WhatsApp launches incubator programme for healthcare issues

WhatsApp announced the launch of the WhatsApp Incubator Program (WIP), an initiative that will support organisations in constructing digital solutions for a healthier future.

WhatsApp Incubator Program aims to facilitate constructive and measurable health outcomes at scale by leveraging the WhatsApp Business Platform.

The new program announced by WhatsApp aims to identify 10 organisations that are tackling critical health issues. They will be guided through a design thinking-led process to build a deeper understanding and applicability of their WhatsApp-powered solution. The selected organisations will be provided with technical support in order to design, prototype, and pilot their health use cases.

Head of WhatsApp India, Abhijit Bose, said, “During the pandemic we have seen several innovative use cases of the WhatsApp Business platform by government organisations, civic actors, city administrations, and many more NGOs, both large and small, across sectors and locations.”

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“We feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work alongside some of these organisations to help drive effectiveness and impact during the pandemic for various communities in India. We hope the WhatsApp Incubator programme brings forth more such innovative and unique solutions that will help solve India’s healthcare needs,” he added.

Registrations for the newly announced incubator programme are open for NGOs, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and any other organisations that have ideas to tackle issues of mental health, general immunization, maternal health and equitable access to healthcare.

“Participating organisations would get the opportunity to be mentored by industry experts, access on-ground ecosystems, receive support with impact measurement guidance, and a chance to network with funders to scale their use cases,” said WhatsApp.

The applications are now open until December 24, 2021. Besides, a webinar will be hosted to address questions from interested applicants on December 14, 2021.

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