Competing in the Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

July 27, 2017

Posted: March 17, 2016, 12:28am


For the past five months, my friend and I have been participating in the Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, a competition that allows USC engineering students to pursue concepts that positively affect the greater global society. The innovations must be solutions to needs that the underprivileged and underdeveloped populations experience daily. Starting from scratch, all of the teams attended workshops on topics crucial to the start-up landscape: intellectual property, business models, pricing, and more. As an engineering student, I learned a lot about the financial side of medical device innovation, and gained experience in interviewing customers, pitching our ideas, and prototyping.

Stephanie Fong and I have co-founded a company called FlexSpecs, which aims to provide low-income, visually impaired populations with affordable glasses that can adjust to fit any prescription. Currently, we are moving into our second stage of customer discovery and prototyping. Although we have yet to compete in the final competition next month, we have already been featured on USC’s homepage! To learn more about the Min Challenge and FlexSpecs, check out the article here:

Published on July 27th, 2017

Last updated on August 10th, 2017