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The Conductor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and BioVentures are hosting the Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, a camp for undergraduate students around the state. In its second year, the camp creates entrepreneurial and interactive learning opportunities for students, and guides them through entrepreneurial processes of starting and funding a health sciences venture with their peers.

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will guide students through an immersive, five-day training program in which they learn how to start and fund an entrepreneurial venture, meet with influential faculty, entrepreneurs and mentors and become exposed to entity filing, patents and legal issues in entrepreneurship. Students will form teams, create and refine new venture ideas and talk to potential customers.

The residential boot camp will be held May 20-25 at the University of Central Arkansas. The camp is all-expenses-paid for accepted students, and is funded through UAMS, BioVentures and the Conductor. Eligible students must have completed their sophomore year of college. Space permitting, there will spots available for immediate graduates and graduate students.

The application period begins on November 19, 2017. The early consideration deadline for the Camp is Friday, February 23, 2018. All other applications are due by Friday, March 23, 2018.

The week-long camp will conclude with a Demo Day, during which the public is invited to watch the teams present their new venture ideas. Demo Day will be held at UCA on Friday, May 25.


Year One

In 2017, the camp’s inaugural cohort had representation from 10 colleges and universities, empowering students from around the state with the knowledge and tools they need to think critically, learn entrepreneurial principles and launch innovative ventures. Additionally, the camp offers leadership, team-building and other recreational experiences in Conway.

To learn more about the Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, click on the buttons below to watch videos from 2017.


Push Your Limits

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Conductor to offer this camp for the second year. This camp is integral in creating a statewide, biomedical research infrastructure in Arkansas, and expands the state’s health sciences entrepreneurial network.” - Nancy Gray, President of BioVentures

“One of the outstanding outcomes of this camp is the opportunity it gives students to push their limits in a deep, meaningful way. Not only are they building their social networks with other college students, they are creating a framework that reaches all corners of the state, and taking their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills back to their hometowns -- from north Arkansas to the Delta.” - Kim Lane, Chief Operating Officer of the Conductor


Create Opportunities

“This camp is emblematic of the Conductor’s mission to foster and nourish entrepreneurial talent within our state. This camp creates opportunities to show students that there are viable career paths to entrepreneurship, and to introduce them to the vast experts and resources in the state’s health sciences.” - Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst for the Conductor

About the Conductor
The Conductor, a public-private partnership with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie Consulting, drives innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in central Arkansas through high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, commercialization support, talent development and collaboration.


About BioVentures
BioVentures is a technology commercialization organization and startup incubator focused on promoting a biomedical technology industry for Arkansas and translating research into products that benefit human health. BioVentures links the healthcare research minds to global markets in order to advance Arkansas’ scientific and economic development.

About UAMS
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,200 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.