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CommonwealthFirst is a major new initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs will be selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Export Champions will be provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

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Babylon Health

With the stated aim of putting an accessible and affordable health service into the hands of every person on earth, babylon are ambitious. This award-winning pioneer in digital health are now looking to take their globally scalable health technology platforms out to the Commonwealth and beyond.

babylon aims to deliver high quality personal healthcare to its customers at affordable cost with, as far as possible, the entire service conducted through a mobile phone. This brilliant simplicity allows the company’s mobile app to provide users with a formidable combination of world class Artificial Intelligence care (the ‘Check a Symptom’ function) with provision for live video consultations with actual GP’s – provided in a fraction of the time that patients would normally expect to wait for an in person appointment.

Founded by Dr Ali Parsa in 2013, babylon are rapidly growing in the UK, where they already have over 350,000 users, and Ireland. However, in order to demonstrate the viability of a vision far bigger than this, the company is now expanding into Rwanda where it hopes to show that access to high quality healthcare for everyone is possible – regardless of location or financial status.

Commonwealth First will work with babylon to help make their vision a reality in some of the world’s poorest regions including countries like Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and India which contain huge populations in desperate need of the kind of services that babylon can provide.