YEDEA wins 2nd place in UVA's 2018 Entrepreneurship Cup

Design Thinking + Medicine team up to develop innovative solutions for healthcare in Ghana

Congratulations to YEDEA 2017  / Design Thinking and Telemedicine in Koforidua, Ghana, for its recent prize!

YEDEA, a healthcare and education service-learning project in Koforidua, Ghana, was created by UVA School of Medicine ('20) student and program director, Emmanuel Larbi Abebrese, in collaboration with faculty advisor, Elgin Cleckley from the School of Architecture. YEDEA develops innovative solutions for issues facing poor Ghanian communities, focused on education and healthcare using Design Thinking methodologies. YEDEA recently won second place and $15,000 development funding in UVA's 2018 Entrepreneurship Cup. This award is for the design of a Telemedicine concept to provide better access to healthcare for Ghanaians living in rural communities. 

YEDEA is supported by the Center for Global Health, Washington and Lee University’s Shepard Poverty Program, collaborating with Koforidua Technical University, All Nations University College, Koforidua Nurses and Midwives Training College, and Koforidua Regional Hospital.


Vida Sarpong, University of Virginia, Biology, Pre-Med, Class of 2018

Grace Patrice Anyetei-Anum, University of Virginia, Biology and Studio Art, Class of 2018

Morgan Brazel, University of Virginia, Biology and Psychology Major, Class of 2018

Ted Obi, University of Virginia, Psychology Major, Class of 2018

Ghanaian Student Collaborators:

Clement Nyame - Koforidua Nursing and Midwifery Training College

Joseph Koranteng – Koforidua Technical University

Benjamin Boateng – All Nations University College

Aboagye Boateng - Koforidua Nursing and Midwifery Training College

Mensah Emmananel – Koforidua Nursing and Midwifery Training College

UVA students and Ghanaian students collaborated with Chic Thompson's WAGiLabs project at Wesley International School. Thompson is an internationally renowned speaker and author on creativity. He is the Founder and Executive Director of WAGiLabs, a social innovation incubator where kids share ideas and work together to make the world a better place. Our students instructed youth through Design Thinking methodologies.

The University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup, also known as the E-Cup, is an annual competition that seeks to enrich the area’s entrepreneurial community by encouraging new ventures with the potential to address unmet needs, solve social and economic problems, and do so in an interdisciplinary way. The E-Cup is open to all UVA undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.