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Innovation History

Program Overview

The HEALR program features three phases: Ideation, Creation, and Implementation. The Ideation phase trained over 25 aspiring entrepreneurs in fundamental business skills and concluded with an opportunity for teams to pitch their business ideas for Creation. Of the 16 pitches, six were selected through a competitive judging process.

Launched in January 2023, Creation is a 6-month course that supports the teams in refining their health business ideas, culminating in completing a business plan. Through lectures, mentorship, and homework assignments, participants define their problems, identify their customers, analyze current solutions, articulate their value propositions, and develop operations, marketing, and financing plans.

Mentorship is at the program's core, and ULCHS is working with experienced health innovators at the Consortia Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) and African Health Innovation Centre (AHIC) to offer weekly one-on-one coaching to participants.


Leveraging Proven Models for Impact

CTLI has partnered with Liberian non-profit tech hub iLab and the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology at Mass General Hospital to design and implement programs.


In May-June 2022, the CTLI team conducted a learning exchange trip to Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana to understand proven strategies for supporting ventures through the ideation, incubation, and acceleration stages. The team visited a wide variety of universities, innovation hubs, and start-ups, and is already applying the lessons learned to activities within CTLI. These partnerships will ensure that programs reflect global best practices, as well as facilitate connections to mentorship and resources for entrepreneurs through CTLI.

Responsive to Liberia’s Business Ecosystem

To ensure that the Innovation program prepares learners for the entrepreneurial environment in Liberia, CTLI and partners undertook a scoping assessment, including a literature review and interviews with key stakeholders, which revealed 3 key challenges facing Liberian entrepreneurs:

1.      Lack of access to financing

2.     Lack of business skills

3.     Lack of cultural and structural support for entrepreneurship

The Innovation program has designed courses that address these challenges head-on, helping innovators and entrepreneurs to flourish and drive improvement in Liberia’s health sector.

A suite of programs for unique Entrepreneurs

Recognizing the varying needs of entrepreneurs at different stages of the innovation process, CTLI will offer a diverse set of programs.


For individuals with an idea and those interested in learning more about innovation, seminars, special events, and office hours offer opportunities to learn from experts and facilitate ideation, including connections between researchers and businesspeople. For those ready for an intensive commitment to building their business, CTLI will offer incubation programs, mentorship, and seed funding.

Watch CTLI's inaugural Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship Seminar


The ULCHS CTLI is a national public-private-academic hub for research utilization education, training, and collaboration throughout Liberia’s health sector. CTLI provides a long-term institutional home for sustaining programs developed through BRIDGE-U: Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia (BRIDGE-U Liberia) and other funded projects. CTLI also provides a place for faculty, students, policymakers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and others to gather for project activities and trainings as well as networking and collaboration.

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