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With Steven Galezzi (Founder, American Bionics Project).
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio, 490 Riverside Dr, Rm 430

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Facilitated By Steven Galeazzi 10BUS

There is a gap between the needs of people with physical disabilities in the United States & the solutions available to meet those needs.

Promising technologies exist, either in labs or as early stage ventures, but the rate of innovation in this space is slow due to a limited investment pipeline committed to disability-related technology & related biomechanical solutions. This lack of investment (and subsequent lack of rapid innovation) stems from traditional funding sources not seeing the large profit potential necessary to justify adding such investments to their portfolios.

What if technologies for people with physical disabilities can be profitable while also helping those in need? What if they can be designed not only to serve people with disabilities, but also to spur innovation for broader consumer markets?

By providing early stage funding & business advisement, The American Bionics Project will serve as the catalyst for advanced technologies & medical solutions for people with physical disabilities.


Where should The American Bionics Project focus as they build & scale the organization?
What are the areas of intersection between the broader commercial market & disabled technology?
What should be the investment criteria for innovative assistive & adaptive technology?

Steven Galeazzi is the founder of the American Bionics Project, a nonprofit dedicated to revolutionizing technology for people who are physically disabled. Ever since he was young, Steve has been passionate about service to others, but when his younger brother lost both of his legs during a deployment to Afghanistan, the nature of that service evolved into a calling.

Steve is a former Captain in the US Army, serving as an intelligence officer in Latin America & Afghanistan. His professional experience ranges from management consulting to startups & private healthcare.

Steve's education includes a BBA from Loyola University in Maryland, an MBA from Columbia University, & an MA from New York University. In his spare time, Steve can be found seeking outdoor adventure, trying new recipes in the kitchen, or traveling to places that make his mom worry.
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