ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Stand-up to start-up -growing girl techies/entrepreneurs | Luz Cristal S. Glangchai | TEDxSanAntonio

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Stand-up to start-up -growing girl techies/entrepreneurs | Luz Cristal S. Glangchai | TEDxSanAntonio

Here’s Great Tip: Stand-up to start-up -growing girl techies/entrepreneurs | Luz Cristal S. Glangchai | TEDxSanAntonio


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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. There aren’t enough women techs and CEOs. University professor and entrepreneur Luz Cristal has observed how hard it is to get girls involved in science and technology. Many of her female students feel intimidated or insufficiently qualified to participate. Girls need to learn, even before they enter school and are shown what girls ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ do, so they can succeed in these fields. Luz Cristal believes we need to give girls the confidence to believe they can do anything; 3D-print an engine, create software, or start a company. She teaches girls to think like entrepreneurs—by anticipating needs, innovating, creating, and taking calculated risks. When girls are exposed to entrepreneurial thinking, a profound change takes place; they learn to problem solve, think critically and creatively, and become more confident in their ability to tackle challenges.

Luz Cristal Glangchai, Ph.D., is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor with a passion for teaching and engaging girls in technology and entrepreneurship. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the TODAY Show, NPR’s The TakeAway, and Mashable. She is the Founder/CEO of VentureLab, an academy that develops project-based technology entrepreneurship programs that prepare K-12 students with 21st century skills. Dr. Glangchai’s innovative curriculum boasts 60% female participation, with three student companies having raised $240K in funding. Previously, she was the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Trinity University. Prior to joining Trinity, Dr. Glangchai managed the Idea to Product Program at UT Austin, and was the founder of NANOTaxi, a drug-delivery company that developed disease-responsive nanoparticles to target tumor tissues. She holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UT Austin, as well as doctoral certificates in Cellular and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. She holds an M.S. in biomedical engineering, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program from UT Austin.

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2 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Stand-up to start-up -growing girl techies/entrepreneurs | Luz Cristal S. Glangchai | TEDxSanAntonio”

  1. Fantastic presentation! I am hoping to incorporate your program into my curriculum. I teach a high school finance and investing course in which your ideas and methods would fit in nicely. I sent a message to your website and look forward to speaking with one of your consultants. Thank you!

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