Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference a Big Success for America21, BioEnterprise!
The first Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference (MBEC) exceeded all expectations. The culmination of collaborative efforts between The America21 Project and BioEnterprise turned out to be a remarkable two days of sharing information, engaging in important discussions and establishing key network connections that may prove to be a historic catalyst in furthering inclusive opportunities for minority entrepreneurs in the biomedical space.
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When the conference closed on the evening of May 22 after a ½ day workshop, 2 keynote speeches, 5 panel discussions, 2 receptions, a Company Showcase and presentations by 4 up-and-coming minority-led biomedical companies, there were still more than 100 professionals and 30 STEM high-school students remaining in the room. The energy and enthusiasm was palpable … and almost unending. When the reception bar finally closed down (an hour after the conference ended), there were still more than 40 people engaged in deep conversations.
MBEC at a Glance
Venue: Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio overlooking the construction site of the new Medical Mart
Date: May 21-22, 2012
Attendees: 195 registrants (including 30 STEM students; expected total attendance was 100)
155 attendees from 2 countries and 10 states
Presenting Entrepreneurs: 15 minority-owned or led biomedical companies
It was an honor to be involved in the nation’s first Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference.
America21 and BioEnterprise put together an amazing conference with excellent speakers and thought provoking content. The conference outlined the challenges and opportunities that the minority biomedical community has in areas such as capital access, opportunity access and research dollar access and offered concrete ideas on how to make progress against these issues.
I hope this is the first of many of these conference during which we will be able to mark our progress against these challenges.
Vice President and Regional Director
The Ohio Capital Fund
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The first Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference (MBEC) created an environment where minorities, especially African-Americans in science and math, could network. I had a chance to meet distinguished minority physicians and entrepreneurs that were willing and eager to discuss their career paths and insights in securing resources and funds to start a business.
Networking with colleagues of the same interest, along with the multiple panel discussions, was a great success for the first annual MBEC. This platform will be a tremendous asset in helping integrate minority science and technology businesses in the future.
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University
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The Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference can provide a road map for youth to find their way into the field of science and technology. I can see great potential within the Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference potentially making Cleveland the Mecca of the world within the Science and Biomedical Space.
Craig Brown, Ph.D.
National Vice President
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I thought the conference (MBEC) was excellent! I thought the content was powerful and the speakers were dynamic. It provided a great venue for minority start-ups to interface with the top minds in the industry.
Regina D. Shanklin, MBA
Senior Director Marketing Training
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MBEC was a great experience. I particularly liked the panel discussions because they allowed me to obtain insight about my career path. Overall, MBEC was an opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired.
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The MBEC was certainly an event that was long overdue. I believe that, over time, it will definitely make a substantial contribution to the continued development of the entrepreneurial talent base in communities of color. I am gratified to have had the opportunity to have been a part of the inaugural effort.
Ron E. Foy
Cambria Capital, LLC
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I recently attended the inaugural MBEC in Cleveland, OH, and found it to be very impactful. Although I had to travel well over 1,000 miles (from Houston, TX), it was well worth the trip. I found the seminars and panel discussions to be informative, relevant and thought-provoking. I came away with a better understanding of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in the current biomedical environment.
In addition, I was very pleased that the agenda not only allowed for networking opportunities, but encouraged the participants to interact on a social and professional level. I made several very good contacts and received great advice as I endeavor to start my own business.
As good as this first meeting was, I have no doubt that subsequent conferences have to the potential to be even more valuable for minority entrepreneurs as the word gets out and more people attend. I look forward to attending again next year (if not sooner)!
Christopher Sparks, Ph.D.
Better Outcomes Surgical Consulting
The Woodlands, TX
More to come …