Paul Goff Speaks: My Hyderabad Social Enterprise Experience

Paul Goff, a former Supply Chain Consultant at Deloitte in the UK joined us in Hyderabad, India with his girlfriend Emma. Together they’ve been writing a blog about their experiences. 

I felt surprisingly nervous waiting to meet my social enterprise clients clients for the first time. We had been given some background on their business but I was unclear on their expectations of what we could achieve with them.

The background to their social enterprise named vRemind is a fascinating story. About a year ago one of the founders, Nagesh, forgot to take his son to recieve one of his scheduled vaccinates. This sparked a thought process that has taken him and his founders on an incredible journey.

In India over 2 million children’s lives could be saved if they had received their scheduled vaccines. The magnitude of this problem is just staggering. This huge number is driven by a number of factors including: educating parents around the benefits of vaccines, access and affordability (90% of Heath services are administere by private Heath services) of vaccines and remembering the vaccine schedule. In a country of over 1.2 billion, with 22% people living below poverty line of $1.25 income per day the challenge around healthcare is massive.

I was going to be working alongside another _Social Staters consultant, Stéphane who is a business owner, entrepreneur and funding expert from Nairobi.

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The first meeting went well and I was taken aback at the passion, capability and  openness of the founders. What they had built in terms of a scalable mobile health solution was amazing. I really felt inspired about their future and very piverledged to support them.

vRemind have developed a push notification SMS service. Which essentially means that a parent can recieve timely vaccination reminders based on their child’s date of birth. This is a free service and will send reminders until the child is 5yrs old. An amazingly simple solution to a massive challenge. vRemind have huge ambitions to reach all parents in India and potentially internationally.

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It’s early days for vRemind, with exciting oppertunities and challenges ahead.

In the time that Stéphane and myself have with vRemind, we will focus on three important areas. (i) development of a marketing plan (ii) identifying and building partnerships, and (iii) creating a funding strategy.

This post was originally posted on Paul & Emma’s blog, and you can read more from them here.

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