The finalists are 18 social entrepreneurs working in nine countries in Africa – Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.
In no particular order, the social entrepreneurs and their enterprises/startups are described below.
Dr. Daphne Ngunjiri (Kenya) – Access Afya.
Habib Anwar and Zubaida Bai (Kenya) – ayzh.
Pratap Kumar (Kenya) – Health-E-Net.
Steve Alred Adudans (Kenya) – Hewa Tele.
Stefanie Weiland (Uganda, Burundi, and DRC) – LifeNet International.
Charles Kalonga (Zambia) – Live Well Social Enterprise Business.
Julius Mbeya and Ash Lauren Rogers (Kenya) – Lwala Community Alliance.
Brian Iredale (Uganda) – Nurture Africa.
Dr. Segun Ebitanmi (Nigeria) – Outreach Medical Services.
Cobby Amoah (Ghana) – Peach Health.
Olufemi Sunmonu (Nigeria) – PurpleSource Healthcare.
Adeloye Olanrewaju (Nigeria) – SaferMom.
Yohans Emiru (Ethiopia) – Telemed Medical Services.
Natalie Angell-Besseling (Uganda) – The Shanti Uganda Society.
Matthew Rehrig (Kenya) – Tulivu Imaging.
Anne Gildea (Kenya) – Village Hopecore International.
These entrepreneurs will be helped to strengthen their business models, refine business plans, reinforce organizational development, manage talent and learn how to scale sustainably.
They will begin the program by attending a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. This will take place from July 18 – 20, 2016 at The Capital Club East Africa.
This will be followed by a six-month online program accompanied by weekly, in-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley-based executives and GE business leaders.
The program will end with an Investor Showcase in Nairobi in February 2017.
The program has a bold objective: to improve the health of women and children in sub-Saharan Africa by training and mentoring local social enterprises that are addressing this pressing challenge.