Profoundly change the trajectory of health through locally-tailored and globally-relevant solutions to enduring health challenges.

Prize Purse

$1M

Dates

Jun '17 - Jan '18

Sector

Health, Safety & Wellness

Audience

International

About the Program

The GenH Challenge is based on the notion that new thinking and new ways to apply everyday ideas can support those on the front lines of health care worldwide. Working together, we can spark the next great idea that will change the trajectory of health.

Opportunity

The GenH Challenge is based on the notion that new thinking and new ways to apply everyday ideas can support those on the front lines of health care worldwide. Working together, we can spark the next great idea that will change the trajectory of health.

Approach

Access to quality health care remains one of the greatest challenges we face as a global community. As a global company, Johnson & Johnson embraces our responsibility to the communities where we work – and that means committing people, resources, and resolve to improving the health and well-being of people all over the world.
 
The Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact (GCI) team invests in people on the front lines of care as they change the trajectory of health for the world's most vulnerable people, their families and their communities. Our goal is to create a healthier world, one community at a time, through our strategic partnerships. That’s why we created the GenH Challenge—by applying ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and the expertise of people at the heart of care, Johnson & Johnson and our partners can accelerate progress in realizing the healthiest generation – what we call “GenH.”
 
Johnson & Johnson values fairness, openness, and transparency and for the GenH Challenge, we’ve made available to the public the application in its entirety, the trait scoring rubric, as well as bios and photos of all judges in the competition. Our goal is to provide value for everyone who participates.
 
Accelerate. That was Johnson & Johnson’s charge with the launch of the GenH Challenge, its first-ever social venture pitch competition. How can we accelerate bold thinking on the front lines of care to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
 
Over the course of five months, the GenH Challenge community connected with everyday innovators to explore how collaboration and ingenuity could unlock the healthiest generation – “GenH” – and help solve the most pressing global health challenges. From midwives to bioengineers, nutritionists to business analysts, nurses to economists – the GenH Challenge fostered novel thinking and conversation among unlikely partners to see how entrepreneurship and insights from the front lines of care can inspire the next big idea in healthcare.
 
At Johnson & Johnson, we know and value that great innovation is at the heart of good healthcare—and that breakthrough ideas can come from anyone, anywhere.
 
That’s why we’re launching the GenH Challenge, a global social venture competition dedicated to finding solutions for some of the world's toughest health problems, so we can help create the healthiest generation ever.
 
Why Johnson & Johnson Is Committed to Helping Develop Women Leaders in Our Changing World
Because people are the key to great ideas, we’re inviting innovators and social entrepreneurs worldwide to design new approaches to ignite progress in five areas of Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Women & Children, Essential Surgery, Environment, Healthy Workforce and Global Disease Challenges.
 
And we are committing $1 million in cash and other incentives to help six winners bring their big ideas to life.

Program Overview

Prize purse

$1M

Dates

Jun '17 - Jan '18

Audience

International

Who Was Involved

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Profoundly change the trajectory of health through locally-tailored and globally-relevant solutions to enduring health challenges.

GenH Challenge

at a Glance

An overview of the numbers behind the initiative.
$250,000

Total Awarded

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Finalists

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57

Judges

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54

Geographic Areas

We received submissions for projects taking place in 54 countries spanning over 6 continents, representing true global impact.

323

Applicants

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1,061

Registrants

More than 1,060 registrants, including 53% from the Global South*

The Results

The amazing solutions from
GenH Challenge
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Virtual Mentor / UCSF

Virtual Mentor / UCSF

Guides a care provider through the correct actions during postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).

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NutMox / PATH

NutMox / PATH

A novel approach to improve the available treatment options for children with pneumonia.

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The Ihangane Project

The Ihangane Project

Rwanda's first point-of-care digital health record to improve maternal and child health outcomes.

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Ghana Hernia Society

Ghana Hernia Society

Increases access to high-quality hernia surgery for the poorest patients in the world.

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Barakat Bundle

Barakat Bundle

A bundle of goods and services to reduce preventable causes of infant and maternal mortality.

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Khushi Baby, Inc.

Khushi Baby, Inc.

Utilizes a digital necklace to streamline data collection and support decision-making on the front lines of care.

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