When MedServe co-founders Anne Steptoe and Patrick O’Shea signed on to grow their venture idea with CUBE in the fall of 2015, they dreamed of transforming the lives of future health care providers and underserved communities. In just two years, their vision has evolved into a rural health care revolution. To date, the company has placed 19 fellows in 15 counties across North Carolina – and these efforts are only growing.
This summer, MedServe established a partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small businesses. Medserve’s staff members have been paired with SCORE mentors in their respective areas of the state. These burgeoning relationships will allow the team to focus on fine-tuning and expanding organizational efforts such as recruiting future fellow and clinic participation.
SCORE mentors, like health care advisor Erinn Berkman, can offer personalized counseling and powerful networking opportunities. Megan Hare, a MedServe program director, has already witnessed the benefits of Beekman’s work with her staff.
“Erinn Beekman has worked wonders over in Wilmington,” Hare said. “We’ve made some very valuable connections through her.”
The Campus Y’s CUBE helped establish the partnership and is proud of Medserve’s continued growth. CUBE allows social entrepreneurs to work on UNC’s campus and receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs to help obtain funding and build future development. To visit CUBE, go to socialinnovation.unc.edu/spaces/cube.