Testing Your Social Venture: Iterating Based on Market Feedback
How do you test and iterate your idea? Social entrepreneurs and impact investors will discuss how social entrepreneurs can truly understand social needs and the demands of the impact economy, as well as how to skillfully and resiliently adapt their models as their understanding of these needs changes. Co-sponsored by the i-lab and the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, to support the New Venture Competition and open to anyone with an interest in creating a social venture.
Workshop Presenters Include:
Miguel Granier, Founder and Managing Director
Miguel Granier is the Founder and Managing Director of Invested Development, which launched in July 2009. Before founding Invested Development, he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia. Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2003 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance. In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China. He holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
Sidhant Jena, CEO (MBA ’11)
(SE Track Winner 2011)
Sidhant Jena is co-founder of Jana Care, a digital health company spun-out of research at Harvard and MIT, that is building cellphone based diagnostics and evidence-based lifestyle modification programs for diabetes and cardiovascular disease patients. Sidhant received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Roozbeh Ghaffari, Co-founder
(along with Jon Puz, MBA '08, Krishna Yeshwant, MBA '09, and Gilbert Tang, MBA ‘'08)
Diagnostics for All
(SE Track Winner 2008, MIT $100K Competition 2008)
Dr. Roozbeh Ghaffari obtained his BS and MEng degrees in bio-electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received his PhD degree in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 2008. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Dr. Ghaffari helped launch Diagnostics For All, a non-profit organization developing low-cost paper-based health diagnostics, and co-founded MC10 Inc. MC10 is commercializing bio-integrated devices for wearable and minimally invasive medical applications. Dr. Ghaffari currently leads advanced technology at MC10 and has shaped the technology development focus around wearable and invasive medical applications. Dr. Ghaffari also holds a position as Research Scientist in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. His contributions in bio-integrated devices have been recognized with the Helen Carr Peake PhD Research Prize (2008) and MIT Technology Review magazine’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (2013). He has published over 25 research papers and is inventor on over 30 patent applications and awards.
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When & Where
Harvard Innovation Labs
The Harvard Innovation Labs consist of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship while building deeper connections. It is an excellent example of the One Harvard vision and a leading catalyst for the Allston Science and Enterprise District. The Innovation Labs fosters unprecedented collaboration among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.
The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs. It is an educational collaborative for all current Harvard students from any Harvard school to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage. It provides open co-working space, a vibrant community of peer and mentor support, experiential programming, and a 12-week Venture Incubation Program, helping student teams take their ideas further, faster.
The Launch Lab is a critical extension of the growing Harvard Innovation Labs. It provides eligible Harvard alumni leading high-potential early-stage startups with a curated community including collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to i-lab advisors and mentors. It fosters continued connection between alumni, current students, and the Harvard community as a whole.
The Harvard Life Lab is a curated community, providing eligible Harvard alumni, faculty and students leading high-potential early-stage life sciences startups with a fully equipped wet lab, collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.