Bootstrapping as a Source of Funding
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About the Event
What happens when your resources of financing are so limited that you need to only depend on your own sources of finance? When does bootstrapping make sense and what factors should one consider? How do you prioritize when allocating funds and what should your considerations be?
Join us for an intriguing panel discussion with Dr. Rupal Patel, Kezia Fitzgerald, and Christian Lecorps.
Dr. Patel is a professor at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. In addition, Dr. Patel is Chief Executive Officer of VocaliD, a Belmont, MA, company that custom-builds voices for the speech-impaired; she is dedicated to developing new technologies to assist people with speech difficulties or impairment.
Kezia Fitzgerald discovered a need for change in how vascular access lines were being managed during her daughter Saoirse’s treatment for Neuroblastoma. Seeing the impact of this problem on her daughter and her family, she created and iterated the design of the CareAline® Sleeve for PICC Lines and the CVC Wrap for Central Lines while Saoirse was in treatment. Kezia did this while she was battling her own cancer at the same time. After Saoirse’s death, Kezia and her husband Mike started CareALine Products LLC and brought her innovations to market. Knowing how they had helped their daughter get through treatment more safely and comfortably inspired Kezia and Mike to make them available to all children and adults with PICC and Central Lines. CareAline® Sleeves and Wraps are supported by evidence, FDA registered medical devices used by hospitals and loved by thousands of patients and caregivers worldwide.
Christian Lecorps works in communications, sales, and leadership as well as an engineer with a focus in power systems making him a good founder for any cleantech company. What makes him the perfect founder for Atlas is the industry insight he comes from the construction industry on designing electrical infrastructure, as well as his personal experiences that come with growing up in a developing country. Growing up in Haiti made him the resilient, determined, and intrinsically motivated person that is motivated by growth to the point where just for the sake of not staying the same, He will never stop improving. He says he is a new person every 7 weeks.