Digital Health Champions: Ouiwin, helping people in the digital environment
Emilie Jacquetton, the Founder of Ouiwin, has many dreams: Give a TED talk, write a book and help other people. To pursue the last one she established a platform which helps people find information and events concerning health problems they face: Ouiwin.com. We met Emilie at the Healthio Exhibition in Barcelona. In an interview, she talks with us about her vision and her experiences in the area of Digital Health.
Could you briefly introduce yourself? Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Emilie, the founder of Ouiwin, which is the result of my experience and my life’s purpose: Helping people using digital technology.
Why Digital Health and what was your pathway into the field?
I wanted to help people in their life, as I realized that it was directly linked to health. Moreover, health is very important to me, personally. For a long time, I have had issues with my back and this made me sensitive to how important a healthy life is. I have a digital background so for me Health Digital is the logic of my life.
What is the unique appeal of the company you lead?
Our company’s concept is based on a successful business model but focused on health. This is a market where there is much to do. Ouiwin is the first event platform 100% focused on helping people with a disease or facing difficult times in their lives. We are publishing the “health calendar” of your city and you can participate in workshops, conferences, and meetings close to you. Or you can meet someone for a coffee who overcame the same disease as yours.
We mainly focus on psychological or physical health problems, but also on concerns about life, related to maternity, education, problems at work etc… We want to push the Peer-2-Peer-help and we based our key of success on that the sharing economy is going to grow 35% per year until 2025 (according to PwC).
How did you develop the idea for Ouiwin? Is there a story behind it?
I wanted to create something new but also something useful that helps improve the quality of life.
After 15 years of Start-up-experience, I felt ready to create my own project. So I asked myself: What do you want to do? And the answer was: I want to help people in their life. What do you think, is useful to help people? Make them meet each other, and talk to each other.
I am a fan of the sharing economy, and for me, sharing is a new lifestyle. I investigated, and I found that there was no global digital health solution connecting people with the same disease in real life. I also saw that many health professionals offer meetings and workshops in order to inform their patients. This is why I decided to include them in my project.
What is the biggest professional challenge?
To convince everybody that your project is going to work.
What was your biggest professional success so far?
Jumping from a stable and well-paid job to launch my own company. For me, the jump is already a success.
It’s like diving in a pool. You will find many opportunities that you didn’t even think of before – and you quickly learn to swim).
What drives you to continually advance your company?
Every day I can find new input to help me advance the project: Every time I manage to arrange a meeting with a collaborator, every time I talk with another entrepreneur, every time someone tells me that the project is very good, everytime I have a new event published on the platform etc.
What are your top 3 key experiences of establishing a Digital Health company?
- Talk about your idea to everybody. At the beginning, you think that if you share your idea, everybody is going to copy it. But it’s not true. I learned that the benefit of sharing your idea is much higher than the risk to be copied. 90% of the people you talk to know someone, another website, data or an event, that can help you.
- Go to all the events you can concerning your sector or entrepreneurship: I never stop moving, and I can see that if you move you generate more opportunities. Networking is very very important for your business.
- „Good enough is the new perfect“. It’s not my quote, but it’s a very good tip I try to apply every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. DO – LEARN – FAIL – DO IT AGAIN BETTER
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge in the field of Digital Health?
I think the challenge is to democratise the health environment, make it more accessible and flexible using the private health environment.
How is Digital Health going to change our lives and society in 5‚ 10 and 25 years?
For me, the future is Collaborative as another channel to improve our quality of life. Helping people to meet and share their learnings and experiences. I think that it’s important to put emphasis on the “patient expert” because nobody can understand you better than someone who passed or overcame the same disease.
What advice would you give graduates who want to join the Digital Health industry or a Digital Health start-up?
I would say, if a student wants to do something useful for society, helping people choose Digital Heath. There is so much to do.
Try to gather as many experiences as possible in different companies. This way you get a clear picture of the market.
Which concrete problems or challenges within the field of Digital Health are these graduates going to face?
Understanding how the market works. You face a public and private health environment, so be patient and be curious.
What new, relevant perspectives do you think recent graduates will bring to the table of their company?
A new way to think and how they make use of the digital environment. The students are the future of our way to consume.
Which three qualities should an ideal candidate have?
Curiosity – Consistency – Honesty.
Emilie Jacquetton, thank you very much for the interview!
Emilie Jacquetton is the Founder of Ouiwin. Originally from France, Emilie is living in Spain for 15 years now.
She worked for Start-ups in the areas of online marketing and international markets, learning how to generate leads, sales and engagement from users for 15 years. Her passion is Life-Coaching, helping people to achieve their goals, boosting their motivation or supporting them in a life issue. She is a fan of the sharing economy and collaborates with Ouishare. She loves public speaking which she tries to improve every week in Barcelona Toastmaster.
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