Together, The Philips Foundation and Ashoka will:
- Find and select leading social innovators as Ashoka Fellows and support them; developing a robust ecosystem of innovators working towards health equality.
- Scale the impact of Ashoka Fellows through an accelerator program, the Ashoka Globalizer.
- Connect Ashoka Fellows facing obstacles and market gaps to Philips employees whose expertise, leadership, and business skills can be leveraged to co-create solutions.
- Foster authentic collaboration with the goal of increasing access to healthcare in disadvantaged communities.
Accelerating Healthcare Access (AHA!) is an ambitious movement between business and social entrepreneurs that addresses United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all) by scaling social innovation. These social entrepreneurs—selected by Ashoka for their ability to make systemic change and increase access to healthcare—will achieve their goals with support from the skills and expertise of talented and seasoned business leaders within the leading health technology company Philips.
About the Philips Foundation
The Philips Foundation aims to reduce health inequality by providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities. It does this by deploying the expertise, knowledge and innovative skills of Royal Philips in collaborative projects with humanitarian organizations and social entrepreneurs across the world to design, adopt and deploy healthcare solutions that are sustainable and inclusive. Up to 100 projects are running worldwide, impacting communities in countries as diverse as Spain, Austria, Kenya, UK, Italy, China, India, US, Uganda, and Sweden.