LSN Conducts Entrepreneurial Master Class Workshop for 100 Fulbright Foreign Students

26 Apr

By Dennis Ford, Founder and CEO of Life Science Nation, Creator of the RESI Conference Series

LSN taught a 3-day entrepreneurial workshop entitled “Biomedical Innovations and Startups” for 100 Fulbright Foreign Students who are currently studying and conducting research at institutions across the United States. This seminar is part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, an academic and cultural exchange program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The workshop took place in Boston over the weekend, and it was a great experience sharing LSN’s knowledge of the early-stage life science arena.

The purpose of the seminar was to provide the Fulbrighters with an opportunity to explore and examine the process of taking life-saving inventions from ideation and creation stages to the public market. The life science domain is unique in that a startup entity’s journey starts with academic tech transfer agreements, which lead to regional and national government non-dilutive funding followed by capital investors and licensing partners. LSN has a decade of expertise in the startup universe helping hundreds of companies raise billions of dollars through its products and services. LSN has developed a curriculum that it delivers as part of its Focus on Cures Accelerator which offers several master class workshops to global tech hubs and incubators. This particular workshop highlighted the core elements of launching an early-stage company’s branding and a messaging in conjunction with a global partnering campaign. The theme of the workshop was finding your entrepreneurial voice, developing a compelling narrative and then clearly tell the story of team, product, company milestones and partnering strategy. Topics covered included:

  • How to find your entrepreneurial voice and the importance of getting your story straight
  • How to generate a global target list of capital investors and licensing partners who could provide the funds and services necessary to grow your business
  • How to perform a thorough competitive landscape analysis
  • How to use multiple modalities (from tagline to executive summary to pitch deck) to cogently tell your company story

The 3-day entrepreneurial workshop concluded with a pitch competition that highlighted not only the talent and entrepreneurial agency that the Fulbrighters possessed, but that the key take-home messages of the master class had been well integrated and understood. We can expect many of these students to be industry leaders in the coming years and were honored to have been a part of their journey.

IMG_5788LSN team, Dennis Ford, Candice He and Alex Vassallo, with first place Fulbright Team.

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