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    May 23, 2020 @ 04:00 PM

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    May 23, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

Dialogue:  A Jain Perspective on Innovation & Entrepreneurship | Session #3

Event Description

Have a passion for entrepreneurship or a start-up idea in mind? Find guidance and inspiration from two successful founders in the Jain community!

YJA is proud to introduce the third session of Dialogue: a four-part virtual session series aimed at creating conversation, promoting reflection, and encouraging growth. In this week’s session, Kunal and Umang will share their journeys in entrepreneurship and discuss the application of Jainism to all stages of building a new venture, including setting your personal goals, selecting a problem to solve, deciding who to work with, leading a company, and dealing with setbacks. In particular, they will emphasize the benefit of incorporating Jain values and principles into innovation and entrepreneurship, both for yourself and the world around you.

Come join us this Saturday, May 23rd at 4 PM EDT on Zoom for the third session to our four-part virtual session series.

Access the session by joining the Zoom Meeting using this link: https://bit.ly/dialogue_sessions

Meeting ID: 817 1608 3621
Password: 959464


Meet our speakers for this session, Kunal Parikh and Umang Patel:

Kunal is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) where he leads a team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians working to innovate biomedical solutions for significant and unmet healthcare needs. Kunal also leads the Global Institute for Vision Equity, a social venture studio working to eliminate avoidable blindness in low resource settings. He has founded, led, and raised funding for several companies, including Core Quantum Technologies (diagnostics), Social Innovation Lab (social enterprise incubator), Access HEARS (hearing care), and Eyedea Medical (corneal blindness). He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at JHU, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been recognized as a Leader of Tomorrow for the Mid-Atlantic bioeconomy and named to Forbes 30 under 30 in Healthcare.

Umang is the founder of Cloverbook, an app used by photographers, DJs, and creatives to manage bookings and plan events online. His previous startup, PayTango (Y Combinator W’13), designed hardware that linked the cards in your wallet to your fingerprints – simply touch to pay. When he's not developing products, Umang can be found DJing weddings across the nation and playing tabla at his local Jain temple. Umang is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.


YJA presents Dialogue: a virtual session series that aims to create intimate discussion and meaningful conversation. Given the pandemic and uncertainty of when in-person programming will resume, we would like to give attendees the opportunity to participate in active reflection, exploration, and self-growth. Featuring speakers from all walks of life, this four-part experience touches on a diverse range of topics, from spiritual discovery to entrepreneurship to mental health and balance.

Join us weekly on Saturdays through the month of May as we dive into these deep thoughts and dialogue. Each session will last for 45 minutes, and attendees of all ages are welcome to participate. We look forward to talking with you then!

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email [email protected]