Amelia Schaffner Joins Emory Innovators Speaker Series

The Hatchery held their second Emory Innovators conversation with Amelia Schaffner, Emory-Goizueta Business School Director of Entrepreneurship. The Emory Innovators series showcases conversations with innovation and entrepreneurship experts working across Emory, who present their work and answer student questions.

Amelia Schaffner, MS in economics, business, & finance, is responsible for developing the school's entrepreneurial culture, thinking, and initiatives, partnering with students, faculty, alumni, and the ecosystem of investors, VCs, organizations. Amelia is involved in a number of curricular and co-curricular initiatives, including the RAISE Forum for startups and investors in the Southeast, the pitch-the-Professors program to support new student concepts working with the Atlanta Tech Village incubator, the Emory Startup Launch accelerator, the AHIA (Advancing Healthcare Innovation in Africa) initiative, the Siggie Awards for early-stage investors, and more. She sits on the board of Startup Atlanta and is a frequent mentor to under-represented founders in Atlanta. Previously, Amelia was a senior principal at global Consulting firm Accenture, in the Strategy group. Her experience there ranged from high-impact strategy projects with corporations, projects with the World Economic Forum, and leading a global Innovation initiative.

Amelia described her strategic process for conceptualizing the innovation and entrepreneurship journey of Emory students--from their first day on campus through graduation and on through their professional careers--and developing programs that improve individual outcomes across that entire journey. 

In a wide-ranging conversation with Shannon Clute, Director of The Hatchery, and students in attendance, she also highlighted specific areas of innovation that are currently catching her eye, various innovation efforts in response to COVID-19, ways institutions of higher learning are rapidly adapting to teaching in times of remote learning, and the growth and acceleration of open-source initiatives.  

You can view this conversation, and other programs programs from The Hatchery, here

Next week the Emory Innovators series guest will be Mike Cassidy. Mr. Cassidy is the Director of the Emory Biomedical Catalyst where he leads efforts to enhance innovation, entrepreneurship and development of intellectual property.  From 2000 to 2018, Cassidy was President and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), one of the nation’s premier organizations for technology-driven economic development.  In 2009, he co-founded the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, a public-private venture capital fund that invests in the most promising startups launched around research discoveries, and in 2019 he was inducted into the Georgia Trend Magazine Hall of Fame. Cassidy is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness and serves on the boards of the Health Care Ethics Consortium, The Primary Care Innovation Fund, the Global Center for Medical Innovation, and Atlanta Emerging Markets Inc.    

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