Monday, November 15, 2010

How did ClickDiagnostics begin?

What a great story! I wish I had been at MIT when this happened:

ClickDiagnostics was born in MIT Media Lab’s Development Ventures class, where we were challenged to create a business that would impact over a billion people in the developing world. We synthesized our ideas targeting health care using mobile technologies and community health workers and formed ClickDiagnostics. Across the campuses of Harvard University and MIT, we created a unique enterprise that focuses on maximizing social impact while being self-sustaining. On an MIT Legatum Seed Grant, we visited rural villages in Bangladesh, and captured live footage of health conditions. We were shocked and ever more compelled to make our vision of providing affordable and quality healthcare, a reality.



In May of 2008, we won the MIT 100K Business Plan Competition in the Development Track and incorporated the company. We used the prize money to develop our service lines and quickly expanded operations across several countries in the developing world, striking key partnerships with governments, large NGOs, telecommunication infrastructure companies, and health service firms necessary to create a cost-effective mobile health ecosystem, in order to provide affordable healthcare for the under-served population.

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