Health Innovation Program
The Health Innovation program at Impact Hub Accra is focused on creating a vibrant, pan-African health innovation ecosystem through a diverse offering of health-related programming, including hackathons, pitch competitions, and social enterprise acceleration. Led by director Emily Sheldon, the Health Innovation program partners with the government, industry, academia, and health sectors to improve health outcomes in West Africa through the lens of entrepreneurship.
In August 2016, the Health Innovation program hosted Health Hack Accra, the first health innovation hackathon in West Africa. The hackathon, which brought together over 125 participants, provided teams of 3-6 entrepreneurs 48-hours of work space, internet, meals, mentorship, and workshops to prepare their best solutions to major health challenges throughout Ghana. The Health Innovation team is currently incubating four startups from Health Hack Accra in the Merck Entrepreneurial Development Space (MEDspace), located at Impact Hub Accra.
Key partners for the Health Innovation program include Merck, Hack for Big Choices, the Yale School of Management, the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University, Facebook, and more.