Entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s biggest health challenges.

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
Alexis Cohen, Student Fellow '19

Our Mission

To activate entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers in global health. 

What is Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship?

We define Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship as a field of study and practice that aims to
  1. Improve Existing Healthcare Organizations & Processes,
  2. Create New Organizations and Processes,
  3. 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. We are focused on health Product, Process, & systems innovation in Low and Middle Income settings.

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.

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Our Programs

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 LancetCommission on Global SurgeryConsortium for Affordable Medical (CAMTech) and Harvard Medical School Program for Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC). Below are our offerings.

Thought Leadership

  • 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 

Student Programs

  • Global Healthcare Start-up Coaching – We offer support to new Babson student ventures that address existing challenges in the global healthcare systems.
  • GHE Fellowship –  We offer one to three sponsored summer internships a summer in organizations addressing the health challenges in low resource settings in the US and abroad.
  • GHE Internships – We engage one to two student interns a year to work on our GHE efforts. 

Learning Events

  • 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 a different hands-on problem-solving exercise with entrepreneurial healthcare leaders.

Upcoming 2018 Learning Events


Tuesday, September 25th, 1-2 PM, Blank Center

Join a dialogue with two Babson alumni, Dr. Nick Morse MBA'09 and Prakash Veenam MBA'18 who will talk about their Global Health Entrepreneurship journeys after Babson. Participants will have a chance to hear about careers in this nascent field of study in action.


Tuesday, October 30th, 1-2 PM, Blank Center

Join a dialogue with Jennifer Schunemann an entrepreneur who founded Goodwin Group International, LLC a medical journal publication. Her journal produced a renowned peer review medical journal called MD Conference Express that dessiminated key breakthrough findings to medical communities in settings with limited resources that needed it in a more timely manner. Jennifer's organization went from a nonprofit to a profitable business that operated in these resource-limited countries. Her company was acquired in 2014. Participants will get to hear Jennifer's entrepreneurial story and learn more about Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship.


Tuesday, November 27th, 1-2 PM, Blank Center

Join a dialogue with Matt Tobey, MD, MPH. Matt is an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital who founded and leads his department’s rural health initiative. He provides primary care in Rosebud, South Dakota, and leads a team of Boston-based physicians who provide outpatient and inpatient care. The MGH rural initiative consists an agreement with the Indian Health Service, community partnership activities with the Sicangu Lakota, and the MGH Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership. He works to facilitate the implementation of partnerships that link academic hospital departments and rural communities that face health disparities. When in Boston, he provides outpatient and inpatient care at MGH and teaches at Harvard Medical School. His interests also include the care of individuals involved in the criminal legal system. He established a jail-based clinic program in South Dakota and, in Boston, serves as the faculty director of the nation’s only jail-based student clinic.

In the News

Coming Together to Address a Drastic Need
By John Crawford
Small Talk With Wiljeana Glover
By John Crawford
Scaling and Sustaining Healthcare Innovation: Insights from a U.S./Ugandan Partnership
By Prof. Wiljeana Glover
My Experience at the CAMTech Uganda Co-Creation Lab
By Jacob Fohtung
ET&A in War-Torn Syria
By Gyda Sumadi
Entrepreneurial Opportunity Amidst One of the World’s Largest Challenges
By Rebecca Obounou, Soloni Sharma, Sthuthi Jebaraj, Wei-Ning (Dennis) Huang
Why This Doctor Went to Business School
By Sthuthi Jebaraj

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For more information, please contact Rebecca Obounou.

Babson College Announces the Establishment of a New Distinguished Professorship in Global Surgery

President Kerry Healey and Donald Hannan

Babson President Kerry Healey and Donald Hannan III, Director of the Kletjian Foundation​

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