Posted: February 27, 2017, 4:14pm
Two weeks ago, the Health, Technology, and Engineering Program at USC (HTE@USC) hosted a mixer on the rooftop of the new Fertitta Hall on the corner of Figueroa and Exposition. Open to a range of students from the Viterbi School of Engineering, the USC Keck School of Medicine, and the Marshall School of Business, this event aimed to bring young entrepreneurs together and generate new ideas with medical applications. Although I already have a team that I am competing with in Viterbi’s Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC) and the Grief Center’s New Venture Seed Competition (NVSC), I reconnected with many PhDs in the HTE classes above me and met a few of the younger students.
Mike Kwon, an HTE alumnus and CEO of WhiteCoat, was the main speaker. Outlining his entire path from conducting research and working on other projects, to starting his company and transitioning out of school, Mike was inspiring and encouraging of all of us to pursue ventures in the healthcare space. My first priority is to finish my PhD and develop a better platform for modeling human heart diseases, but learning about starting new businesses in the medical device industry has massively influenced my research approach. I want to be prepared to take my PhD project to investors and venture capitalists if and when the time comes! If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, look into the HTE@USC program and begin competing in the many competitions and challenges open to all students here at USC!