SBME Interfaces

SBME Interfaces with Kari LaMotte

August 19, 2021 UBC School of Biomedical Engineering Season 2 Episode 3
SBME Interfaces
SBME Interfaces with Kari LaMotte
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In this episode, we interface with Kari LaMotte, Managing Director of entrepreneurship@UBC (UBC’s incubator and accelerator for ventures built by students, staff and faculty), and Co-Founder of Women Tech Founders.

We chat about venture creation in BC, Kari's path to entrepreneurialism, keeping ventures in Vancouver, leveraging the Medici Effect, and recognizing research as the foundation for critical solutions to healthcare and climate challenges.

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Kari LaMotte
Managing Director, entrepreneurship@UBC
Co-Founder, Women Tech Founders

Kari LaMotte is the Managing Director of entrepreneurship@UBC, UBC’s incubator and accelerator for ventures formed out of the student, staff and faculty of the university. A lifelong entrepreneur, Kari has been involved in the BC technology sector for 20 years and is passionate about the growth of BC’s innovation ecosystem. Kari is the Co-Founder of Women Tech Founders, and is an active advisor and mentor to startups and founders.

Learn more about Kari here

Dr. Payam Zahedi

Strategic Planning & Operations Director, UBC School of Biomedical Engineering

Payam is a born problem solver and dot connector who believes that real impact only occurs when everyone is given the means to chase it. He's the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at UBC's School of Biomedical Engineering and holds a BASc in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, from the University of Toronto. He believes we are better together and is an advocate for equity and inclusivity. In his spare time, when he's not chasing his two sons around, he's experimenting in the kitchen, reading crime fiction and untangling the mechanisms of effective leadership.

Miguel Eichelberger
Communications & Engagement Manager, UBC School of Biomedical Engineering

Miguel is an unflinching optimist. He is a communicator and writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines and on stages around the world. His most recent publications include Harpur Palate, the Literary Review of Canada, Plainsongs Magazine, and Soliloquies Anthology. He believes in authenticity; in doing and saying what you actually believe, and he is an obsessive student of leadership from the biological and anthropological perspectives. You've likely heard him rant about it, and he's not sorry.

SBME Interfaces with Kari LaMotte
On how the pandemic has impacted venture creation
On the journey of entrepreneurialism
On entrepreneurship@UBC
On the role SBME can play in venture creation in the BC ecosystem
On leveraging the Medici Effect across science, industry and academia
On the supporting early ventures, and retaining them in Canada
On the pre-incorporation knowledge gap
On using strategy games to unwind
On how being human means you meet the minimum standard for greatness
On community-focused venture studios: Health ventures, Social Impact ventures, Climate ventures