When I talk to those in the tech industry, I usually get asked – “But why is the MediStori not an app?” And the answer is simple – I asked my customers what they wanted, and this is what I was told. Additionally, there is the major point that most acute hospitals and GP’s do not have public Wi-Fi access and so how would people open their apps without having to pay for their own data?
Anyway, because I’m not a “techie”, I normally am not asked to go particular conferences or shows related to technology in healthcare. But I decided to see if I could go to MedTech’s event in Galway because I wanted to prove a concept that innovation isn’t always about technology. I didn’t think I’d stand a chance so you can imagine my surprise when I was told that my submission to MedTech’s Start Up Academy of Excellence 2014 was successful?
I was delighted because I wanted the opportunity to show that innovation comes from just finding out what the problems are, and meeting those needs, be it technology or otherwise. I also wanted to show that there is an urgent need, for unified, universal solutions and that we all need to work together to achieve this.
I often get asked to speak at many events as you can see from the images below!
In 2013, nearly 100 entrepreneurs applied for Phase One of Enterprise Ireland’s prestigious New Frontiers programme in 2013. Thirty of these were selected and all of whom presented in a “Dragon Den” style pitch to get on to Phase 2. Our company, presenting the MediStori as our first product, were one of 13 to get on to this Phase.
Starting the programme, we learned that we had access to worldwide renowned business mentors and entrepreneurs and were also were landed with a €15,000 start up fund. With bimonthly reviews by the New Frontiers team, we had to prove we were putting our market research, product development and business methodologies and strategies into action.
Upon completion of Phase 2, we were given the option to present again to get unto Phase 3. Eight of the thirteen entrepreneurs were picked – and again, we were one of them!
I highly recommend this programme to any entrepreneur as what I learned from the team and business mentors is invaluable and I put it into practise on a daily basis in my own business. So it’s onwards and upwards from here on in!
In 2016 I ran a massive national public campaign which would allow me to present to some of the most prestigious investors and innovators in the world. In less than two weeks we reached over 21 million impressions on Twitter and many national and international media outlets ran our story (again, for free!!