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Whether you plan to enter one of the four main competitions or you simply want to learn more about entrepreneurship, attend our Founder's Workshops to gain direct, credible insights and advice from entrepreneurs who have built both large and small businesses and social enterprises.

Hear from experienced industry experts during mini-lectures, focused panels, and Q&A sessions. Take advantage of the opportunity to network and connect with the experts following their presentations.

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Virtual Founder’s Workshop: Entrepreneurship Through COVID-19

On October 9th, members of the Tufts community and beyond learned how entrepreneurs are pivoting to success during a pandemic.

Entrepreneurship during a pandemic comes with obstacles and opportunities. This event's keynote speaker was Trina Spear (A05), Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS, a medical apparel company that is supporting medical professionals during COVID-19. Recently launched Tufts startups also shared how they are pivoting to success during the global crisis.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Trina Spear

Trina Spear

Trina Spear is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS. FIGS is revolutionizing the $60 billion antiquated, highly fragmented medical apparel industry by creating the highest quality medical apparel in the world. FIGS is the first medical apparel company to sell directly to the consumer through its thoughtful, data-driven e-commerce platform that utilizes predictive analytics, a streamlined UI / UX experience and lifestyle-driven imagery. FIGS' foundation is built on product quality, with a relentless focus on fabric, fit and function. FIGS developed its proprietary, performance-oriented fabric technology to meet the unique demands of the medical profession. FIGS' Technical Collection fabric is antimicrobial, wrinkle-resistant, stain and liquid repellent, moisture-wicking, lightweight, breathable and offers four-way stretch. By offering a branded and customer-centric digital shopping experience, FIGS is changing how medical professionals think about and purchase their workwear. FIGS' Threads for Threads initiative is central to the mission and has donated over 500,000 sets of scrubs to healthcare providers in need in over 35 countries around the world.

FIGS has raised $75 million from investors, including most recently $65 million from Tulco (the fourth-largest raise for a female-founded company in 2017), and previously $10 million from Irving Place Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Will Smith and others. FIGS was recognized as Best for the World B-Corp in 2015. FIGS was ranked as Number 21 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing companies in 2018, experiencing a 9,948% growth rate over the prior three years.

Prior to launching FIGS, Trina Spear worked at The Blackstone Group. Trina was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015. Trina was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology for her article entitled, "Transforming the Healthcare Experience: Doctors, Nurses, Patients, and Beyond" in the October 2017 issue. She won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Los Angeles Region in 2018. She was recognized as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs’ Builders and Innovators Summit in 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Trina received her BA in Economics from Tufts University, graduating magna cum laude. She completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.

 

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Startup Fundamentals and Essentials

Innovate & Impact with Social Entrepreneurship

Keynote Speakers included:

Lisa Tanzer

Lisa Tanzer

Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good, has over 25 years of consumer brand experience. Prior to becoming president, Lisa served as the company’s Head of Marketing after spending over 20 years on the board of directors of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. She’s held executive positions in the entertainment, eCommerce, and education sectors. Earlier in her career, Lisa held marketing and strategy roles at Hasbro, Staples, The Gillette Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received her BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kevin Thurm

Kevin Thurm

Kevin Thurm is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation. He previously served as a senior counselor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he worked with Secretary Sylvia Burwell and HHS senior leadership on a number of cross-cutting strategic initiatives, including continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that role, Kevin held various leadership positions at Citigroup, including chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel. Before joining Citigroup, Thurm served as the deputy secretary and chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna E. Shalala. He received a bachelor's from Tufts University in 1983; a bachelor's/master's from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989.

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