Founders of Helium Health selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs
Leading healthcare technology provider in West Africa joins the leading global entrepreneur support organisation
Lagos, July 19 — Endeavor Nigeria announced today that Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, and Dimeji Sofowora, Co-Founders of Helium Health were selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs at the 17th virtual International Selection Panel (ISP).
L-R: Adegoke Olubusi (CEO), Tito Ovia (Head of Public Sector Growth), and Dimeji Sofowora (CFO)
The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs have demonstrated the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources and mentorship to create large-scale wealth and jobs. They’re committed to reinvesting their time and money in their local entrepreneurship ecosystems.
Founded in 2016 by Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, and Dimeji Sofowora, Helium Health is building the digital infrastructure that will power world-class healthcare services across emerging markets. The company is on a mission to accelerate Africa’s transition to a technology and data-driven healthcare sector.
Helium Health kicked off operations with their flagship product, Helium Health EHR, which is a cloud-based and offline health records and hospital management (EHR/HMIS) solution that is simple, robust, easy-to-adopt, highly customizable and built around the peculiarities of the Nigerian market. Today, Helium Health is the premier Health Tech Company in Africa, providing a suite of cutting-edge technology solutions for all healthcare stakeholders in emerging markets. The solutions include HeliumPay (a billing and payments solution that will help healthcare facilities accept payments from multiple sources), HeliumCredit (a quick and easy way for hospitals to access instant, collateral-free loans).
“Healthcare is one of the most complex sectors to solve for in our region. However, if anyone will win in this sector, it will be Goke, Tito, and Dimeji, said Tosin Faniro-Dada, Managing Director & CEO, Endeavor Nigeria. We believe this is the right time for the founders to join the Endeavor network and benefit from our global connections and mentorship needed to drive their expansion efforts. Our global network has 61 healthcare companies across 26 countries. Goke, Tito, and Dimeji would benefit from being part of this strong peer group of entrepreneurs who are at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey. We look forward to working with them and helping them scale.”
Speaking on their ISP experience and joining the Endeavor network, Goke Olubisi, Co-Founder & CEO of Helium Health said, “We are thrilled to be joining the Endeavor network at such a pivotal point in our journey. They are the ideal partner to catalyze the next phase of our growth — spearheading Africa’s promising health tech revolution and transforming global health.”
Goke, Tito and Dimeji were selected into the Endeavor network in a unanimous vote by a panel of global business leaders including Ruby Gadelrab Tudor (Founder & CEO, MDisrupt), Peter Njonjo (Endeavor Entrepreneur; Endeavor Kenya Board Member), Scott Sobel (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Valor Capital Group), Steve Frazier (Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co., Fmr. VP, Amazon), Susan Saideman (Independent Board Member; Fmr. VP, Amazon), and Mauro Schnaidman (Founder, Quantum Leap International).
The 17th virtual ISP had panelists from around the world interviewed entrepreneur candidates about their businesses, evaluating them on their potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs gain access to an unparalleled global network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, & investors who volunteer to mentor entrepreneurs as they face challenges with rapid growth.
“Through the years, we’ve come to understand the value of networks and on-the-ground experience in scaling businesses in emerging markets. As we focus on expanding within and outside Africa, we look forward to leveraging Endeavor’s vast resources, community, and presence across the globe.” – said Tito Ovia, Head of Public Sector Growth, on the value of joining the Endeavor network.
Dimeji Sofowora, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Helium Health also said, “Being counted amongst the impactful, brilliant entrepreneurs in the Endeavor network is an incredible validation of our work. We are excited to learn from and partner with our local and international Endeavor Entrepreneur peers”.
Helium Health is the 13th company selected into the global Endeavor network through the regional affiliated office in Nigeria. The three entrepreneurs represent the growing expectation for exceptional entrepreneurs with big ambitions and the ability to execute at scale. They join Gbenga Agboola & Ife Orioke (Flutterwave), Ngozi Dozie & Chijioke Dozie (Carbon), Etop Ikpe (Autochek), Abasi Ene-Obong (54gene), Tayo Oviosu & Jay Alabraba (Paga), Ekechi Nwokah (Migo), Jasper Graf von Hardenberg & Christian Wessels (Daystar Power), Bukky George (HealthPlus), Obi Ozor & Ife Oyedele (Kobo360), Kene Okwuosa & Moses Babatope (FilmHouse Group), Onyekachi Izukanne, Michael Ukpong & Ruke Awaritefe (TradeDepot) and Tosin Eniolorunda & Felix Ike (TeamApt).
Endeavor is the world’s leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 1997, Endeavor is a global organization with a mission to unlock the transformational power of entrepreneurship by selecting, supporting, and investing in the world’s top founders. Today, Endeavor’s network spans nearly 40 countries and supports more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, whose companies generate combined revenues of over $28 billion US, have created more than 3.9 million jobs, and, in 2020, raised over $4 billion US in capital. Endeavor’s unique entrepreneur-first model and network of trust provide a platform for founders to dream big, scale up, and pay it forward to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Endeavor launched its Nigeria office in 2018 to select and support the best founders of companies at the scale-up and growth stage, who recognise a responsibility to pay it forward and multiply their impact in Nigeria’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. In Nigeria, we aim to select 4-6 companies a year and today there are 24 Endeavor Entrepreneurs who are leading 13 companies in the portfolio.
Learn more about Endeavor in Nigeria: www.endeavornigeria.org
Learn about Endeavor’s global network: www.endeavor.org
About Helium Health
Helium Health is building the digital infrastructure to power world-class healthcare services across emerging markets. The company is on a mission to accelerate Africa’s transition to a technology and data-driven healthcare sector.
With a presence in 7 African countries — Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Cameroon, Uganda, and Kenya — Helium Health is the leading healthcare technology provider on the Continent, enabling 7,000+ medical professionals to provide care to over 300,000 patient visits monthly.
Founded in 2016, Helium Health has been inducted into the Forbes 30 under 30 healthcare class of 2019 and the CNBC Upstart 100 Class of 2019. The company was also inducted into The Future Awards 2018 Class for Technology and nominated for the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards in 2017 and 2018. Helium Health participated in the Google Launchpad Class 5 in 2018 and Ycombinator in 2017. In their founding year, Helium Health was awarded the Etisalat (9Mobile) Prize for Innovation and recognized by the Nigerian Presidency during the Aso Villa Demo Day.
To learn more about Helium Health, visit www.heliumhealth.com.
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ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Goke Olubusi, CEO:
Goke is one of Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs. As an engineer, he has years of experience working with global organizations such as eBay, PayPal, and Goldman Sachs. His penchant for building innovative products has landed him multiple awards from Chevron, Northrop Grumman, Maryland State, Lockheed Martin, and others. Adegoke served on the founding team for Africa’s largest indigenous social network with over 50 million users, and remains at the forefront of technological disruptions across the continent.
Tito Ovia, Head of Public Sector Growth:
Tito Ovia wants to change the world by making it easier for people to access quality healthcare. She has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester and has spent time working in Latin America and Africa with organizations like Orbis and Lagos State AIDS Control Agency. Tito uses her invaluable experience to drive public sector adoption of Helium Health’s solutions.
Dimeji Sofowora, CFO:
Dimeji is a lawyer with strong business acumen. He gained experience in the legal and financial sectors at top firms such as Goldman Sachs and Aluko & Oyebode, where he worked on M&A and capital market deals. Dimeji obtained an LLB degree from the University of Leeds and an LLM from the Queen Mary University of London.
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