preventable deaths of pregnant women and babies
  • Improve affordability, quality and efficiency of health care through the use of GE Products, like vital sign monitors and infant warmers
  • Provide access to surgical care in regions that need it most

Timeline:

  • May 18, 2016 : Applications due
  • June 1- 15, 2016 : Interviews (By Phone)
  • June 20, 2016 : Finalists notified
  • July 18-20, 2016 : Workshop (Nairobi)
  • July 25, 2016 : Online program begins
  • January 2017 : Online program ends
  • February 2017 : Investor Showcase (Nairobi)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the healthymagination Mother & Child program

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