2017 proved to be a record year for HerHealth Uganda — we’re thankful to our mentors, advisory team and the different start up programs who have contributed towards our growth, and continued business development. We have expanded our capabilities, became recognized for our work globally, and our team gave back to communities across Uganda, Kenya and Chile.
We’ll do our best here to give you the highlights of the last 2 quarters of 2017 and whet your appetite for what you can expect in 2018 — let’s get into it:
RECOGNITION, AWARDS, AND EXHIBITIONS:
In July, we were accepted into a fully funded seven-month accelerator program by Start-Up Chile, the leading accelerator in Latin America. The program helped us streamline our processes and make strides in developing our third prototype. Part of our team is currently in Santiago, Chile implementing the project under the program. Get more details about this program and application process on their website.
In August we were nominated for the ASIA by Bayer Foundations, and after pitching to the Jury in October, we were selected as winners and recognized as one of the most powerful social change makers under the social impact pioneers for 2017. This will contribute to the development of the kit for many communities around the world.
Our founder also had the opportunity to speak about Strengthening Innovation and Health Systems in Africa at the Beauty of Impact Panel at the World Health Summit. Here’s a short clip of her presentation
Dubai Design Week
We were invited to showcase our project for the Global Grad Show which took place during Dubai Design Week in November. We got to interact with other designers at the exhibition where we showcased our kit. We also interacted with exhibition attendees, which gave us insight into challenges reproductive healthcare in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Giving back to the community is one of our areas of focus, as we believe in empowering the next generation to take up entrepreneurship and solve challenges affecting their communities. The team has taken part in various mentorship programs since arriving in Chile in August:
We were mentors at the Startup Weekend Mega in Santiago in November, which was fun! The attendees had to develop ideas linked to 4 different verticals: science and technology, videogames, social innovation, and a variant of free and open themes. We mentored those in the social innovation vertical, and one of our teams made it to the finals!
We also mentored entrepreneurs at the Lions Up hub at the University of Santiago Chile, which offers an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to solve design challenges for companies. We met the teams weekly and mentored them in firming up their ideas, prototyping, business model canvas and pitching.
We had an activity filled day at RYLA Districto 4340 organized by Rotaract Club of San Fernando and Rotaract Club of San Miguel in December, where we shared about our inspiration for focusing on health for social impact, and how we began this entrepreneurial journey. With 5 years of “service above self”, our very own Winfred Nafula, also International Service Director of Rotaract Club of Seeta, Uganda shared about how the leaderships skills and abilities she has developed in Rotaract have made her a better social entrepreneur.
What a Year!
Looking back at these accomplishments, we’re in awe of the year we’ve had and humbled by the talent and drive within our start up that has made this progress possible.
We’re eager to build on our momentum in 2018 and continue to innovate for women’s health and improve the self-test kit which will ensure women take their reproductive health monitoring into their own hands.
By combining technological innovation with best-in-class products, there is no limit to what HerHealth Uganda can achieve in the new year. Keep it here for updates on our progress!
Till next time,
Authors: Arasa Evelyn, Nanyombi Margaret and Winfred Nafula.