Nadya Nguyen Keynote Speaker

Nadya Nguyen

Nadya Nguyen is a Russian-born Vietnamese entrepreneur and CEO of Hidrate Inc. At the age of 22, she founded Hidrate after an alarming dehydration incident that almost left her unconcious on a public bus. She then decided to quit her consulting job, live on minimum wage without health insurance, and move to an attic with 3 of her teammates to pursue their passion for helping people live healthier. In March 2015, Nadya and her co-founders made it to the top 1% of startups that were accepted into Techstars, one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world.
In 2 years since its formation, Hidrate has sold over 100,000 units, generated over $7 million in revenue, and powered multiple research studies with Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania. The company has rapidly grown into the leading brand in the smart water bottle category, making a splash on the Today Show, TIME, CNBC, Forbes, TechCrunch, Mashable, FOX Business, Business Insider, and many more.

Started from the bottom…

…and now we’re here. In our era of Mark Zuckerberg(s) and Elon Musk(s), starting your own business has become the hot, new pursuit for young graduates. While entrepreneurship is an exciting quest (I can personally say that it’s the best thing that I’ve discovered in my life), as many as 90% startups fail. Why do they fail? And more importantly, how do you make it into the top 10% of startups that survive and soar?

In this workshop, you will hear about how to:
– Evaluate your idea – is it a solution finding a problem or a problem needing a solution?
– Learn about the true challenges of running (and being) a startup and how to navigate them (or at least how *we* navigated them)
– Hopefully fall in love with the good and the bad of the adventure: from the glamorous news headlines to the collective (team) breakdowns

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