Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s biggest health challenges.
About the Fund
About the Fund
The Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship is housed within the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson since 2013. We are supported by the Kletjian Foundation whose mission is to build collaborative networks and support entrepreneurial leaders that promote global health equity. The fund provides opportunities for Babson faculty and students to apply Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ETA) to global health challenges.
Meet the Team:
Wiljeana Glover, Faculty Director
Rebecca Obounou, Assistant Director
Sthuthi Jebaraj, Graduate Assistant
What is Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship?
We define Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship as a field of study and practice that aims to
- Improve Existing Healthcare Organizations & Processes,
- Create New Organizations and Processes,
- Improve How Organizations Keep All Stakeholders Healthy, with a focus on healthcare practices in the U.S. and abroad.
This definition of GHE utilizes strategic, cultural, and political lenses to meet these aims.
Why Does Global Health Need Entrepreneurship?
As our world's health care systems strain to deliver prompt effective care under countless, ever-changing barriers, the emerging field of global health entrepreneurship (GHE) at Babson College addresses the challenges posed in the field of global health. The barriers to delivering quality care are many, and they require us to think not just about one specific disease but rather about health systems overall. Entrepreneurial thought and strategic action help us re-imagine the global health agenda and think differently about the paths to poverty alleviation and building a vibrant entrepreneurial eco-system in support of local health delivery systems.
We offer a myriad of opportunities for Babson faculty and students, and the local greater Boston and international communities to connect. Through the power of collaboration, we leverage the existing work of other phenomenal partners engaged in complementary efforts to offer rich opportunities for learning and breakthrough interactions to the Babson and larger community. Among the organizations with which we have partnered include The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, Consortium for Affordable Medical (CAMTech) and Harvard Medical School Program for Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC). Below are our offerings.
- Case Studies – Through our cases, we explore health system challenges ranging from human resource development to electronic medical record systems and are freely available online to both students and educators.
- Faculty Research Funding – In partnership with the Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF), the Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship makes funds available to support faculty in research related to global health and healthcare entrepreneurship.
More on GHE Thought Leadership work
- Global Health Start-up Coaching – We offer support to new Babson student ventures that address existing challenges in the global healthcare systems.
- International Experiences– Our students have participated in a hack-a-thon on global surgery in Uganda alongside local students. We have also supervised students' international independent research course electives. We will be offering sponsored summer internships this summer.
- GHE Internships – We engage one to two student interns a year to work on our GHE efforts.
More information on our Student Programs
- Interactive learning events – Our community is able to apply their entrepreneurial and teamwork skills at our events whether the event is a hack-a-thon, or problem-solving exercise with entrepreneurs.
- Disrupting Global Health Seminar Series – This seminar series features individuals and organizations that is engaged in work that are changing global healthcare delivery systems all over the world. Topics include impact investing, off grid energy solutions and much more.
Upcoming 2017 Learning Events
IBM Watson Startup Health Weekend, March 31 - April 2
The Schlesinger Fund along with the Blank Center are sponsoring the IBM Watson Health
Startup Weekend! This experience will offer aspiring entrepreneurs:
- Introduction to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
- Experience of going from concept to creation,
- Access to experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Boston, including:
- John Daley, VP of IBM Watson Health
- Leah O'Donnell, Managing Director of Zaffer Investments
- Joe Zhou, Boston Innovation Growth
- Edward Roberts, CEO of MediTech, Founder and Chair, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Babson students are eligible for a 30% discount utilizing the "Babson" code on the registration page. More information here.
Babson Social Innovation Summit April 7-8th
The Social Innovation Summit is a student run event sponsored by the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation that stimulates entrepreneurial action for sustainable development through effective social innovation. The event connects students with real-world change-makers and corporations seeking to address global challenges. The summit also supports student social entrepreneurs. This year, GHE will host a rapid prototyping session on a challenge based on our SQUAD in Uganda: Surgical Quality Assurance Database case to be led by our case protagonist Dr. Paul Firth himself. Register for this event: http://www.babsonsocinn.org/
In the News
Addressing Poverty Through Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship
By Rebecca Obounou
Fighting Global Iron Deficiency, One Lucky Iron Fish at a Time
By Elizabeth Atwater
A Doctor, An Engineer, and An Entrepreneur Walk Into A Surgical Suite…
By Wiljeana Glover
Babson Participates in Global Surgery Hack-a-thon in Mbarara, Uganda
By Shannon Sweeny
CAMTech UGANDA Global Surgery Hack-a-thon
Winners at the CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hack-a-thon
By Nathan Ernest Olupot
For more information, please contact Rebecca Obounou.