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Saturday, March 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: Not Just for VCs

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Venture capital firms have utilized the services of ‘Entrepreneurs-in-Residence’ (EIRs), seasoned innovators with functional expertise to help spur entrepreneurship and fill gaps in expertise. Now, imagine combining the “innovation mojo” of EIRs with some of the government’s brightest intrapreneurs to solve the nation’s most pressing challenges. Do the words ‘entrepreneur’ and ‘government’ sound paradoxical to you? Believe it or not, state and federal government have already jumped on the best practices of the startup world and have actively been recruiting world-class entrepreneurs and innovators to join the best internal talent to rapidly create, develop, engage and accelerate innovation. The end goals? Moving from cash to electronic payments to support foreign policy, building technology to withstand natural disasters, evaluating new licensing proposals from start-up companies or revamping the nation’s organ transplant system, just to name a few!
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Richard Bendis

Chief Exec OfficerBioHealth InnovationMr. Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries. He currently... Read More →
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Kara DeFrias

White House Presidential Innovation Fellows AlumniWhite House Presidential Innovation FellowsKara’s passion for creating engaging online and offline experiences has brought her to many exciting places including the Super Bowl, the Oscars, TEDx, and most recently, to the White House... Read More →
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John Paul Farmer

Sr Advisor to the US Chief Technology OfficerThe White HouseJohn served as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama, where he co-founded the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. John previously served... Read More →
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Zac Jiwa

HHS Innovation FellowUS Department Of Health & Human ServicesZachery Jiwa was recently selected as among the first class of Innovation Fellows for the US Department of Health and Human Services where he is focused on designing the infrastructure for Medicaid eligibility under new... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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