You can read the full Huffington Post article here but below is a short extract.

In low and middle income countries (LMIC) scalable entrepreneurship in health services is elusive and often looked upon with curiosity and a dash of skepticism. The reaction reflects the reality that in LMIC, health services for the impoverished and working poor is provided almost exclusively through the public health system and predominately funded by international donors. But perhaps we need our skepticism to question not what there is but what there is not.

Reuben Coulter, CEO of Transformational Business Network (TBN) explains that entrepreneurs do not succeed in a vacuum. “There is no shortage of brilliant ideas but sadly too often they fail. We partner with African entrepreneurs to grow ideas into businesses and together scale their impact. An African proverb says ‘If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together’. This is particularly true for health entrepreneurs.” TBN’s mission is to identify, connect and facilitate the introductions and leverage the interaction of entrepreneurs, investors (financing) and expertise to achieve sustainable impact.

Organizations such as the Transformational Business Network (TBN) and the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (JJCCT) are examples of a multi-dimensional tact to enable success by directly supporting entrepreneurs as well as strengthening “leverage” organizations working with entrepreneurs.

The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust has been actively supporting the creation of sustainable entrepreneurial health service delivery models and businesses through a combination of direct support and capacity building. Benjamin Davies, Partnership Director at the JJCCT explains, “(with) the decision to fund the Transformational Business Network we wanted to maximize and accelerate the impact of the Trust’s support. Providing seed funding through TBN for a locally based innovation gives budding health and social entrepreneurs in East Africa, and especially Kenya, the ability to take their ideas into practice with the guidance and knowledge of the expertise, know-how and connections that TBN can bring. J&J and the Trust believe that providing an enabling environment for new business models to be tested and tried is key to finding new solutions to greater delivery across the care continuum.”