Sight and Life Elevator Pitch Contest

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 311

An elevator pitch is a critical part of the entrepreneurial process. As competition for research and investment funds increases, young scientists will need to effectively articulate their idea and do so in a manner that is persuasive and precise. Sight and Life Foundation is conducting an elevator pitch contest on disruptive ideas to stimulate networks and dialogue, especially among innovators, to improve existing approaches to measure nutrition.

Nutritional deficiencies are major public health concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, but accurate and actionable information on their status is often lacking due to high costs, complexities and logistical challenges associated with assessing nutritional status. Precise, user-friendly, and low-cost analytical tools are needed.

The Elevator Pitch Contest’s goal is to identify and support such projects that have a high potential to be implemented and produce a meaningful impact on the target problem in relatively near term.

Seven finalists have won a trip to Boston to participate in Nutrition 2018 and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. Winners receive a cash award of up to US $ 2,000.

Learning Objectives:

Maryam Hashemian

post doc
Rockville, Maryland


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Andrea L. Spray

Doctoral Student
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


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Anne-Julie Tessier

Doctoral Student
McGill University, Canada


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Eleanor T. Shonkoff, PhD

Postdoctoral scholar
ChildObesity180, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Boston, Massachusetts


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Ethan M. Braun

Graduate Student
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana


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Chikumbutso Chibwinja

Undergraduate Student
Lilongwe University


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Timur Osadchiy

Doctoral Student
Newcastle University


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