by Veronica Osinski
IEEE Entrepreneurship is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural Founder Office Hours Pilot Program. Open to all IEEE members, this initiative looks to help entrepreneurs within our community succeed in creating businesses that advance innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.
We have a great group of investors that have joined as part of our inaugural investor panel including Nabeel Hyatt of Spark Capital, Lisa Maronne of August Capital, Kevin Spain of Emergence Capital, Alex Mittal of FundersClub, Ken Stauffer the 2015-2016 Chair, IEEE Entrepreneurship and myself, Veronica Osinski of Trifecta Capital.
This pilot program furthers the cause of advancing engineering driven innovation by connecting IEEE entrepreneurs to value-add investors and mentors that can provide helpful feedback and potentially even their first institutional capital.
In launching this pilot program, we were inspired by IEEE’s rich heritage of entrepreneurialism. Our earliest members are household names because of their contribution to the technology that underlies our modern civilization, including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Nikolai Tesla.
The entrepreneurial spirit has thrived throughout IEEE’s 134 years in existence. William Hewlett and David Packard of HP were members. So is Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic, a pioneer in medical devices such as the pacemaker and catheter. Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft, Steve Wozniak of Apple, and Masura Ibuka and Akio Morita, the co-founders of Sony are also part of the IEEE family. Our entrepreneurs span the globe and a vast variety of engineering disciplines.
To find more information about IEEE Founder Office hours, please visit https://entrepreneurship.ieee.org/founder-office-hours/. Applications are rolling and members are welcome to apply at anytime.