Ashesi Health & Care Initiative (Health Entrepreneurship)

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Pillar: Health Entrepreneurship

Program Status: Active


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The Ashesi Health & Care Initiative hosted by the Ashesi Entrepreneurship Center is focused on the Health Entrepreneurship pillar of the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative. The Ashesi Health & Care Initiative is modelled on University of Toronto’s H2i Hub and Ashesi’s entrepreneurship center’s curriculum. It is focused and designed to build and grow health-related viable business ideas, early-startups and scale-up accelerator programs primarily for Ashesi and student of the 7 other African Universities who comprise the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative.

Students engage in group discussions and activities, personal reflections, and case study analysis to become informed citizens, policy actors, and future policy leaders. They also think critically about the implications of public policies in African societies and identify strategies to stimulate public policy change.

The course was co-created by the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies Learning Innovation design team, the Office of the Vice President International, U of T faculty subject-matter-experts who specialize in public policy and designed in consultation with Ashesi University.

Course Learning Outcomes

Ideation Stage

  • Apply ideation methods to generate new and useful ideas.
  • Identify the right part of their idea to test.
  • Build prototype solutions.
  • Refine ideas by sharing, and through feedback.

Early Start-up Stage and Scale-up Stage

  • Ideate, design, & create value and solutions to the health problems.
  • Access funding to move their prototype to a commercial item.
  • Gain revenue, create jobs, raise investments, and make profit.
  • Build prototype solutions
  • Refine ideas by sharing, and through feedback.

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Provost (Chief Academic Officer/Pro Vice Chancellor) at Ashesi University

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Angela Owusu-Ansah, PhD

Provost (Chief Academic Officer/Pro Vice Chancellor) at Ashesi University

Ashesi University

Angela Owusu-Ansah brings more than thirty years of academic and administrative experience in the United States and Ghana, West Africa, to her current role as Provost of Ashesi University. A member of the Phi Kappa Phi, a community of top scholars and professionals, she seeks to build an enduring legacy for future generations. She is a strong advocate for higher education quality serving on national university accreditation agency Boards such as the Ghana Tertiary Education Council (GTEC) and serving 18 years on the United States Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).

As an education leader, Angela served as Elon University’s Associate Dean of the School of
Education and Associate Dean of Access and Success, Samford University’s Assistant Dean of Education Assessment, and currently, Ashesi University’s Provost. She leverages innovative approaches, such as the scholarship of teaching and learning to improve student learning, the science of learning for faculty optimization of instruction, and research capacity building to improve higher education experiences and outcomes. She served on one of the ten Regional Education Laboratories’ Board in the United States to contribute to policy direction and implementation to support research in education.

Angela fosters entrepreneurial and innovative thinking for improving Africa by building spaces for students’ problem solving, integrating southern theory where feasible, and contributing to the development of Africa’s first university ranking system designed for appreciative inquiry of Africa’s systematic growth. Her research interest is in impact evaluation and change in Africa’s higher education, specifically digitized higher education instruction, higher education teaching and learning as a science, intercultural understanding among African students, and African women in Higher Education leadership.