Empowering and enabling communities
to thrive with Social Innovation
Social innovation is about leveraging the power of innovation, entrepreneurialism and creativity to create inclusive business models that empower communities to improve their lives and enhance social impact in a responsible manner. Our focus is on rural communities in Africa, supporting access to health and improving agricultural productivity and sustainable strength.
There is no social innovation without collaboration. This is why Bayer Foundation thrives on building and curating ecosystems with communities and social enterprises across the world for a world with Health for All and Hunger for None.
About the award
Social Impact Start-up Academy (SISTAC)
Bayer Foundation is a co-founder of the Social Impact Startup Academy. This is a unique platform supporting students and social innovators to identify and develop breakthrough social innovations that address the world’s most pressing issues around SDGs 2 & 3 (zero hunger and good health and wellbeing). This 12-month academy is anchored in action-oriented learning formats which form part of a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Master’s Program at the Ingolstadt School of Management, Cape Town University and Ben Gurion University, in Israel. Examples of projects include a feasibility study to enter a new market; a business model or business plan analysis - or even support with fundraising and crowdfunding. Although financial support is not directly granted, it can be realized through contacts from Bayer Foundation’s network.
Who is eligible?
• Students enrolled in relevant Master’s programs at the following universities: University of Cape Town, the Ben Gurion University of and the Ingolstadt School of Management
• Universities that are interested in collaborating with SISTAC
• Professors interested in enrolling their university or are currently working at an already enrolled university (see above)
• Early stage social innovators who have an innovative idea that has social impact with the potential for global scaling
• The number of slots for projects per semester varies with the number of students that enroll in the Master’s program. Typically, it will be 3-5 projects supported by groups of 3-5 students each
How to nominate
What are the criteria for nomination?
Proven record of the maturity and innovativeness of the project (idea, pre-seed or seed stage) as well as the viability of its (social) business model. All innovations must focus on SDGs 2 & 3.
Founder of Bisa M-Health Raindolf Owusu
The idea: Meet your doctor online service app. Disrupt the way how people in remote areas of Africa gain 1st access to doctors and hospitals.
Social impact: Millions of people in rural Africa live more than a day of traveling away from the next doctor – with little to no access to basic health. BISA “Ask your Doctor Online” gives remote people in Africa access to health.
Operating: Ghana and Senegal
FOUNDER: Raindolf Owusu