Danae is a doctor, working predominantly in emergency medicine. She is a co-founder of Pod Health (now Scout Health), and leads on business development.  Pod Health is pioneering a prevention-led approach to healthcare that gives people greater control over their wellbeing and optimism about their future. We provide users with their own ecosystem of knowledge, support, testing, and guidance;  enabling them to monitor and manage their health. We combine a strong network of qualified medical professionals with best-in-class artificial intelligence to create comprehensive and highly-personalized tracking, analysis, and advice on a wide range of health issues. Pod Health currently has 10 employees, and secured seed funding of half a million pounds from a single angel investor.

Danae completed her undergraduate, graduate, and medical education in the United States. Prior to beginning medical school, Danae obtained a master’s degree in Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. She has always been passionate about international healthcare systems, having studied and worked across North America, Europe and Africa. Intrigued by the opportunity to live in the UK, Danae moved from Chicago to Oxford in 2015. Since concluding her foundation training, she works predominantly in Emergency Medicine. Danae believes that Pod Health uses a unique combination of science and technology to provide a personalized, modern and efficient service that empowers patients by offering convenient access to predictive and preventative medical care. She is excited to use her diverse experience to deliver the best aspects of each healthcare system.

Entrepreneurship is a mindset – a way of thinking and acting. It’s the persistent progression towards an innovative solution to a key problem. It’s the constant desire to make things better, because you are never satisfied with the status quo.

There wasn’t one question or a single moment that defined whether our idea was “good enough.” Ideas are constantly evolving.  Rather, I’d suggest the following: Identify a problem that you understand – something that you have personally experienced, or something that you are genuinely passionate about. Find an innovative solution. Do your research. Set realistic goals. Then build a team with a diverse set of skills to help you achieve those goals.

– Vision: You need to see opportunities where others see challenges.
– Grit: You must be able to perservere in the face of (often frequent) rejection.
– Insight: You should never become so attached to an idea that you can’t recognize when it’s no longer working.

Collaborating with others on finding new ways to solve problems and create value.

Unilever. They are a multinational corporation who have also become an inclusive, socially responsible enterprise.

What strategies new ventures should consider when trying to develop and maintain a socially responsible enterprise.

Recognize your strengths and limitations. Just because you are good at some things, doesn’t mean that you will be great at everything. Understand where your time and energy is best spent, and trust your team enough to delegate tasks to those with the most appropriate experience.

We obtained seed funding through a single angel investor.

The Oxford Foundry was instrumental in helping us to refine our concept, and provided an incredible network of support.

Oxford is an incredible city. It’s home to an international community of highly motivated, educated individuals with diverse backgrounds and decades of experience. Take advantage of their close proximity! Learn as much as you can, from as many people as you can.

– Oxford Foundry
– Enterprising Oxford
– Oxford University Center for Innovation
– Oxford Innovation Center
– Innovation Forum

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – fail fast, and fail often. But leaning from your mistakes, and applying what you’ve learned from previous failures, is what will eventually lead to future success.

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