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Five questions to mentor and judge Paul Hargreaves

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Five questions to mentor and judge Paul Hargreave

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Paul Hargreaves is the Chief Development Officer at ResoTher Pharma ApS and has been a mentor in our Startup Mentors program and a judge at our national competitions and Nordic Healthtech Talents. We’re are very thankful for having Paul in our network, and we’ve asked him five questions that you can use as inspiration:

1: What are your goals and mission?

I started mentoring to share my pharma experience with the new generation of entrepreneurs. After a long time working in big corporations, I could see that we were on the cusp of a change in where solutions will be coming from, at least in the initial stages. Having striven career-long to advance ideas and solutions, I want to be part of shaping that future. Mentoring and hearing these great new ideas helps fulfil that.

2: What keeps you motivated to achieve your goals?

The enthusiasm of the teams. In general, their willingness to listen, to experience and other points of view. The lack of politics at this stage in developing their ideas and products.

3: What is the best startup event/program/accelerator/conference you have ever been to and why? 

 The High Tech Summit at DTU last year. An excellent mix of start-ups, helper companies and talks.

4: What are the best startup advice(s) you have received or given others?

Pick up the phone and ask!

5: What are the best startup movies/books/role models you can recommend to others? 

The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures by Frans Johansson.

I saw him give a talk and was blown away by his approach that ideas develop from all walks of life.

As a cinephile I love film to provoke ideas and help explain challenges and problems. Too often we get trapped in only looking at what has gone before or incremental development within our narrow industries which holds companies back.

If you want a film to ‘unpack’, my go to is Blade Runner – a film based on 1950s pulp fiction but set in the future, visuals so big you can’t take your eyes from the screen yet developed with minimal computing power compared to today, the music and poetry that rises it above simple pulp. The ambiguity. And when you go back to the original source novel how much remains but how different the final film version is.

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