Like any new budding entrepreneur my first day was full of hope, ideas and trepidation. Fast forward 18 months and I surprisingly feel the same.
This is my first venture into the mythical world of entrepreneurs and magical tales of start-ups. People warn you about the emotional roller coaster but what I hadn’t quite realised was that they were referring to the varying and opposing emotions all happening in the same day. In fact, several times over, up, down, up, down, up, down… intensified because you have invested everything in your project. These highs and lows are undeniably more extreme than usual. OK add in my drug Tamoxifen (a hormone treatment post breast cancer), admittedly some days are a bit of a winning formula.
What has kept me going?
Together these are a powerful combination and every day I wake up believing; ‘There is always hope’.
For those who I am yet to meet, let me share a little bit of our short history.
Do we take time to celebrate successes? I know I am the first to dish out this advice yet super useless at doing it myself. It is so easy to see what we are yet to accomplish that we can easily miss the amazing occasions experienced.
What is our current occasion? We won Digital Leaders HealthTech Innovation of the year. An unbelievable achievement which is beyond my wildest dreams. Winning is a thank you to everyone involved who is building Cancer Central and a nod of encouragement that we are going in the right direction. We can and will in time help thousands if not millions of people. Massive thanks to everyone who voted for us and to the judges for believing!
Staying positive during the lows is a skill and a blog topic on its own. I am currently facing an interesting situation.
The platform itself is progressing beautifully, thanks to yours, TechFINIUM, ROQ & IBM’s help. We have some very exciting features on the horizon and several cominovation days to be announced.
Cancer Central and your digital assistant Ave will grow in capabilities and intelligence. YET, for our work to make the difference and positive impact to people’s lives, we need businesses, charities and communities (local, regional and national) who support those affected by cancer to register on our site, so that we can signpost people to them in time of need.
We need all local knowledge and help to encourage registrations on Cancer Central.
Business & charity registrations includes but is not limited to, benefits advice, insurance products, counselling, complementary therapy, respite care, hats, wigs, lingerie, skincare, financial help, nutrition advice, local societies or communities, meals on wheels, books, blogs, forums, local hospital taxi services.
You guessed it; this is me, looking at you for advice and guidance.
How would you increase registrations on the site? Cancer Central is yet to receive funding, this means there is no paid resource power, no paid adverts or marketing. Any ideas in how we can solve this challenge?
‘There is always hope’.
I have hope that you will think of and share brilliant ideas in how to solve the above challenge.
I have hope that you will help find and encourage registrations.
I have hope that we will build this centralised resource together and help everyone affected by cancer.
Just like the hope I had 18 months ago when I first started out.
Look forward to hearing from you and thank you.