Ankur Bhatnagar is in the final term of his Executive MBA at Imperial. Upon joining the programme, he was already employed full-time and working on an entrepreneurial idea with his brother Amit Bhatnagar. Their Idea? the Mobile Lab. The Mobile Lab is as simple as its name: a mobile lab allowing assessment of samples from remote areas. In short, a small suitcase-sized lab could have a huge impact the health and well-being of rural communities.
In a recent interview, Ankur revealed his inspiration, and what it will take to get his revolutionary innovation to communities in India and Africa.
In countries such as India, people don’t always have the ability or funds to visit doctors to address their health concerns and that in many cases, if they go undetected and worsen, the cost can be even higher for their communities.
He explains that in countries such as India, people don’t always have the ability or funds to visit doctors to address their health concerns and that in many cases, if they go undetected and worsen, the cost can be even higher for their communities.
Therefore, The Mobile Lab aims to “provide users with lab equipment in a suitcase and provide medical professionals with the tools needed, in an easy to transport form, to diagnose non-communicable disease by testing of the blood parameters,” explains Ankur.
In terms of the logistics, Ankur is also studying and continuing a full-time consultancy role, which makes for a very busy schedule. “My average day sees me work two jobs; the Mobile Lab and my full-time job, as a consultant. I am usually juggling the two jobs working on the Mobile Lab in the morning and then spending the day at my full-time role. Most of my evenings and weekends are taken up with working on the Mobile Lab Project and, where I can, work for my Executive MBA!” says Ankur.
Currently Ankur’s focus is to find potential investors in the UK to support the operations in India and their planned expansion into Afria.
“We are working to have the Mobile Lab introduced to communities in India as well as Africa, which requires a different approach. So we will be working with people who have contacts with the High Commission to help us connect with the Health Minister of Uganda,” adds Ankur.
At a phase where the project is looking to develop further, there are two main challenges to overcome: “the first is gaining awareness for our product. The second is getting the right people on board to help with investment in our product,” says Ankur.
Ankur’s passion for social enterprise is evident in his closing comments: “The project will not only provide quality diagnostics to rural communities, but it will also create employment opportunities for low-skilled workers. For our team, there is nothing more satisfactory than working to support communities as well as reducing unnecessary financial and emotional costs for families by providing early diagnosis and advice.”
For more information on The Mobile Lab project you can watch a short presentation here.