Lessons of a Novice Bee Trainer

September 2, 2014 7:24 PM

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Lessons of a Novice Bee Trainer

As I sit here in a café in Paris, I have (for the first time in a long time) a moment to reflect on my experience so far competing in the Hult Prize. My team, Bee Healthy, is building our business around using bees to detect diseases in urban slums. We recently completed the six week Hult Prize Accelerator as well as our Clinical Trials at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. In a couple of weeks I will join two of my teammates, Tobias and Juliet, in India to wrap up our month-long pilot project in Mumbai and head back stateside to the Hult Prize Finals at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. For now though, I have some time to share with you our biggest takeaways as novice Bee Trainers and the founders of Bee Healthy.

First and foremost, never underestimate the power and potential of an ask. In just one month, we were able to plan, acquire approval for, and carry out our clinical trials training bees to detect diabetes on patients' breath. This never would have happened without a cold email to Dr. Allison Goldfin...

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