757 Angels and ivWatch recently collaborated during an entrepreneurship session at Tom Tom Founders Festival, a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries and artists who shape small cities. Part pitch competition, part case study, the organizations co-presented and provided insight into building and growing successful companies and how to foster the next generation of innovators in tech industries.
The Hampton Roads entrepreneur community was represented by Monique Adams, executive director of 757 Angels, a group whose membership consists of business and community leaders, and Gary Warren, president and CEO of ivWatch, a medical device manufacturer and biosensor technology company. Both shared perspectives from investor and business leader sides of the table. During his time on stage, Warren touched on the growth and scaling of ivWatch. “Each year we put together an update of the business plan, and we’ve been successful in the execution of our goals. A focus this year is bringing more manufacturing in-house to control quality, cost and bring more high-tech jobs to the area.”