Nigel Tunnacliffe - Village Capital London 2011 Fellow

by Hub Venture Labs

About the project


Tipping Point £1,000
Program Participation £2,500
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The dramatic difference between medical care available in the developed world, and that which is available in emerging and developing markets.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
In the US and Canada, there are 27 doctors per 10,000 population, which is almost double the world average of 14. In India, there are only 6 doctors per 10,000, and countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia and Kenya are much worse off with 3, 2 and 1 doctors per 10,000 respectively. The dearth of physicians creates massive pressure on the medical system, and great demand for innovation. Within a country such as India, already challenged by the shortage of doctors, the rural/urban divide makes the problem even more dramatic. For the wealthiest residents in the largest cities, a standard of care is available which eclipses many developed countries. However that standard of care comes at great expense. While 72% of India’s population lives in rural areas, only 3% of the specialists in the country live there.
What is your solution?
By providing organizations, government departments, and companies with the mobile software and hardware required to allow community health workers to access remote diagnostics and treatment plans from urban-based doctors and specialists, we are improving the level of care available in rural areas. In addition, because our system is asynchronous, each individual consultation requires fewer minutes from a doctor or specialist, thereby allowing the limited number of medical professionals in a country to provide care to a greater number of patients. We have a beta platform that is tested and ready to go to market, and we have three projects lined up in India. With your support we can roll out these projects and make a significant impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.
How will you deliver this?
Who is behind you and in your team? Nigel Tunnacliffe who is a relentlessly optimistic serial entrepreneur. He has launched five startups including in software and clean-tech. He studied mobile communications as an undergraduate, and received an MBA from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Skoll Scholar. Tyler Knight who brings extensive experience implementing clinic management systems and integrating electronic medical records into daily practice. He holds degrees in Healthcare Management from Harding University, and Business from the University of Oxford. Murray Heyns who is a medical doctor and entrepreneur who started and ran a medical services business in South Africa, and was general manager for a global logistics organisation with extensive experience in operations and management of remote branches. Anoop Ramanathan who brings half a decade of experience managing enterprise technology solutions for a Fortune 500 company, working for blue chip clients across the globe. Most recently he was the technical cofounder of a successful India-based web startup. What other resources do you have to help achieve the venture’s goals? We have three projects lined up with three different innovative Indian rural health organizations, and many more in our pipeline. To deliver these projects we are leveraging partnerships with innovative researchers across Oxford University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which allows us to gain access to cost effective diagnostic protocols and devices.

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  • 5 minutes
    Email our website and fundraising link to a bunch of people in your address book.
  • 15 minutes
    Send 3 people you know well a meaningful message about why they should donate to us.
  • 30 minutes
    Get in touch with us! We would love to hear your thoughts and contributions. Alternately, you could take half an hour and chat with anyone within your network who you think could help us achieve our mission. They could be a programmer, doctor or translator and able to do one of the tasks below, they could help connect us to an organization that could benefit from our system, or they could share some thoughts or ideas.
  • A few hours
    Fluent in more than one language? Volunteer to help our translation team create medical questionnaires that allow us to improve healthcare all over the world.
  • Regular time commitment
    Want to bring more meaning to your coding? We would love to have skilled programmers support us whenever they have time. Much of the code we develop will ultimately be released as open source, and it will most certainly be saving and improving lives all over the world. Are you a medical doctor or have medical training and experience? Join our medical team and volunteer to help create protocols which are medically and culturally appropriate for different regions of the world.

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DavidV 25 November 2011 - 14:08

Great idea! can we do this in Bolivia? - if so we can seriously consider meeting the balance outstanding

Theresa Burton 23 November 2011 - 10:41

Congratulations to Nigel and the team for winning a £300 discount on the Village Capital program - they now only have to raise £2,500 instead of the original £2,800!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Village Capital is an incubator program, started in 2010, which has been run in New Orleans, Boulder, Mumbai and San Francisco. It has been cited as "#1 Trend to Watch in 2010" on; featured in Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine and Beyond Profit. So far, the program has incubated 82 entrepreneurs selected from over 500 applications. The first European Village Capital, being launched by Hub Venture Labs, will be a twelve week program designed for entrepreneurs to accelerate their for profit social businesses. In workshops focused on fundraising, marketing and designing for impact the 10 participants will develop the core skills needed to attract investment and scale their businesses as well as receiving mentoring and coaching from our team of experienced advisors. At the heart of Village Capital lies the belief that entrepreneurs benefit from building peer networks for review and support. The program culminates in peers selecting two entrepreneurs that receive investment prizes of £50,000 each. The Village Capital London 2011 programme is supported by: SANGHATA GLOBAL Championing Innovations at the Frontier Sanghata Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and Investment is a non-profit organization that advances enterprise development and raises living standards for people in the low-income areas of the world. It does so by facilitating association between enterprising people, management talents and investors, and it follows through to champion and support selected initiatives with financial and technical assistance.

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