​Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s biggest health challenges.

About the Fund

In September 2013, the Kletjian Foundation endowed the Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Babson College. Founded on a commitment to global health and a desire to explore the ways in which business thinking can benefit the field, the fund provides opportunities for Babson faculty and students to apply Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® to global health challenges.

Wiljeana Glover, Faculty ​Director
Rebecca Obounou, Assistant Director
Sthuthi Jebaraj, Graduate Assistant

Why Does Global Health Need Entrepreneurship?

As our world’s health care systems strain to deliver prompt effective care under countless, ever-changing barriers, the emerging field of global health entrepreneurship (GHE) at Babson College addresses the challenges posed in the field of global health. The barriers to delivering quality care are many, and they require us to think not just about one specific disease but rather about health systems overall. Entrepreneurial thought and strategic action help us re-imagine the global health agenda and think differently about the paths to poverty alleviation.

Upcoming 2017 Learning Events

Telemedicine Innovation and Finance: Opportunities in the US & Abroad

Come hear from and meet Stephen Shaya, the Chief Medical Officer and Managing Director of J&B Medical Supply and his colleagues. Accompanying Stephen are representatives from affiliate healthcare financing organizations RedCrow Equity Crowdfunding founders Brian Smith and Jerry Harrison, and Akkad Capital Partners COO David Ward.
Steve is coming Babson's campus to share the story of his company’s telemedicine pilot venture, Piestus. This program has been implemented in India, Paskistan and parts of Africa. This technology has reached over 77,000 people in remote locations in these regions providing remote medical care at affordable prices. You will also hear about how Steve became involved in healthcare innovation financing and the perspectives of his colleagues on global health financing.

A light breakfast will be provided. Thursday, February 9th, 9:30 -10:30 AM, Design Zone, Olin Hall 125.

URL For Registration: bit.ly/GHETelemed

Past 2016 Learning Events

Help Haiti Hack Dec. 5th

The Schlesinger Fund for Global Health Entrepreneurship in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals, and USAID welcomed members of the Babson and greater Boston communities to an event supporting the Diaspora Challenge Initiative. The event included a panelist of expert clinicians such as Partners in Health and Equal Health who know the healthcare system in Haiti intimately that shared their perspectives and Haitian Diaspora members that pitched their ideas for improving the healthcare ecosystem in Haiti. The recording can be viewed here.

Entrepreneurial Impact Investing in Global Health Nov. 14th

Dr. Nadeem Alduaji, CEO of Baraka Networks and Ken Hynes of Artha Networks. Check out the following links to see the presentations made during this disrupting global health lunch: Artha Networks & Baraka Networks.

Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®: A Catalyst for Change in Global Health Sep. 29th

The Schlesinger Fund for Global Health Entrepreneurship in collaboration with HUBweek hosted an entrepreneurial innovator showcase that highlight challenges, barriers, and solutions to accessing and providing safe, equitable healthcare delivery in low and middle income countries. The event featured an interactive pop-up scramble with opportunities for attendees to solve real problems faced by global health start-ups and talks from experts from organizations such as Harvard Medical School-Program for Global Surgery and Social Change, MGH-Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies.

Curing Market Failure with Information Apr. 21st

Guest Speakers: Prof. Adam Sulkowski and Nathan Sigworth of PharmaSecure

Energy for a Better Life: Entrepreneurs delivering sustainable energy solutions to off-grid African households Apr. 7th

Entrepreneurs delivering sustainable energy solutions to off-grid African households Apr. 7th. Guest Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Jordan of EGG-energy & World Bank. 

Organizational Response to Ebola Reflections & Lessons Learned Mar. 31st

Guest Speaker: Prof. Gaurab Bhardwaj.

Medical Device Design & Distribution Feb. 24th

Guest Speakers: Prof. Ira Farber and Kit Nichols and Sarah Kessler of Lifebox.

Babson-Lancet Case Studies

In 2014, Babson partnered with the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery to create a case series designed to help transform Global Surgery into a field of study and practice. The cases explore health system challenges ranging from human resource development to electronic medical record systems and are freely available online to both students and educators.   ​

COMING SOON: Paid Summer Internships Abroad

The Schlesinger fund is launching a program pairing students with global healthcare start-ups abroad starting summer 2017. Lodging, flights and a stipend will be provided. Student applications will be launched mid-semester Spring 2017.

Global Health Initiatives Summer Stipend

In partnership with the Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF), the Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship makes funds available to support faculty in research related to global health and healthcare entrepreneurship. The first two grants were awarded in Spring 2016 to support the research of Professor Jonathan Simms and Kate McKone-Sweet.​

In the News

Around Town

Spring 2017: MIT "Learn to Launch Healthcare" Free Course

Learn to launch healthcare ventures at MIT's free course with students from different majors from different Boston-area universities, Healthcare Ventures HST.978/15.367. Accepting applications now.

Mar 3-4: Digital Health "Hawkathon"

Join the digital health hackathon at UMASS Lowell on Mar 3-4 for a day (and night) of invention. See more and register here. 


For more information, please contact Rebecca Obounou.