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Significantly extend healthy lifespan by keeping the elderly out of hospital

THROUGH VENTURE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VIDA CARE
THE CHALLENGE

Many of us live far away from our elderly relatives, few of us are able to monitor 24/7 and few people plan for the last 10-20 years of life beyond a race to retirement. This often leads to a depressingly consistent and surprisingly sudden and rapid journey from full mobility and independence to increasing GP visits, hospitalisation, in home care and ultimately care homes. 

We strongly believe that much of this is avoidable, it’s not inevitable but a symptom of the currently highly fragmented system locally optimised around saving cash in the near term whilst missing the bigger picture. 

Our partner Vida Care sees this first hand owning and managing care agencies, within this setting there are technological advancements in monitoring and predicting some of the key causes of hospitalisation, but it doesn’t go far enough, at best it’s a “just in time” approach at worst it’s a cost saving measure.

This is a hard problem, social and healthcare budgets aren’t joined up, many of the problems are hidden or not even actively considered until too late. We believe there are ways to join up the value chain, learning from tangential areas, and significantly extend healthy life-span at home. Alongside DSV and the core Vida team you’ll be working directly with board members Professor Paul Riley (also on the board of British Heart Foundation), Fergus Hay (ex-CEO of Leagas Delaney, ranked number 3 agency in the UK), and John White who built the highest rated European Hedge fund. 

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

Initially we will focus on exploring the concept of integration across the supply chain; pre-care delivery, in-home care delivery, GP health management, and post-hospitalisation care and across domains from precision medicine to equity release and meal delivery. Using 1) a hypothesis driven back-tested and prospective trials to determine effective interventions (from advanced monitoring to simple behavioural changes) and 2) mixing and matching economic models beyond the principal source of local authority care budgets right through to equity release, finding efficiencies of scale that allow a much higher quality of care.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

Joining DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for and launch your own health tech startup. Working with us and our current founders, you’ll have access to a completely new kind of environment for creating science companies, one that does not start with university IP, but with a systematic rework of an opportunity area from first principles.

Working with Vida will allow you to tap into their expertise in domiciliary care delivery and build from an existing base of strength.

 

OUR OFFER

We’ll provide a competitive monthly consultancy fee whilst you’re developing the concept(s) for your new venture and look to either spin-out as a new (or even several new) companies or build within Vida as most appropriate for the opportunities identified, you be equipped with a meaningful equity stake and resourcing to achieve the vision in either route.

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The ideal lead most likely has a burning desire to solve this, potentially led by personal experience. 

Ideal experience would likely come from some sort of fin-tech / insure-tech / care pathway-tech challenger with late stage venture milestones (series A+) in which you were part of the team reworking the model to improve the quality to the customer by taking out siloed inefficiencies. Ideally at a product manager level (not necessarily that title) with responsibility and evidence of iterating on the business model, undertaking early user testing and rapidly scaling the growth engine. 

We would also consider less direct product experience and more specific experience in re-working care pathways. Or high product development experience in another sector with a burning passion for this problem and an ability to demonstrate a really steep learning curve around the space during interviews.

We don’t require founder experience, an idea or any IP, we will be exploring the space with you from scratch.

THE CHALLENGE

Many of us live far away from our elderly relatives, few of us are able to monitor 24/7 and few people plan for the last 10-20 years of life beyond a race to retirement. This often leads to a depressingly consistent and surprisingly sudden and rapid journey from full mobility and independence to increasing GP visits, hospitalisation, in home care and ultimately care homes. 

We strongly believe that much of this is avoidable, it’s not inevitable but a symptom of the currently highly fragmented system locally optimised around saving cash in the near term whilst missing the bigger picture. 

Our partner Vida Care sees this first hand owning and managing care agencies, within this setting there are technological advancements in monitoring and predicting some of the key causes of hospitalisation, but it doesn’t go far enough, at best it’s a “just in time” approach at worst it’s a cost saving measure.

This is a hard problem, social and healthcare budgets aren’t joined up, many of the problems are hidden or not even actively considered until too late. We believe there are ways to join up the value chain, learning from tangential areas, and significantly extend healthy life-span at home. Alongside DSV and the core Vida team you’ll be working directly with board members Professor Paul Riley (also on the board of British Heart Foundation), Fergus Hay (ex-CEO of Leagas Delaney, ranked number 3 agency in the UK), and John White who built the highest rated European Hedge fund. 

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

Initially we will focus on exploring the concept of integration across the supply chain; pre-care delivery, in-home care delivery, GP health management, and post-hospitalisation care and across domains from precision medicine to equity release and meal delivery. Using 1) a hypothesis driven back-tested and prospective trials to determine effective interventions (from advanced monitoring to simple behavioural changes) and 2) mixing and matching economic models beyond the principal source of local authority care budgets right through to equity release, finding efficiencies of scale that allow a much higher quality of care.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

Joining DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for and launch your own health tech startup. Working with us and our current founders, you’ll have access to a completely new kind of environment for creating science companies, one that does not start with university IP, but with a systematic rework of an opportunity area from first principles.

Working with Vida will allow you to tap into their expertise in domiciliary care delivery and build from an existing base of strength.

 

OUR OFFER

We’ll provide a competitive monthly consultancy fee whilst you’re developing the concept(s) for your new venture and look to either spin-out as a new (or even several new) companies or build within Vida as most appropriate for the opportunities identified, you be equipped with a meaningful equity stake and resourcing to achieve the vision in either route.

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The ideal lead most likely has a burning desire to solve this, potentially led by personal experience. 

Ideal experience would likely come from some sort of fin-tech / insure-tech / care pathway-tech challenger with late stage venture milestones (series A+) in which you were part of the team reworking the model to improve the quality to the customer by taking out siloed inefficiencies. Ideally at a product manager level (not necessarily that title) with responsibility and evidence of iterating on the business model, undertaking early user testing and rapidly scaling the growth engine. 

We would also consider less direct product experience and more specific experience in re-working care pathways. Or high product development experience in another sector with a burning passion for this problem and an ability to demonstrate a really steep learning curve around the space during interviews.

We don’t require founder experience, an idea or any IP, we will be exploring the space with you from scratch.

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

Interviews ongoing, start date asap