Meet Precious, a young and ambitious entrepreneur with a strong affinity for the international healthcare industry.
In light of the recent events surrounding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), now more than ever, is there a need for internationals to take control of their health. However, complex healthcare systems, cultural differences and lack of a sense of urgency on the side of the immigrants are barriers limiting them to access the necessary healthcare in the Netherlands. These problems echo to universities and municipalities, and eventually translate to higher healthcare costs for the whole system.
Precious is looking for a co-founder. Are you interested? Click here. Want to know a bit more about Precious? Read the interview below.
Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I came from the Philippines and literally grew up in a hospital. After pre-med I went straight into medical school, and did my internship in the same hospital. I became a general practitioner in the south of Manila, and stayed there for a while. Throughout my journey, I was exposed to a lot of inefficiencies in the healthcare system, and wanted to do something to change that. I came to the Netherlands because I wanted to learn how I can improve efficiency in healthcare back home through entrepreneurship.
What is your favourite thing to do in Utrecht?
Just go around the center and stroll around the canals, just enjoy the surroundings.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
To be honest, I don’t really want to be somebody else. I really enjoy where I am today, it took me a while to realize what I wanted to do. But now I am very happy and satisfied. I just want to live my life, I don’t want to live anybody else’s.
Why did you decide to join the Holland Startup program?
I grew up in the hospital system and wasn’t really that exposed with entrepreneurship, even though my parents are both business people. Knowing the expertise of Holland Startup and how they are building companies from scratch, and putting cofounders together, helping them to be successful, that creates value for me as an aspiring entrepreneur.
What do you expect to be the most challenging part of your journey here?
In medicine, everything is just algorithms based on how a condition is presented. Building a company is more than that, more innovative thinking, strategy and business development skills. Learning those things and applying them would be the most challenging for me.
We are suffering a pandemic right now. How does this affect you as an entrepreneur in residence?
The pandemic brought the healthcare startup scene into the spotlight. More people are wanting to get involved in wanting to make a change in how the world is dealing with pandemic situations like the Coronavirus. Although it is disheartening how a lot of people are dying from this disease, we are in the best place to be to improve on how we deal with threats like this.
Throughout history, pandemics has paved the way into improvements in the healthcare system, like how the Spanish Flu triggered leaps of improvement for public health. We are now also on that crossroads. We have no way as a society, but to improve how we deal with emerging infections like this, now with the help of technology.
With this pandemic going on, do you’ve got any tips for fellow entrepreneurs who are in the same stage and situation as you are?
I am still in an early stage compared to other companies who are already in validation or in discovery. But if I could give any advice I would say to be more open to the situation, be more adaptable and flexible in terms of how you’re doing things. Be open to other people’s ideas and just hold on tight and keep on improving.
How does the corona outbreak affect your idea as an entrepreneur with a health focus?
It definitely has strengthened my love for healthcare. There has been a lot of health innovations for the past few years, and this pandemic will impact the healthcare sector a lot in terms of creating innovations that will improve efficiency and accessibility for most people, especially in the field of migration and public health. As for the people, they will want to take more control of their health and will be more sensitive to health threats around them.