Semi-finalists in BioNova’s BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) get to hone their pitching skills during one-on-one training with Linda Plano, an expert pitch training coach with over 10 years of experience mentoring entrepreneurs with start-ups in life sciences, cleantech, high tech, web-based applications and more.
Upon earning a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Physics from MIT, Plano held positions at various startup companies including research scientist and CEO, as well as management positions up to Vice President for New Business Development in more established companies. The combination of her high-level education and experience in business has allowed her to help entrepreneurs in many complex fields.
Plano has been coaching entrepreneurs on their pitches and value propositions since 2005. She founded Plano & Simple in 2010 to focus exclusively on coaching, training and mentoring entrepreneurs. This has led her to work with nearly 600 entrepreneurs, who have gone on to raise well over $250M. Plano has worked with a diverse number of clients, from first time entrepreneurs, to serial entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Although she is based in Boston, she has delivered her services to clients all over the world.
BIC Semi-finalists will get one-on-one training with Plano to perfect their pitches before presenting them to the BIC judges during BioPort 2018, Atlantic Canada’s premier health and life sciences event. BioPort is happening on November 7th and 8th at the Halifax Convention Centre. With a top prize of $25,000 in funding and $30,000 in in-kind services, BIC is set to highlight the potential of the many growing Health and Life Sciences start-ups in Atlantic Canada. BIC applications are open until August 10th.
You can learn more about Linda Plano and her work by visiting her website or following her on Twitter @lindaplano.