Jules Bretland Village Capital London 2011 Fellow

by Hub Venture Labs

About the project


Tipping Point £1,000
Program Participation £2,800
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!

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What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
1 in 3 of us live with a long-term chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma and unfortunately, the likely-hood of this increases as we get older. There are many developments in mobile technology, which can help us manage our health more proactively and should we fall ill, make it easier to carry on with our lives. In order to benefit from these mobile applications though, patients and GP’s need to know what applications are available, and what evidence there is to support the application and whether the application is any good, whether its easy to use, how to buy it and how it will be supported. By bringing the healthcare and mobile sectors together, we can facilitate this.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
29% of us in the UK, (of a reported a population of 61.4 million in 2009), live with a long-term condition, such as diabetes, asthma, or coronary heart disease. This rises to 56% of people aged 65 and over and 40% aged 65 and over have more than 1 long-term condition. People with long-term conditions use 50% of all GP appointments and 70% of inpatient hospital beds. The Department of Health estimates that 70% of the total health and social care spend in England, is spent on the treatment and care of people with long-term conditions. The ability to treat patients in a location convenient for them, is one of the key advantages of mHealth. The claims about potential savings from home-based healthcare alone are strong, with estimated savings for the UK healthcare system of between £540m and £180bn. It’s estimated that 500million people globally will be using Mobile Health (mHealth) Applications by 2015, with 70% of the population reporting that they’d be happy to use an mHealth application.
What is your solution?
Our Health Mobile aims to help patients and the world’s healthcare systems benefit from the developments in mobile technology. We will do this by listening to patients and GPs and advising on how healthcare providers can take advantage of mobile tools. We will work with mobile developers to develop and source the best applications to take to healthcare provider customers. We will work with healthcare providers to ensure that they know which applications are available, to ensure the quality and integrity of those applications and to provide a process and business model that works for both the healthcare and the mobile providers. And we will work with patients to make sure that the applications are easy to use.
How will you deliver this?
We will deliver this through • Education: Advising on the possibilities and advantages that the advances in mobile technology can bring to healthcare. • The development of prototype applications: Working with healthcare and medical professionals to develop the most useful applications. • Sourcing and accrediting the best: Working with mobile developers to source the best applications to take to healthcare provider customers. • We will bring healthcare and mobile worlds together: - Developing a means to ensure healthcare provider know which applications are available - Ensuring the quality and integrity of those applications - Developing processes and mechanisms so that GPs can prescribe and patients can use the services - Providing sustainable business model that work for both the healthcare and the mobile providers. Who is behind you and in your team? We’re fortunate to have the support of some renowned healthcare academics, industry professionals and talented medical practitioners. Our small but talented team consists of Vernice Halligan, who has years of experience in the education and technology sectors and Damien D’Souza a mobile and digital media industry veteran with experience of developing new services and rolling them out across markets. And of course we’re looking forward to working with the Village Capital Team.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Please spread the word and ask your friends and colleagues to support us http://www.buzzbnk.org/vc2011/jules
  • 5 minutes
    Please support our project http://www.buzzbnk.org/vc2011/jules And let us know your thoughts on mobile technology in healthcare
  • 15 minutes
    Please let us know your thoughts on which health related mobile applications you’d like to use or do already use and why?
  • 30 minutes
    Please let us know your thoughts on which health related mobile applications you’d like to use or do already use and why? We’d love to hear more detail. If you are in the healthcare industry or medically trained, we’d really like to hear from you, also if you know anyone in these fields and could introduce us, it would be much appreciated.
  • A few hours
    We’d love to hear from you, what-ever skills you have to share. If you’re medically trained, in healthcare or the pharmaceutical industry we’d like to learn from you, pick your brains and run ideas past you. If you’re a wizz developer, a fabulous creative or have some mobile applications we look forward to hearing from you too. A great presenter? Master researcher? Superb project manager? Please do share your secrets with us.
  • Regular time commitment
    That’s great, please do get in touch and see how we can collaborate. Ourhealthmobile@googlemail.com

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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 Change.org; 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. http://www.sanghata.org/

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