Entrepreneur Assoc.: Taking the Plunge - How to evaluate your idea for a new venture

Sep 23, 2021, 11:30 PM – Sep 24, 2021, 1:00 AM

Would you like to change the world with your ideas for a new venture? join us for a fun and open discussion about how Dr. Ben Pope pursued his childhood passion and learned how to evaluate if his ideas would pan out!

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Taking the Plunge: How to evaluate your idea for a new venture by Ben Pope

If you are anything like Dr. Ben Pope, you wonder whether your ideas are any good. Could your idea really be the next big thing? Or, will it leave you penniless and estranged? As a scientist and entrepreneur, Ben has followed ideas beyond the frontiers of human knowledge and has lived (so far) to tell the tale. Join Ben as he shares the lessons these experiences have taught him and the strategies that he uses to manage the inherent uncertainty of new ventures. If you are considering a new venture or have gone on to greatness after wondering whether your idea would pan out, please join us for a fun and open discussion! 

In-Person Event Details

Event will be available In Person & via Zoom
In Person Location: 57 Chapel Drive, Newton, MA 02458
In person seats are limited, and are available on a first-come first-serve basis. A zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.
Please contact Jared Bulloch at jared@jaredbulloch.com to secure your in-person seat.

More about Ben

Ben has been pursuing a cure for diabetes since his parents’ diagnosis more than 20 years ago. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer and co-Founder of MelliCell, Inc. a biotechnology company based in Newton, Mass. MelliCell develops treatments for diabetes and obesity using proprietary tissue-engineering technologies that model weight gain in human fat cells. Prior to starting MelliCell, Ben completed a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and postdoctoral work at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ben is an alumnus of BYU (BS, Genetics and Biotechnology, ‘07), a husband of 11 years to Lizz Pope, and a father to 4 energetic kids.

More About the Entrepreneur Association

If you're an experienced entrepreneur or exploring how to become one, you're invited to join our Boston-based entrepreneurial community. You will find an energetic, supportive group of like-minded people who are passionate about entrepreneurship, and who are committed to helping each other succeed. You don't need to be a graduate of BYU to join.


  • Ben Pope


    Chief Scientific Officer & co-Founder



September 23 – 24, 2021
11:30 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


11:30 PMBen Pope


  • Jared Bulloch

    Quanteon Group

    Founder, Chief Business Designer


  • Matthew Probst


    Board Member, BYU MS Boston Chapter

  • James Johnston

    Johnston Co.

    President, BYU MS Boston Chapter

  • Stephen Patterson


    Board Member, BYU MS Boston Chapter

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