PHN is Nigeria’s leading platform for improving health outcomes through the private sector. Through an online marketplace launched in 2014, the parastatal organization began building a broad portfolio of initiatives that would showcase and support local innovators. Their flagship Health Innovation Challenge drew wide interest from healthcare professionals, social impact entrepreneurs, and technologists. Before selecting challenge finalists, PHN decided to bring 40 of the most promising applicants together for the Health Innovation Challenge Bootcamp. PHN envisioned that this week-long program would support participants in their immediate work, feed back into PHN’s understanding of innovation, and lead the way toward a sustained community of practice focusing on health innovation in Nigeria.
To achieve this ambitious agenda, PHN engaged Reboot as well as FATE Foundation, a Lagos-based non-profit with entrepreneurial training expertise. Together, we co-created four objectives for bootcamp participants: 1) To develop their overall problem-solving capabilities through an introduction to design thinking; 2) To develop their business communications and operations skills; 3) To hone their domain knowledge and offer applications of it in the private sector; and 4) To engage them as active members of a nascent community. With a full week carved out for everyone to gather, this was a huge opportunity, especially for the crucial relationship-building stage of an emerging community.