The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and development of innovative and entrepreneurial leaders in oral health care and named after the late Dr. Edward B. Shils, recently held its inaugural The Great Oral Health Pitch: Innovate, Elevate and Generate Your Idea to Advance Oral Health! event on November 26th, 2023. The event took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.
The Great Oral Health Pitch: Innovate, Elevate and Generate Your Idea to Advance Oral Health! seeks to continue Ed Shils’ by encouraging young entrepreneurs and students to foster innovation in the field of oral health. Through a series of three in-person “practice pitch” events, this program provides an educational forum to help entrepreneurs deliver a successful pitch, with the goal of winning the prize over $50,000.
During this “shark tank” inspired event, entrepreneurs pitched their innovative oral health ideas to a panel of judges who are industry experts in various fields. The judges at the first of three events included: David Branch, Founder/President/CEO, Integrated Media Services; George Wolfe, President of DMG America; and Jane Levy, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Plan Forward. Each judge provided personalized feedback to help the presenters elevate their innovative ideas into a successful pitch with the goal of winning the grand prize sponsorship package. The panel was moderated by Keith Drayer, President of the Shils Fund.
The Shils Fund looks forward to its next in person pitch event which will take place during the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting on February 24, 2024. For entrepreneurs and students interested in attending, please visit The Great Oral Health Pitch Program.