"Making more health" is a long-term initiative with the goal to improve health in communities around the world by identifying and supporting the most promising solutions to challenging health problems.
Since 2010, Boehringer Ingelheim and the non-governmental organisation Ashoka are working together in a global partnership.
"Making more health" is the ambition to deliver new health care models – prevention, diagnosis and treatment – to individuals and society.
"Making more health" is about bringing together business and social knowledge. Together with our partner Ashoka we engage actively in single social entrepreneurship projects. Ashoka displays competence in creating change and comes with the network and know-how to identify and to advance social innovators. This way of collaboration forms a win-win situation for everyone: For our fellows, for Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Boehringer Ingelheim is competent in the healthcare and business sectors. We can provide the social entrepreneurs with a great deal of experience in professional project management. Furthermore, we support the entrepreneurs with our skills, experience, and network.
We would hereby like to achieve a change in the healthcare system. And we would like to give something to society, something that cannot be measured and solved monetarily.
More about the partnership here.
Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs, individuals with systems-changing solutions to the world's most urgent social problems in order to change society in the long run. Once elected, they are provided with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in 70 countries.
Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka collaborates with social entrepreneurs dedicating their work to health issue under the Making more health partnership. In the next years, Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim will support more than 50 social entrepreneurs who advance sustainable health solutions with their concepts. Known as 'Making More Health Fellows', these individuals are pioneering new solutions in health.
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One of our priorities is to engage with social entrepreneurs who are working to transform the field of health. Therefore the "Making More Health" initiative has established the Changemakers.com platform which provides an easy-to-use framework for employees to connect with other employees, in other regions, about the topic of social entrepreneurism and to "follow" social entrepreneurs in the field.
In 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka Changemakers have launched the 2nd competition for enlarging our fellowship support. This competition, "Transforming Health Systems: Gamechanging Business Models", is designed to find the most innovative game changing business models that are solving the systemic health problems of different markets around the world.
Building on the wealth of insights gained from the first Making More Health competition, this second global online competition is searching health initiatives with strong business models. Redesign existing processes for better impact and efficiency (e.g., mHealth services, health hotlines, etc.);
The winners will be announced in June 2013.
Our employees not only participated in the changemakers competition by contributing their ideas. We are also matching the needs of social entrepreneurs with our employees' skills and interests. Within their different functions, they engage where the Ashoka social entrepreneurs need some help with their projects.
The Executive in Residence programme is a leadership development opportunity available to Global Leadership Development alumni through Boehringer-Ingelheim's “Making More Health” partnership with Ashoka. It allows Global Leadership Development alumni to work with an Ashoka Fellow on a project critical to their organization and to expanding its impact to individuals and communities where it is most critically needed. By spending 2 to 4 weeks working with an Ashoka Fellow in health care, alumni will see unique health care innovations first-hand.
Rajeev Sukumaran, on his Executive in Residence experience
Rajeev Sukumaran, Head of Service Management Processes, Planning and Development at Boehringer Ingelheim USA, recently worked with Ashoka Fellow Mukti Bosco for three months on-site in Hyderabad, India.
“On a personal level, I wanted to be involved in doing social good. On a professional level, I wanted to get a better understanding of the business of health. This project gave me the opportunity to do both and get an initial view into both these worlds.
Additionally, although the intent of wanting to do social good always existed, this programme provided a tangible avenue to contribute my skills towards improving social outcomes.
I recommend the Executive in Residence programme to other colleagues at Boehringer Ingelheim because, through it, you get to see how you are making an impact in other people's lives. Secondly, I had a whole group of managers who were supporting me and a whole group of peers who were covering for me while I was in India. That's a once in a lifetime opportunity – I would say grab it with both hands if you're offered it.”
“The major thing that Rajeev has brought to us has been the ability to focus on scaling without diluting Healing Fields Foundation's impact. One of the major fears that we had with scaling up is that we would lose our impact. The exercise that we are going through with Rajeev and the team is allowing us to be able to create maximum impact, by being able to scale and monitor at the same time.”
“Making More Health” will also focus on the next generation of changemakers through a Youth Venture program to engage young people in designing health solutions for their communities.
Youth Venture supports young people ages 12-24 launch community ventures, thereby helping them to develop important life skills and be part of the solution instead of the problem. In 2011, BI Argentina, Indonesia and USA had the opportunity to support 45 youth-led ventures. Employees had the chance to be on judging panels for the youth teams, to provide mentorship to these teams and to present to/train youth on leadership and other skills. Today, we have more than 120 Youth venture programmes running all over the world.