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The CAMTech-Babson Innovation Leadership Fellowship

Last summer, through The Leonard A. Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Babson partnered with the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) as the lead event sponsor and curriculum adviser for the CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hack-a-thon at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). The event brought together over 250 innovators from more than 30 universities and organizations across Africa, North America, and Asia, and put Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® methodology to work in the rapidly evolving field of global health as attendees co-created surgical and systems innovations for low and middle income countries.

Out of that partnership grew the CAMTech-Babson Innovation Leadership Fellowship, an opportunity for Babson MBA students to work internationally in the CAMTech Uganda Co-Creation Lab on affordable medical technologies. In this recent blog post for CAMTech, 2017 CAMTech-Babson Innovation Leadership Fellow Jacob Fohtung MBA’19 shares his experience working in Mbarara, Uganda for six weeks this summer with two healthcare startups: SaniDrop and Protecting Infants by SMS (PRISMS). Jacob’s work highlights another example of our students putting their learnings directly into practice, applying ET&A to global health challenges.