One of Barbados’ burgeoning entrepreneurs is continuing his journey of success with his innovative application in the field of medical technology.
This time, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MedRegis Dale Trotman is on his way to London to take part in the Pitch@Palace Commonwealth showcase.
The 29-year-old former Foundation School student will be taking part in the event, which will see entrepreneurs from the 52 Commonwealth countries showcasing their products ranging from medtech, biotech and artificial intelligence to a variety of other solutions in education, media and communications, energy and the environment.
Trotman will depart Barbados on Wednesday and return on April 20. While in London, he will engage in a boot camp on April 13, and join the other entrepreneurs to make a final pitch on April 16 as he vies for the top spot.
A confident Trotman said winning the competition would put him in an even better position to quickly further develop and commercialize his app.
“So in attendance there will be CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world and also investors looking at the young entrepreneurs from the 52 Commonwealth nations,” said an elated Trotman.
“It means exposure. It means showing the world that Barbados and the Caribbean has something to offer. We may not have much entrepreneurial infrastructure as some of the other countries such as the USA or Europe, but we are very resilient people and it shows when we reach finals in such prestigious competitions,” he said.
MedRegis was designed to change the way nurses, doctors, pharmacists and front desk workers in medical facilities document, store and share patient information within their network.
After working on the innovation since late 2012, Trotman officially launched it in July of last year, with the intention of improving efficiency within the health care system and eliminating to a greater extent the use of paper.
He is currently engaged in a pilot project with the Sandy Crest Medical Centre and the Coverley Medical Centre, as he irons out any remaining kinks and makes necessary further developments.
He hopes to commercialize the application by the end of this year.
The government worker said he was elated to have been selected for the Pitch@Palace Commonwealth, pointing out that such an esteemed event should lead to more doors opening for him.
“I feel great. It is a prestigious event and it is a great opportunity for me to show my talents and show what I have been working [on] for quite a while. It also puts me in a position where I can network and meet people who can push this project further than where I can push it by myself or with the people here locally.
“Some of these people have access to some of the biggest companies in the world and with that comes not just investment by way of finance but also knowledge and best practices,” he said.
Trotman’s journey started back in 2013 when he took part in the inaugural Caribbean Innovation Challenge organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT). From that competition he was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Talent and Innovation Competition of The Americas (TICS Americas).
He has also taken part in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in San Francisco, California in 2016.
He said one of the main challenges he had to overcome in the initial phase was accessing finance. So far Trotman has managed to raise $110,000, approximately $30,000 of which he said came from less conventional methods – entering local, regional and international competitions.
Looking towards the potential opportunities awaiting him in London, Trotman said he was seeking to engage potential investors while making Barbados proud.
“My aim is to go to London and make Barbados proud. I am going with the mindset that I want to win this competition. If I don’t win I am going to make sure I enjoy myself and network, learn and make new collaborations for myself and the Caribbean,” he said.
Encouraging other entrepreneurs to stay the course, the St Philip resident said while there will always be stumbling blocks and negativity “especially when you are doing something that seems out of the ordinary” that should not deter anyone from pursuing their dreams.
“Once you know what you want to do, don’t let anybody stop you from getting where you need to get and stopping you from achieving what you want to achieve in life. So you just have to know where you want to go and stick to that path,” advised Trotman. (MM)