Entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in addressing the world’s wicked problems. At 1O.1O.1O, we look for entrepreneurs who have had previous successes and are looking for their next big thing.
Over 10 days, we surround them with an ad-hoc startup team, a powerful network of domain experts, and our own special sauce for working through ideas, encouraging them to identify the best and biggest opportunities for new impact-driven businesses. Meet our Prospective CEOs:
Danny likes to play at the intersection of design, technology, and biology. He gets excited about new adventures where he can explore and create. In 2014 he founded BioBots, a company building 3D bioprinters that print living tissues out of human cells. Danny has spent the last year journeying through and discovering hidden secrets of planet Earth while remaining inspired by life’s role as a powerful design medium with which to create the future.
Celena Green is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, leading economic development initiatives and public-private partnerships in the U.S. and abroad in support of entrepreneurship and economic empowerment among women and youth. She is the founder of Teke Global Inc., a management consultancy serving small businesses and social enterprises. She was most recently an Entrepreneurial Fellow with INVANTI, exploring innovative solutions to support the growth of American small businesses and catalyze urban renewal.
Kenan Hopkins is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, and author with a penchant for unique ideas, ridiculously good customer service and super silly company culture. He founded Valet Gourmet, an on-demand food delivery startup, at the age of 23 with $10k in personal credit card debt. After growing to a staff of nearly 100 with over 125 strategic restaurant partners, the company was acquired in early 2016. Kenan is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization and in 2013, was accepted into EO’s prestigious Entrepreneurship Masters Program.
Rashmi is a serial entrepreneur and venture strategist. She launched her first business at 16, followed by wearable tech startup, Evalise. She’s since dived more deeply into IoT to help define best practices in digital transformation. Rashmi has managed global teams to launch new products that have generated millions of dollars in revenue, bootstrapped two ventures, advised numerous others, and helped drive two companies to successful exits. Her writings on ‘How to Increase your EQ’ are on the reading list for courses at Stanford Business School.
Steven is an entrepreneur, technology executive, and angel investor from Victoria, Canada. On his last day of being an undergrad student at the University of Victoria in 1999, Steven founded Latitude Geographics, an impactful mapping/GIS software company that grew to 140 employees serving more than 1400 customers and partners around the world. Latitude Geographics was purchased by a large private equity firm in 2017, and Steven remained in the CEO role for a year following the acquisition.
Daniel Rothman co-founded his first startup, a sleep technology company Zeo, as an undergraduate studying Cognitive Neuroscience at Brown University. He co-founded NightPilot, an astronomy toy for children, and PeraHealth, a life-saving EMR application that identifies patient health trends and reduces mortality in hospitals by 30%. In 2012 Daniel joined CityMD, a fledgling urgent care company, supported its growth it from 4 to 75 locations, then facilitated its sale to Warburg Pincus for $600M.
Charles Sims is a real estate professional with over 10 years of experience in real estate development, construction management, project management, and project financing. Charles has extensive experience in multi-family, retail, industrial, and mixed use projects. He has an in-depth knowledge and expertise in affordable housing and community development, and has a keen focus on the application of Opportunity Zones within economically distressed communities.
Blaine Warkentine MD MPH is an orthopedic surgeon. For the last 17 years he has worked throughout health, orthopedics and aging industries starting with seven years building a $100m vertical for Brainlab in orthopedics. He has been involved in five exits to Stryker, Smith and Nephew, Merck, Anytime Fitness, and HCA. He continues to see opportunities in improving health value by giving consumers better tools to be in more control of their personal health and wellness.
Marc Washington is global entrepreneur with a background in finance and engineering. He founded a food tech company spanning 75 cities in 20 countries connecting chefs to foodies throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the US. Prior
to that he founded a real estate acquisition, management and consulting company, which currently owns and manages $3 million in assets. As an investor he has helped manage or acquire more than $5Bn in assets for global firms such as The Carlyle Group, Mubadala and MacFarlane Partners.
C.J. is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than 25 years of success in the telecommunications and software development industries. Companies that he has founded or co-founded include Front Range Technology Group, a telecom and software consulting firm, and Adigo, a teleconferencing services company that saw a successful exit through acquisition in 2017. C.J. is the President of the MIT Alumni Association for FY19 and a member of MIT’s Corporation. C.J. has also been active in municipal politics serving a term on Centennial City Council and conducting a bid for mayor in 2017.