General Electric and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship have announced 14 social entrepreneurs will graduate its healthymagination Mother and Child Programme, pitching to an audience of potential investors at a “Premier Pitch” event later today in Nairobi, Kenya.
Announced last year, the programme was aimed at supporting social entrepreneurs solving maternal and child health problems in sub-Saharan Africa through a blend of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial acumen and venture impact investing.
Following calls for applications, 16 social entrepreneurs were selected for the programme. They began by attending a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by a six-month online program accompanied by weekly, in-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley-based executives.
The programme helped the entrepreneurs acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.
14 of the 16 social entrepreneurs have now completed the programme and will pitch their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors in Nairobi later today.
“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,” said Jay Ireland, President & CEO, GE Africa