Discovering Hands

Dr. Frank Hoffmann Discovering HandsAshoka Fellow Frank Hoffmann pioneered a diagnostically superior breast examination method by training blind women as skilled diagnosticians.

Social impact: Their superior sensitive touch enables blind women to detect breast cancer earlier than the average doctor. At the time of the first financing round raised with the help of FASE, 10,000 women had been examined and 38,000 were planned for the next five years to come.

Investment: Supported by FASE, Discovering Hands successfully raised growth capital for the national rollout from a social venture capitalist and a bank in 2014. Meanwhile, a second financing round for scaling existing markets and entering new geographic regions was secured, again with the help of FASE.

The case study:

Case Study Discovering Hands 2014