Course Description

In our rapidly changing world, employee skills—such as intrapreneurship, agility, teamwork, empathy and collaborative leadership— are fundamental to an institution’s ability to innovate and grow into the future. The pitfalls of ignoring these skills can lead to loss of opportunity and competitiveness, along with increased redundancy and inefficiency. Social intrapreneurship is a methodology for sparking, cultivating, advancing and scaling social innovation within institutions. It involves intrapreneurial employees capitalizing on trends such as technology advancement and globalization, and deploying agile, startup strategies. 

Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs and Boehringer Ingelheim, a world-leading health company, have come together to create the six-week online course: Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health. This course is part of the global “Making More Health” initiative to explore innovative pathways to improve access to healthcare for people, animals, and communities around the world. In this course, you will connect with a global community of health professionals from across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and convene to learn intrapreneurial strategies for creating social and business impact in the health and wellness space.

In this course you will:

  • Prepare for a leading role in creating social and business impact within your institution
  • Gain skills and strategies to garner internal and external support for innovative projects
  • Learn how to collaborate and advance innovation in a bureaucratic setting
  • Develop intrapreneurial strategies for co-creation and prototyping
  • Connect with a network of intrapreneurs and innovators to share ideas and gain continuous support on your own innovation ideas
  • Engage with the global Ashoka network, including Ashoka Fellows, staff and other innovators

Course Topics

  • Module 1: The Business Case for Social Intrapreneurship
  • Module 2: Intrapreneurial Challenges & Opportunities
  • Module 3: Strategies for Advancing Social Innovation Within Institutions
  • Module 4: Co-Creation Part I: Leveraging Shared Value
  • Module 5: Co-Creation Part II: Idea Development and Pitching
  • Module 6: Final Review and Wrap-up

Some examples of what our participants have done as a result of this experience:

"Started a community-owned ambulance service business"

"I completed 200hr yoga teacher training (YTT) along with 20hrs trauma-sensitive YTT and have developed a teaching style that is inclusive. I have recently signed up to work with a nonprofit mental health support group in our community as well as Healing Heroes which teaches yoga and meditation to first responders and veterans... "

"I have not started a new project, but rather used the learnings from the course to generate ideas for my ongoing work, both together with other people in BI and on my own projects. I am much more aware of the impact and importance of social innovation. At the moment, I am particularly working on getting the patient more involved in drug development programmes."

"Two of my colleagues and I launched initiative for treatment and prevention of foot diabetes wounds, driven by the suffering of the community around us and what we have learned from you. At the time I write this mail I am going to a meeting to discuss clinical trials on patients."

"Yes with the help of the course I have been able to revolutionalise the management of cryptococcal meningitis in HIV patients through Immuno - Deficient crypt care (IDCC)"

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Personally I feel that this course has been an excellent opportunity to build a Community of Practice rather than a didactic discourse. The Guest speakers and the select course materials have been inspiring… My next steps towards social innovation and impact will be to form an appropriate multi...

Supten Sarbadhikari, Centre for Health Informatics, India
Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health and Wellness Course - Spring 2017

I am very happy that I had the opportunity to take this course. As a BI employee, I am also proud to work for an organization that is forward thinking and looking for ways to Make More Health in our communities. I am
definitely going to continue to look for ways to support the intrapeneurship...

Diana Montalvo, Boehringer Ingelheim, USA
Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health Course - Spring 2018

For me, the biggest take home was that I can be a social intrapreneur! The case studies that I have read, and the guest speakers that I have listened to, have convinced me that it is possible for one person to make a positive difference to many. The course has made me more aware of the hurdles that...

Chris Young, Boehringer Ingelheim, New Zealand
Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health Course - Spring 2018