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Applications Open for 2020 Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp


Applications are now open for the Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

Held from May 17-22 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, the boot camp aims to empower undergraduate and graduate students who are starting a healthcare venture. During the course of the intensive five-day program, students from colleges across the state will receive hands-on training in a range of disciplines that will provide them with the resources and knowledge to solve problems in healthcare and start their own venture.

Subject matter experts from Arkansas institutions, including UCA, UAMS and the entrepreneurial community, will provide greater insight into the workings of health care and health care ventures. Students will interact with approximately 70 experts during the course of the camp.

“The camp empowers students to find a problem, specific to the healthcare community, gather credible facts and customer discovery to validate that problem, and then based on that information, solve that problem in an innovative way,” Jeff Standridge, Managing Director at Conductor, said. “We get to see students think critically, gain hands-on experience, and solve problems and it is changing the thought processes, lives, and career paths of students across the state.”

At the end of the camp, the student teams will present their venture ideas during a Demo Day that the public is invited to watch.

The 2020 Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will mark the fourth year for the program, which is a collaboration between the Conductor, BioVentures, UAMS and Arkansas INBRE. The boot camp has already generated alumni who have gone onto found health care companies – according to a Conductor release, four alumni have founded health care startups in Arkansas. In addition, multiple alumni have participated in business competitions, including the Arkansas Governor’s Cup and the Regional I-Corps program in Austin, Texas.

“The outcomes we have seen from the program speak for themselves.” said Nancy Gray, Ph.D., President of BioVentures. “Sixty-nine students representing fifteen different colleges and universities have completed the program and we are thrilled to provide this opportunity for Arkansas students again in 2020 to provide them with the resources to create the next big idea in healthcare innovation”.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a student at an Arkansas college or university, have completed at least their sophomore year of college and have an interest in health care. Spots may also be available for recent graduates and graduate students.

The early consideration deadline for the camp is Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The final deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020.

Click here to find more information and apply.

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