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An Inside Look at Starting a Business

  • Wu & Chen Auditorium 3330 Walnut Street Philadelphia (map)

TIDE (Technology & Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship) is hosting a panel discussion with the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Four panelists across a wide range of industries and technologies will openly share with you their journey of starting a company from scratch. They will discuss the challenges and watch-outs for new entrepreneurs and take questions from the audience.

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Bethany Edwards - Co-Founder & CEO of LIA Diagnostics (first FDA cleared, flushable and 100% biodegradable pregnancy test that started from her Master’s Thesis)

Steve Finn - Co-Founder of LocalStove (technology based company that connects independent chefs to clients looking for catered meals, recently acquired by HUNGRY!) and Co-Founder of

Ken Gall - Co-Founder & CTO of MedShape (innovative shape memory orthopedic devices, acquired by Conmed), Co-Founder of Vertera (porous polymer spinal fusion implants, acquired by Nuvasive), Co-Founder of Restor3d (3D printing of polymers for implants) and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University

Ben Williams - Co-Founder & COO of Reelio (platform helping brands & influencers work to build branded content, acquired by Fullscreen Media, a subsidiary of AT&T)

Moderated by Vanessa Chan - Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Undergraduate Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania and Founder of Redesign Studio

Earlier Event: September 16
Health 2.0 12th Annual Fall Conference
Later Event: September 24
The MedTech Conference