Innovation Challenge Past Events

Innovation Challenge Past Events

 

The Landscape of Healthcare Entrepreneurship: Beyond Drugs, Devices & Digital Services
January 24, 2023

Aspiring entrepreneurs often assume that opportunities for healthcare innovation are centered around devices, drugs, or digital services that improve patient outcomes. However, the complex challenges facing healthcare present significant additional opportunities related to pricing, incentives, risk, competition, financing, contracting and business model design. This discussion will look at fundamental economic issues in the US healthcare ecoosystem together with their implications and opportunities for entrepreneurship. 

Students will gain visibility into areas of healthcare where needs and impactful opportunities may exist and that they may not otherwise be exposed to.

Speaker: Jim Jusko ('86) - Founder, Firelight Health LLC and VP Strategy + General Counsel, Excel Health Plans

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Pitching to Investors
November 9, 2022

Presentations are much more than appealing graphics: content, structure, story, design, AND delivery combine to provide a communication medium like no other. This workshop is intended to help students formulate and practice their storytelling skills as entrepreneurs.

Speaker: Ahmed Mirza ('19) - Principal, AM Ventures

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Fundamentals of Team Formation
November 2, 2022

A discussion of general recruiting principles, applicable to companies of all sizes and stages. This presentation will also discuss key concepts and tactics specific to identifying and hiring co-founders.
Anyone who becomes a manager at any point in their career will need to be able to hire effectively. These learnings can form a framework of how to do that. Additionally, we will discuss important talent & culture considerations for anyone seeking to one-day start a company, on their own or with a co founding team.

Speaker: Paula Judge ('89) is VP Talent at the venture capital firm Accel, a seed, early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs.

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Building a Financial Model Workshop
October 19, 2022

Entrepreneurs face a unique challenge in creating a financial forecast: how do you forecast the future when you have little or no financial history? This workshop will walk you through creating a financial forecast for a pitch deck or business plan. Topics will include: 
   » If you have no financial history - where do you start? 
   » What are angel investors looking for? 
   » What information should and should not be included
   » Forecasting growth 
   » Key assumptions you need to define, explain and understand 
   » Metrics/KPI's 
   » Do's and Don'ts in forecasting
As entrepreneurs, understanding how to create a business plan and pitch deck are critical to success and providing a financial forecast is a "must have" in both.

Speaker: Anne Plechner ('89) works as a Fractional/Interim CFO, board member, consultant, and coach with extensive experience as a CFO in middle market, high growth companies in a variety of industries.

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