Back in December 2020, I was invited as a keynote speaker at the Solveathon event, co-hosted by Firefly Innovations and MIT Solve. For any entrepreneur or intrapreneur in the public health space, this is an event you won’t want to miss when they run it again.
I spoke about innovation and entrepreneurship in mental health. You can watch an adapted version of my talk here.
I then served as a facilitator for the rest of the day, where I was assigned to one of the teams. Each team had an Innovator, together with several Contributors. My Innovator was the one and only Chinonye “Chi Chi” Donna Egbulem, MPH, MSW, Co-Founder of Sproutly.
This week, Chi Chi joined me on The Entrepreneur’s Doctor. The episode is also available as a podcast on:
00:02:00 Meaning behind Chi Chi’s name
00:03:15 Homelessness in Washington, DC
00:05:05 Nigerian culture in DC
00:06:20 Maya Angelou
00:12:30 Peace Corps in Africa
00:14:50 Burkina Faso
00:17:55 Social capital
00:18:30 Frugal innovation
00:20:15 Public health & social work
00:24:20 PHI/CDC Fellowship
00:28:20 Leaving the Peace Corps
00:32:00 Sproutly — A Digital Health Startup
00:39:05 Solveathon Event — Part 1
00:40:38 Misconception about entrepreneurship
00:42:37 A global Sproutly
00:47:30 Sproutly — the solution
00:51:15 Help wanted
00:54:50 A living, breathing idea
00:55:12 Power of evaluation
00:56:40 Contact Chi Chi
00:57:05 Solveathon Event — Part 2
01:03:13 Shark Tank
01:07:22 Power of mentors
01:10:10 Stealing ideas
01:11:55 Advice for budding Entrepreneurs
01:17:33 A message for University Presidents
01:20:27 You’re all over the place!
01:23:08 Entrepreneurs & systems leaders
Connect with Chi Chi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chinonye-donna-egbulem/
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