Start-ups and social enterprises for global health

Reaching the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, including health in low and middle-income countries, requires not only additional financing but also innovative and scalable low-cost solutions that are adaptable to different contexts. The initiative strives to tap the potential of start-up companies in these countries to improve health. The Swiss Impact Hubs in Geneva and Basel aim to support and connect start-ups with potential for scale with major healthcare industry and financial investors.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Emploi & développement économique
Développement de petites et moyennes entreprises
Infrastructures sanitaires de base
Maladies infectieuses
01.11.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF 1'480'700
Contexte The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievements of its ambitious goals including health and well-being for all requires additional funding as well as innovative and scalable low-cost solutions. In order to develop and bring such solutions to scale, the private sector is key. Especially social enterprises and start-up companies are relevant players because they combine social with economic objectives to drive inclusive and sustainable growth based on viable business models and private investment. With their lean structures they are best placed to explore innovative ideas that are tailored to the local realities and seek to respond to a clearly identified need within these contexts. Yet, in order to grown and reach scale, these companies need additional skills, business partners and financial investements.
Objectifs Improve health and well-being of poor and disadvantaged people in low and middle-income countries.
Groupes cibles

Primary beneficiaries: 60 start-up companies and social entrepreneurs.

Secondary beneficiaries: local impact hubs in low and middle-income countries.

Ultimate beneficiaries: Poor and underserved people in low and middle-income countries.

Effets à moyen terme 20 out of 60 innovative projects from start-up companies and social entrepreneurs from 20 countries will be brought to scale through financial investments and other types of support.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

Output 1: Award winners (start-up companies and social entrepreneurs) are better skilled to build their solution/project and become a viable business with scale.

Output 2: Award winners obtain additional resources from financial investors.

Output 3: 3. Award winners build their health expertise through expert advice, knowhow and support from coaches, Swiss healthcare industry and the global health community in Switzerland.

Output 4: Local impact hubs are strengthened in their capacities to help bring start-ups to scale.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Autre organisation suisse non-profit

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
  1. Fondation Botnar
  2. Geneva Impact Hub and local impact hubs in low- and middle-income countries
  3. International health organizations based in Geneva
    (partly already SDC partners)
  4. Healthcare industry Basel (partly already SDC partners)
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   1'480'700 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   724'000