GE graduates first batch African Social Entrepreneurs

The healthyimagination Mother and Child Programme has graduated 14 social entrepreneurs.

They completed training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa.

After a rigorous evaluation process, the social enterprises were selected to be in the first cohort of the healthymagination Mother and Child Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.

Throughout the programme, finalists attended a three-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by a six-month online accelerator program that included weekly, in-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley-based executives and local General Electric, GE business leaders.

The program is designed to help the social entrepreneurs acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.

“GE believes there is much for social enterprises and large businesses to learn from each other. As the centre of the ecosystem, social entrepreneurs are key to building Africa’s sustainable future,” said Robert Wells, Executive Director of healthymagination.

Mr Wells further stated that, “The GE and Miller Centre collaboration takes an innovative and highly practical approach to combating this challenge by providing social entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to expand the positive impact of their interventions.”

“This accelerator and mentorship programme culminates in a “Premier Pitch” event which the 14 finalists presented their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors and supporters.”

President & CEO, GE Africa, Jay Ireland said, “We are thrilled to graduate our first cohort of social entrepreneurs. This group of people are helping solve some of Africa’s biggest health challenges through their initiatives aimed at improving mother and child care. This is another great example of the strong entrepreneurial spirit in Africa.”

Executive Director of Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Thane Kreiner stated that, “Addressing the global health challenges of women and children living in sub-standard conditions or facing high-risk pregnancies demands all the determination, diligence and creative solutions we can muster.”

“Now the first cohort of social entrepreneurs is emerging, ready to begin making a tangible difference in maternal and child health by leveraging GE’s healthcare expertise and the business-building skills imparted by Miller Centre’s Silicon Valley mentors.”