Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health Course

Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health Course

A 6-week online, facilitated, and interactive course, focused on changemaker talent development, skill-building, and real-life application. The training is free of charge but requires a time commitment of two hours minimum per week. 

The 2024 edition of this course has now ended. Stay updated on the next edition of this course by signing up to our Newsletter.

About the learning journey

In our rapidly changing world, employee skills—such as intrapreneurship, agility, teamwork, empathy and collaborative leadership— are fundamental to an institution’s ability to innovate and grow into the future. The pitfalls of ignoring these skills can lead to loss of opportunity and competitiveness, along with increased redundancy and inefficiency. Social intrapreneurship is a methodology for sparking, cultivating, advancing and scaling social innovation within institutions. It involves intrapreneurial employees capitalizing on trends such as technology advancement and globalization, and deploying agile, startup strategies. 

Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs and Boehringer Ingelheim, a world-leading health company, have come together to create the six-week online course: Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health

Learning objectives:

  • Prepare for a leading role in creating social and business impact within your institution
  • Gain skills and strategies to garner internal and external support for innovative projects
  • Learn how to collaborate and advance innovation in a bureaucratic setting
  • Develop intrapreneurial strategies for co-creation and prototyping
  • Connect with a network of intrapreneurs and innovators to share ideas and gain continuous support on your own innovation ideas
  • Engage with the global Ashoka network, including Ashoka Fellows, staff and other innovators

Who this is for

This course is offered to business professionals and social innovators from organizations around the world.

This course is part of the global “Making More Health” initiative to explore innovative pathways to improve access to healthcare for people, animals, and communities around the world. In this course, you will connect with a global community of health professionals from across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and convene to learn intrapreneurial strategies for creating social and business impact in the health and wellness space.

Registrations are now closed. Stay updated on the next edition of this course by signing up to our Newsletter.


Practical information


  • 6 live, facilitated sessions.
  • 1 office-hour session.
  • 15 videos and 15 readings, including case studies, articles and excerpts from books/publications.
  • 20 discussion forums.


April 8 – May 17, 2024.


This course is delivered through an online platform and successful participants will receive a digital Certificate of Completion, signed by Ashoka. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and seats are limited.


You can find out more about the program by visiting the Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health Course website.

Module 1: The Business Case for Social Intrapreneurship

Module 1 explores the concept and definition of social intrapreneurship and investigates the business case for fostering intrapreneurship within institutions. Participants are exposed to real-world examples and applications to the health sector.

Module 2: Intrapreneurial Challenges & Opportunities

On Module 2, we look into the importance of defining and understanding the challenges surrounding social intrapreneurship through market research and patient needs. We review examples of these challenges, with attention paid to communicating and framing the problem in a way that is be compelling and understandable to your audience.

Module 3: Strategies for Advancing Social Innovation Within Your Institution

An innovative idea only is not enough to advance an initiative within your institution. Module 3 explores the practical strategies and steps that social intrapreneurs can take when navigating bureaucratic and institutional obstacles.

Module 4: Co-Creation Part I: Leveraging Shared Value

Co-Creation is an opportunity for businesses to spark the next generation of sustainable solutions through collaboration with the social sector. New business models and ideas can be inspired by working closely with non-traditional partners, beginning with social entrepreneurs. Module 4 unlocks the concept of co-creation through real-world examples of products, services or business models built out of co-creation.

Module 5: Co-Creation Part II: Idea Development and Pitching

Idea development and pitches are two potent tools for social intrapreneurs at an early stage of their innovations. This module will review the fundamentals of both, offer best practices, and look at case studies.

Module 6: Final Review and Wrap-up

The final module of the course is an exercise in reflection for course participants and is an opportunity to review all the content covered to date. It also enables participants to crystallize their professional connections made as a result of this course and debate concepts explored throughout. Participants are also invited to join the Making More Health virtual conference, to expand their learnings and grow their networks.


"This course has been an excellent opportunity to build a Community of Practice rather than a didactic discourse. My next steps towards social innovation and impact will be to form an appropriate multi-disciplinary team that can increase the quality of life in India."

Supten Sarbadhikari, Centre for Health Informatics

"I am proud to work for an organization that is forward-thinking and looking for ways to Make More Health in our communities. This course helped me to understand the steps to getting something from an idea to becoming a fully supported project"

Diana Montalvo, Boehringer Ingelheim

"The biggest take home was that I can be a social intrapreneur! The case studies and the speakers convinced me that it is possible for one person to make a positive difference to many. I am more aware of the hurdles that will need to be overcome, but also strategies for overcoming them."

Chris Young, Boehringer Ingelheim
New Zealand


You can reach out to us at [email protected].