Accelerator Programme Launched For SA’s Healthcare Professionals

Accelerator Programme Launched For SA’s Healthcare Professionals



GE and Standard Bank today announced the launch of the new ‘Healthcare Accelerator’ a country-first, growth and training programme designed for Healthcare Professionals (HCPs).

The aim of the Healthcare Accelerator is to provide technical, clinical and business acumen to HCPs who want to improve and grow their existing practices, whether private or public, or transition into private practice.

Enter the new Accelerator Programme now

The Healthcare Accelerator is now calling for entries from healthcare professionals across the country and will provide over 100 hours of training and professional development over 6 months, commencing November 2016.

The programme is part of GE’s Enterprise and Supplier Development Accelerator in Africa. The model utilises GE’s global capabilities and technical expertise combined with focused business development services to help small businesses grow their enterprise.

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The programme will be activated by Londvolota, GE South Africa’s BBBEE partner. Londvolota is a South African trust focused on building entrepreneurial capability and capacity within Black-Owned companies in South Africa.

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Ross Boyd, Director of Enterprise and Supplier Development for GE in Africa: “GE recognises the key role of small business in the development of emerging economies. As such, the GE Africa enterprise and supplier development structure is designed to support a more inclusive approach with the aim to link and promote entrepreneurs and SMEs by connecting them to a localised value chain.

He added: “Together with Standard Bank, we are proud to support capacity building by equipping healthcare providers with the tools and know-how required to run a sustainable healthcare practice and ultimately contribute towards improved productivity and a better level of patient care.”

What to expect from the programme

The practical modules will be delivered weekly in a classroom environment at the GE Africa Innovation Centre (Houghton Estate) and the Standard Bank Incubator (Rosebank) by leading experts.

Courses will include strategy and business plan development, operations management, governance and ethics, digital practices, human resources and marketing. The interactive classroom experience will be complemented by access to e-learning platforms providing further resources for HCPs to develop and learn additional skills.

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Jayshree Naidoo, Head of the Standard Bank Incubator says: “The focus on further developing the entrepreneurial skills of health care professionals, gives us the opportunity to work on developing a critical sector. Our goal in partnering with GE is to work jointly towards growing the community of health care professionals across the continent, by ensuring the success of the professionals that are selected on this Accelerator.”

Interested practitioners looking to take advantage of this programme should apply online at with the forty selected candidates to be announced before the end of the year.

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