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Barclays Black Founder Accelerator:
Sozo AI Limited

 

We chat with Anthony Okolo, Sally Okolo, Okey Mba and Ivan PaoliI of Sozo Ai on why they decided to join the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator.

Tell us about Tendelo.

Sozo AI Limited is devoted to a vision to use technology to innovate, create, maintain, and distribute goodness around the world. We have developed the HealthyME app as a tool to enable healthcare professionals remotely consult with their patients through video, audio, or instant messaging; supporting healthcare communications in a world severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HealthyME focuses on making this tool “cost-neutral” to healthcare professionals, lowering the costs needed for or healthcare providers to serve their patients, personalize their treatment outcomes and share knowledge with other professionals within closed platforms. These cost savings are passed onto their Patients who also benefit from a fast and secure healthcare service, with 24/7 access to professionals and control of their healthcare history.
 

Why did you join the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator?

  • The opportunity to showcase HealthyMe to potential clients and investors
  • To gain mentorship opportunities with experts and industry champions
  • To get the tools to create, evaluate and deploy a winning Go-To-Market strategy for HealthyMe
  • To gain access to the Eagle Labs network around the UK and beyond"
     

What would be your desired outcome from this programme?

  • To gain mentorship opportunities with experts and industry champions
  • To get the tools to create, evaluate and deploy a winning Go-To-Market strategy for HealthyMe
  • To gain access to the Eagle Labs network around the UK and beyond
  • To lay out our expectations regarding the selling price of the business, the terms of sale and desired time scales for completion."
     

Which entrepreneur inspires you the most and why?

David Green and Bill Gates - Both because their riches did not turn them away from their beliefs and also that they have consistently committed to using their riches to distribute goodness around the world. I would like to have the influence they have to do more for people everywhere.
 

What has been your biggest win in your entrepreneurial journey?

Building 2 successful companies - 1 in Nigeria (Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Ltd) and the other in the UK (MLP Trading Limited)
 

And your biggest challenge?

Sales and marketing always is the main challenge of business but they both boil down to the right people, either as contacts or colleagues who can receive, build and grow the business' vision.

Where did you go for business advice and how did it help you?

OneCode base and Barclay Eagle Labs personnel have been tremendous help in the startup phase of HealthyMe.
 

What drives you to make your business a success?

Being able to make a difference in peoples' lives and distributing good around the world.
 

What advice would you give other founders thinking about starting their own business?

Always design your thinking and actions to change the world, that way even if you fail, you would have still impacted much around you.
 

Why did you want to start your business?

To provide people with solutions that help make their lives better, easier or more convenient.
 

What do you do to relax when not working?

Reading, cooking, listening to music and being a DJ
 

How has covid made you pivot your business?

It accelerated the need for HealthyMe to provide remote solutions to health professionals and practices.

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