The annual Skoll Venture Awards are run by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
Two social ventures founded by Oxford alumni have been named joint winners at the 2020 Skoll Venture Awards on Friday, 12 June 2020, winning £22,000 each in grant funding.
Award winning Jamii Life was founded by Nelson Mandela Scholar and Oxford MBA alumna Zeenith Ebrahim. Inspired by Zeenith’s grandmother, who was bedridden for 16 years, Jamii Life is a social venture that aims to redesign home care delivery in South Africa through technology, specialized health worker training and a flexible service model. Jamii Life provides a technology platform for patients, families, and home caregivers to provide exceptional care, and their mission is to increase accessibility to quality care eventually across the whole of Africa.
Zeenith completed her MBA in 2007, and prior to founding Jamii Life she led GE Healthcare’s Affordable Care business and Indirect Channel Partners across Africa, focusing on enabling access to healthcare technology across the continent.
Jamii Life also won a £6,000 Audience Choice award, voted for by attendees of the live-streamed pitch event. Zeenith says ‘We are so grateful to the Skoll Centre for taking us on this journey. We're excited about the opportunity to partner with the Skoll team as we work to grow our impact and to transform the care system for the elderly. In addition, the prize money will be catalytic to our ability to impact the lives of people that can’t care for themselves and to empowering health worker with relevant skills.’