Call for EntrepreneursThe mission of SHI is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of India and around the globe by leveraging technology and local ingenuity to launch innovative start-ups for dramatic social, health, and environmental impact. Each year, the program will select and develop up to 10 innovative start-ups focused on areas of need including: infectious and vector-borne diseases; non-communicable diseases; maternal, child, and newborn health; water and sanitation; and urban health and the environment.
The ChallengeIndia has seen tremendous economic development over the last decade. This growth has been accompanied by both new challenges and growing health and economic disparities. In addition to the burden of infectious diseases, India and other countries in the developing world must now address a dramatic increase in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental illness. These conditions are heavily influenced by the social and economic determinants of health and by broader issues such as globalization, urbanization, changing lifestyles, and environmental pressures. Through the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, targets have been established to improve sustainable development, clean energy and water, economic growth and innovation, education, gender equality, and improvements to health and health access. Effective solutions will require innovative and entrepreneurial solutions.
The SolutionSelected start-ups will receive $70,000 in seed funding, with an expectation that they will provide the RMZ Foundation with an up to 15% equity position in the start-ups as a term of participation. Start-ups participate in a 6-month accelerator curriculum at The CoWrks Foundry during which they will be mentored by Yale faculty and have access to a network of Indian industry experts that will serve as coaches to support the development of their idea. Young professionals and entrepreneurs from all disciplines, particularly public health, medicine, nursing, design, engineering, technology, environmental sciences, architecture, and public policy, are encouraged to apply.
The program will solicit proposals for start-up ideas in India and at Yale, where teams of faculty, students, and alumni will be eligible to apply. Yale-based applications will be due April 5, 2019, with final selection of the start-ups later that month. Key criteria for selected proposals will include:
Impact: How much difference will the start-up make in improving health?
Burden: Will it address a pressing health challenge?
Feasibility: Can it realistically be developed and deployed?
Knowledge Gap: Does the technology advance health by creating new knowledge?
Appropriateness: Will it be affordable, robust, and adjustable to the health care settings in India and other developing countries, and will it be socially, culturally, and politically acceptable?
Accelerator CurriculumStarting in June, start-ups will be expected to commit 6 months to participation in The CoWrks Foundry accelerator curriculum. Start-ups based in India will relocate to Bangaluru for the full Curriculum and Yale-based start-ups will be in Bangaluru for the first 2.5 months of the Curriculum (June – mid-August). Yale-based start-ups will complete the curriculum through weekly online recorded and/or livestreamed modules. All startups will provide weekly updates and access an online, opt-in channel for discussions, peer mentoring, and ongoing support.
The CoWrks Foundry, the RMZ Foundation and the Yale Institute for Global Health