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Pivoting Into Health Entrepreneurship

Each week on The Entrepreneur’s Doctor, together with my guests, we help Entrepreneurs (and Intrapreneurs) create a healthier, happier world through their ventures.

I love working with Innovators and Entrepreneurs from backgrounds other than medicine and healthcare, who decide to pivot into the health sector due to their personal experiences. Many choose to enter the field of digital health.

This week, my guest shares tips to Entrepreneurs thinking about pivoting into the health space. Pouya Jamshidiat is a leader in product management & artificial intelligence, and co-host of Avicenna Conversations.

Prior to his pivot into the health and life sciences sector, Pouya was co-author of the AI Book, the first globally crowdsourced book on the application of AI across financial services, and 2018 winner of the Artificial Intelligence in Finance award designed by the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship & Ngee Ann Polytechnic of Singapore. 

During our conversation, Pouya also covers:

  • Startup opportunities at the intersection of artificial intelligence, data science, health, the life sciences, genomics, and the microbiome.
  • Pivoting from fintech & financial services into the health & life sciences sector.
  • The role of product management in entrepreneurship.
  • His thoughts about potentially launching his own future startup.

Most startups & businesses sadly fail, and I don’t want that to be you. As a public health doctor, I launched The Entrepreneur’s Doctor to help changemakers who are looking to solve problems, add value to the health sector across the world, and help people live healthier, happier lives.

After speaking with and learning from Entrepreneurs, I created a short checklist that will help fast-track your health startup journey. It comes with free access to the 7-Day Startup Therapy Launchpad, as well as the Startup Therapy Accelerator, the world’s first accelerator to democratise health entrepreneurship. I’ve essentially distilled 20+ years of international experience into this prescription for what I like to call Startup Therapy.

The first thing you must do is to validate your idea to assess problem-solution fit & product-market fit (just don’t forget venture-entrepreneur fit!). How would you like to start somewhere safe and fun? Come and ask your questions in my free weekly office hours for Health Entrepreneurs. Bounce ideas in a sandpit, gaining feedback from me and potentially other changemakers on the call.

However, if our journey together ends here, I’ll leave a few thoughts for Entrepreneurs and fellow changemakers:

  1. Not all problems need health tech or digital health, but used wisely, they can dramatically help inform prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  2. Not all problems are in healthCARE, so think of the wider social, environmental, occupational, and lifestyle determinants of health.
  3. Not all problems can be tackled here and now, so think of the life course approach, with innovation in early-life (the first 1000 days), and across all sectors.

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