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#WINNING: Success as a Young Entrepreneur

Wednesday, November 28
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D

An inspiring pool of young innovators from fast-growing companies share stories of their entrepreneurial trials, surprises, successes and endeavors.  Take note as they discuss and debate their experiences nurturing a startup, raising capital and achieving the optimal balance between startup, school, work and other commitments.

If you are thinking of starting your own business or are a company founder already, then heed the advice of these ingénues who will teach you how to turn your creative ideas into innovative business ventures!


Shashi JastyShashi Jasty, MilliporeSigma

Shashi is currently Director of Global Technology Development and Licensing for the Lab and Specialty Chemicals Business Franchise of the Merck Life Science Sector. She founded and directed the global Materials Science initiative at Sigma-Aldrich. Shashi has authored over 50 articles, peer-reviewed publications, patents and invited presentations. Her PhD degree was in Condensed Matter Physics from Southern Illinois University followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at The Ohio State University. She has co-organized and chaired conference symposia in conducting polymers and electronic materials while a member of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society and she has been an active volunteer at the Materials Research Society (MRS). She is a strong proponent of women in science and STEM education. She is passionate about advancing diversity and mentors early and mid-career professionals under the MRS pilot and at the company through formal and informal talent development programs.



Aaron FranklinAaron Franklin, Tyrata, Inc.

Aaron Franklin received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 2008, and then spent six years on the research staff at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.  In 2014, he joined the faculty at Duke University where he leads a vibrant research group exploring the use of nanomaterials for nanoscale devices, printed electronics and sensors for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.  In addition to research and academic accomplishments, Franklin is experienced in technology translation, holding more than 50 patents and founding Tyrata, Inc. in 2018, where he is now CTO.  Tyrata is a sensor development and data management company focused on printed electronic sensors for monitoring tread on vehicle tires.  A $4.5M Series A investment was secured to launch Tyrata, which is working to bring the sensor technology to market.


Image coming soonAlison Greenlee, Leading Edge Crystal Technologies, Inc.

Biography coming soon.


Susan McKaySusan MacKay, Cerahelix, Inc.

Susan MacKay is CEO of Cerahelix, Inc., a materials and cleantech startup that she co-founded in 2011. Cerahelix manufactures innovative filter products based on patented DNA ceramic chemistry that are used to treat and reuse industrial wastewater. MacKay has more than 20 years of experience in materials research and characterization, including six years in corporate R&D at 3M. She previously founded Zeomatrix (now known as Odigo), a University of Maine spin-off company that markets innovative paper products. As CEO of Cerahelix she has been a Mass Challenge finalist and presented the winning pitch at Expo Day for Plug and Play Ventures New Materials accelerator in Silicon Valley. MacKay has raised more than $4 million in venture and angel financing for Cerahelix, holds a PhD degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was named a 2011 Mass High Tech “Woman to Watch.” 


Image coming soonDawn White, Accio Energy, Inc.

Biography coming soon.