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Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe

  • Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom 1010 Main Street Conway, AR, 72032 United States (map)

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe, Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Greg Bledsoe's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public. Join us at Old Chicago for food and drinks.


5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Greg Bledsoe

7:00 p.m. - Networking


About Greg Bledsoe:

Dr. Gregory H. Bledsoe is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and the current Surgeon General for the state of Arkansas.

After completing medical school and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Bledsoe spent five years on faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2005, he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Bledsoe has extensive experience in international travel having visited over 50 countries. His international medical experience includes serving as a field physician in Honduras, teaching disaster preparedness in Tanzania, leading a nutritional survey among the Beja tribe in northeast Sudan, working as a medical consultant in Beijing, China, and acting as the medical officer for ships in both Antarctica and the Arctic. He is the chief editor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, a 700 page medical text published by Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2008.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Bledsoe has been an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service. He was the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in September 2002, and served in Uganda and Senegal on the advance team of President George W. Bush when the President visited the African continent in July of 2003.

Dr. Bledsoe’s research has been published in many prestigious medical journals. He is a frequent public speaker regarding health issues, and also is a private pilot, a scuba diver, an Eagle Scout, a student in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and a member of The Explorers Club. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and three daughters.

Specialties: expedition medicine, medical education, entrepreneurship

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