CIE Entrepreneur Forum Speaker Series
2018-19 CIE Entrepreneur Forum
This series addresses topics of interest to SCU student entrepreneurs and provides students with an opportunity to experience "the startup story" directly from alumni living it each day. The intimate format is designed for a greater connection with the speaker and provides ample opportunity for Q&A. Registration is not required, all are welcome. We hope to see you soon.
All events take place at 7:30 pm in Lucas 107
November 5: Ben Wang, NeVap
Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Benjamin R. Wang, MD, is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of NeVap Inc, a medical device start-up company that has developed a game changing device to prevent common Hospital Acquired Infections. Ben is also the co-founder and chair of the board for Bottle to Bungalows, a non-profit organization addressing transitional homelessness utilizing green methods. Ben has been involved in several successful real estate ventures and is also a board member of Foothill Community Health Center in San Jose. Ben received his graduate medical training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from UC Davis. On a personal note, Ben has donated thousands of hours to Science Education, Medical Mission work, and Habitat for Humanity NOLA. Ben is most interested in building great organizations and scalable projects with significant positive social impact.
October 29: Steve Troy, Aerofund
Director & CEO
AeroFund Financial, Inc.
Stephen Troy established AeroFund Financial, Inc. in August, 1987. His past business experience has been extensive.
In 1976 Steve founded a chain of three specialty restaurants which he owned and operated until 1979. Upon their sale he opened a vending business in San Jose, CA, which grew to be one of the largest such companies in the Bay Area.
Immediately after its sale in 1983, Troy founded Norstar Video, a landmark national video distribution company, specializing in the acquisition and sale of instructional video programming.
AeroFund Financial, Inc. followed, and as its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Troy has established AeroFund as a prominent national finance company, which provides secured loans to small and medium-sized businesses.
Mr. Troy is the founder and chairman of AeroBank.com. AeroBank is the first national business bank to be approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to operate solely on the internet.
Mr. Troy has just completed work on a new book about business leaders titled “Business Biographies, Shaken Not Stirred….With a Twist, which will be published November 2010.
Mr. Troy presently serves on the governing board of Junior Achievement of Northern California and is the past chairman of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley Monterey Bay and the Northern California chapter of the Commercial Finance Association.
Mr. Troy attended the University of Miami from 1971 to 1975 where he earned a BA in Business Administration majoring in Finance with a minor in History.
October 22: Dana Dunford, Hemlane
Dana Dunford is the CEO of Hemlane, a technology-enabled property management platform. She is a strong advocate of purchasing properties anywhere, as the best investments are not typically in your backyard. She supports real estate investors in setting up a process to manage their rentals from a distance, while connecting them with local, licensed professionals.
Dana previously worked at Apple on their worldwide financial planning and analysis team and at Nest, the home technology company acquired by Google for $3.2B, in business development. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
In her free time, Dana is an avid equestrian, paraglider, and skier. She is the first woman to win a calf dressing championship belt buckle at the CA Rodeo. She takes risks in her personal life but spends her work life advocating technology and prudent spending for a risk-mitigated solution to real estate management.
October 1: Sophia Yen, Pandia Health
CEO & Co-Founder
Dr. Sophia Yen is the CEO and Co-Founder of PandiaHealth.com, a digital health company improving women’s lives by providing convenient, confidential, and reliable online doctors’ visits and medication delivery, starting with birth control. She’s an advocate for turning off women’s periods #PeriodsOptional and educating men and women about Emergency Contraception.
She founded the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, grew up in the Bay Area, went to MIT, UCSF Medical School, Children's Oakland for pediatrics residency, UCSF for adolescent medicine fellowship, and UC Berkeley for her MPH in Maternal Child Health. She co-founded http://sheheroes.org/ to show youth in 3rd-8th grade that women can be anything they work hard towards and overcome obstacles. SheHeroes provides free online videos with discussion questions of women heroes a.k.a. leaders in their fields.
Her research includes: emergency contraception (EC) and adolescents, physicians’ knowledge of EC, sexual health websites’ accuracy of information, tampon versus pad use, and more. She hopes to be the 1st surgeon general to say masturbation without being asked to resign.
The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of SCU does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone else present at the event.