Thomas Mitchell

Class of 2017-2018

Georgetown University, 2017

Why I chose ESTEEM: I was drawn to the ESTEEM program as it offers students the unique opportunity to cultivate business skills while pursuing a scientific degree. It seemed perfect for someone like myself, who wasn’t particularly excited by the standard destinations most science undergraduates select after graduation (e.g. Ph.D. programs, medical school).

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: My thesis project will be done in collaboration with the Crepp Lab, which is currently developing a novel smartphone application that will interface with fitness trackers and smartwatches. Over time, the app will track user activities and provide them with a customized quantifiable diet. Think of it like a personal trainer in your pocket – it helps you gain or lose weight at a pre-defined pace of your choosing! My responsibilities are diverse on this project, but mainly encompass designing the app interface, performing customer validation, pricing research, and crafting a comprehensive business plan for this product.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: After ESTEEM, my dream is to found my own biotech startup, or to be a partner with substantial equity in one that's really taking off. Since my interests are in healthcare and the life sciences, I imagine that I’ll be working in these sectors in some capacity.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: I really like to ride my bike around campus, hit the gym, and play guitar in my apartment.