Enabling Entrepreneurship

Track: Career Development

Session Number: 2585
Date: Fri, Apr 21st, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Description:

Dr. Ekker will describe an innovative course he has implemented at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science for PhD students and other trainees. Case Studies in Entrepreneurship takes the course participants through the basic building blocks of entrepreneurship including defining the problem, proposed solution, why the team has the skills, talent and grit to solve the problem, why now is the time to implement the team's idea, and why the idea has a core underlying business model to pay for it. The course participants then present to entrepreneurs in a session loosely modeled on the popular ABC reality TV show Shark Tank. More 'speed dating’ than closing a business deal, the Minnesota version called Walleye Tank helps develop the broader local entrepreneurial community by showcasing business development at an array of stages. The students present to real entrepreneurs and investors, and two businesses have been spun out of each course offering. The presentation by Dr. Ekker will include active demonstrations of the process and the final pitches by the students - bring your own ideas and try pitching yourself.
Session Type: Lecture

Discipline: None
Session Description: Dr. Ekker will describe an innovative course he has implemented at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science for PhD students and other trainees. Case Studies in Entrepreneurship takes the course participants through the basic building blocks of entrepreneurship including defining the problem, proposed solution, why the team has the skills, talent and grit to solve the problem, why now is the time to implement the team's idea, and why the idea has a core underlying business model to pay for it. The course participants then present to entrepreneurs in a session loosely modeled on the popular ABC reality TV show Shark Tank. More 'speed dating’ than closing a business deal, the Minnesota version called Walleye Tank helps develop the broader local entrepreneurial community by showcasing business development at an array of stages. The students present to real entrepreneurs and investors, and two businesses have been spun out of each course offering. The presentation by Dr. Ekker will include active demonstrations of the process and the final pitches by the students - bring your own ideas and try pitching yourself.
Session Type: Lecture

Discipline: None
Session Description: Dr. Ekker will describe an innovative course he has implemented at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science for PhD students and other trainees. Case Studies in Entrepreneurship takes the course participants through the basic building blocks of entrepreneurship including defining the problem, proposed solution, why the team has the skills, talent and grit to solve the problem, why now is the time to implement the team's idea, and why the idea has a core underlying business model to pay for it. The course participants then present to entrepreneurs in a session loosely modeled on the popular ABC reality TV show Shark Tank. More 'speed dating’ than closing a business deal, the Minnesota version called Walleye Tank helps develop the broader local entrepreneurial community by showcasing business development at an array of stages. The students present to real entrepreneurs and investors, and two businesses have been spun out of each course offering. The presentation by Dr. Ekker will include active demonstrations of the process and the final pitches by the students - bring your own ideas and try pitching yourself.

Speakers

Speaker 1
Stephen C Ekker, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mayo Clinic