A New Vision For Travel Health: From Relief Pharmacy to Tech Entrepreneurship
A Feature on Stephanie El-Chakieh
Travelling and spending time in remote locations in Quebec and later a spiritual journey to India not only contributed to Stephanie’s personal growth and worldview, it also became a pivot to initiate a project that would shift paradigms in healthcare and tourism.
Passionate about travelling herself, she saw value in exploring the unknown, meeting new people and cultures. Establishing catalytic connections and relationships across the globe had her identify the link missing between health and tourism and birthing the idea that later blossomed into Volyse, a virtual travel health clinic.
“Volyse’s mission is to stand against preventable infectious diseases and travel related problems caused by lack of awareness and knowledge.’
“At Volyse, our mission is to be a travel health companion so our clients could focus on planning and enjoying their trip. We aim to ease and innovate the access to travel health support and assure that each traveller has the proper tools for their trips. We want to increase awareness on the necessity of being well prepared before travelling. – Our main focus is prevention.” Stephanie explains.
She believes having had great support from her mentors along the way and the enthusiasm she receives from new members of the Volyse community helps her in tackling obstacles any startup encounters.
“I believe we can learn from anyone, but we need to have this openness and willingness to learn and grow.”
Open to feedback and eager to engage in intellectual exchanges, Stephanie continues to raise awareness on travel health in any possible way. She believes there is great value in constructive criticism, advice, suggestions or guidance on anything, from a personal to a professional standpoint. In her personal and professional network, she values advice on how to balance life and business as well as exchanging lessons on finance and business strategy.