Maternova is a pioneering woman-owned women-run social enterprise. We built the first e-commerce marketplace for global health technologies.
What is Maternova all about?
We are about moving maternal and newborn care into the 21st century. We are a mission-driven for-profit looking to disrupt the development industry, remove red tape and get innovative technologies directly to those who can use them to save the lives of mothers and infants.
Two very basic questions guide our work.
- What effective, low-cost tools (in development or on the market) can save mothers’ and newborns’ lives in low-resource settings?
- How can these tools be accessed and distributed more rapidly?
Two goals core to our mission derive from these three questions:
- track innovations and accelerate access to them
- pack & sell low-cost tools
Who is the audience?
Our audience is the frontline health worker and all organizations, policymakers, and individuals who support her.
In their fight to save women’s lives, health workers are in need of information, tools, technologies, skills, and peer connection. To maximize resources and empower their efforts, Maternova is building a portal for innovation in global maternal and neonatal health.
Our aim is the creation of a go-to site for connection, technology, and cutting-edge thought in global maternal health. The field has already welcomed medical, public health, design, and business professionals, but new groups– industrial designers, entrepreneurs, engineers– are increasingly interested in the power of simple innovations to change lives. Maternova seeks to build on these seismic changes, to amplify their positive effect on women and their families. Aggregation is the key. Our e-commerce marketplace aggregates innovations in one single place online.
What we do
Maternova researches innovation in the maternal and newborn health space. We track the innovations in our Innovation Index. The social venture then sells a subset of innovations on our online marketplaces, making it easy for governments, non-profits, hospitals and researchers to find and purchase life-saving technologies quickly.