Empowering innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare

Health Entrepreneurship (HENT)

The Health Entrepreneurship Pillar empowers aspiring women and youth entrepreneurs with training, mentorship and financial support to develop innovations, create jobs, and transform the health sector.

Impact of Entrepreneurship on Africa

As African health sectors grow, health entrepreneurship has immense potential to accelerate that growth and support better health outcomes by creating self-sustaining market solutions that close gaps in the health sector, meet community needs, generate revenue, and provide resilience and stability, thereby creating significant employment opportunities.

In addressing these challenges, HENT equips and empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with essential skills and knowledge, mentorship opportunities, and direct financial support, such as seed funding, fostering a robust culture of entrepreneurship for their success.

Within an African-led framework where health entrepreneurship and health innovation are encouraged and sufficiently supported, aspiring entrepreneurs are then able to bring their transformative, locally generated ideas to fruition and create companies, products, services and health-related jobs that strengthens health sectors. 

Our health entrepreneurship network is deeply rooted in the unique local contexts of each partner, empowering entrepreneurs to launch and grow businesses. These businesses leverage indigenous knowledge, medicines, and practices in healthcare, create market solutions for burgeoning health sectors, and generate revenue, thus creating jobs in primary and various other healthcare areas.

By providing youth with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, financial support, tools, access to materials, access to markets, technology, experience and exposure, they will be able to achieve entrepreneurial self-efficacy and significantly contribute to the Health Sector Network’s intertwined goals of strengthening economies through robust health sectors and employing Africa’s youth in stable, dignified jobs.

2022 HENT-AIC Cohort during their visit to Toronto

The Power of Partnership

Our Goal

Implement and sustain entrepreneurial ecosystems that launch health start-ups, generate revenue, and create meaningful employment.

How HENT and Partners work together

Under the Health Entrepreneurship Pillar, Health Collaborative Partners work to co-create, train and empower a generation of youth and women entrepreneurs to launch health start-ups, generate revenue, and create meaningful employment.

Explore HENT Activities

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Research & Innovation

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Needs Assessment Research Study 

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Innovative Solutions for Healthcare Challenges: Youth-Driven Ventures Transforming Access to Medical Services in Africa

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Innovative Solutions for Healthcare Challenges: Youth Driven Ventures Transforming Access to Medical Services in Africa”. This session will feature Pauline Gethi, founder of DoctorsLive, and Nomboh Evans Kunchu, founder of Moto, who will share their entrepreneurial journeys and showcase youth-led Health Entrepreneurship Ventures.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, women Scholars from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology University (KNUST) celebrate the incredible women diligently working within the Health Collaborative to impact lives.

Health in Africa Series – Stinking Toilets, Civilized Users: Towards a Function-Based Indicator of Progress on Sanitation in Informal Settlements

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Stinking Toilets, Civilized Users: Towards a Function-Based Indicator of Progress on Sanitation in Informal Settlements”, presented by Kwame Norvixoxo, a Faculty member, Chair of the Research and Ethics Committee and Project Manager for the African Leadership University Health Collaborative project.

Health in Africa Series: Gold or Health? Ghana’s Environment Under Seige

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to attend the session of the Health in Africa Series, entitled “Gold or Health? Ghana’s environment under siege”, presented by Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, a Public Health Physician, Consultant Research Scientist, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.

2023 Annual Convening in Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town (UCT) proudly hosted the inaugural Health Collaborative Convening from October 15th to 17th, 2023, at the scenic Protea Hotel by Marriott, Waterfront Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa.

2022 U of T & Africa Summit

In June 2022, the university hosted a two-day summit that brought together representatives from the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative, and other organizations to discuss ideas for partnerships that address some of the most important issues facing Africa and Canada.

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Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

rhoda.philip@utoronto.ca

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Rhoda Akuol Philip (On leave), MPP, BCom

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

Rhoda Akuol currently serves as a Africa Regional Lead Research Officer, supporting partnership engagement, and research collaboration, as well as monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation. She is a central liaison for the Health Entrepreneurship (HENT) Pillar of the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative. HENT seeks to co-create and sustain entrepreneurial ecosystems, and launch scalable, impactful, and contextually relevant health start-ups that offer sustainable healthcare solutions. 

Rhoda Akuol has previously held various research, entrepreneurship, and business analyst roles within different work environments and cultures, including at start-up companies, non-profit organizations, and academic departments. She is passionate about community advocacy and sits on various advisory boards, including the Pan-Canadian Voice for Women’s Housing (PCVWH).

Rhoda Akuol received the African Scholars’ Social Innovation Award 2021, and the EYOB G. NAIZGHI Female Refugee Leadership Award 2019.