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Become A PhDCEO & Enter The World Of Startup Success

Use Your PhD To Start And Grow A Successful Business

Introducing PhDCEO By Cheeky Scientist

Being a PhD and an entrepreneur is rare. Investors know this, and we know this ourselves. We are PhDs who have chosen to innovate and lead businesses.

Whether you already have an idea for starting a business or a second stream of income, or you are trying to decide on the right idea, this program is for you.

If you work for a startup or want to work for a startup and are interested in understanding how startups grow, how to get equity, or how to pitch investors, this program is for you.

If you’re a freelance writer or editor or doing freelance or consulting work of any kind, PhDCEO will help you grow your client list and billings.

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Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

About PhDCEO

PhDCEO will train you to be a successful entrepreneur. This is something that PhDs are well equipped to do but often fail at for a few simple reasons – they don’t understand how to get customers, build a team, sell a product, or pitch investors (Cambridge Enterprise Annual Review).

Cambridge Enterprise is a well-known organization that functions as an incubator for academics, providing funds to help PhDs take their business ideas to the next level.

But, even though this organization provides millions in funding for PhDs who want to become entrepreneurs, the majority of these PhDs fail.

Why?

Because instead of communicating with investors and stakeholders, and instead of participating in meetings, these PhDs stay in the classroom, library and/or lab. They have an academic mindset—not the mindset of an entrepreneur and founder.

PhDCEO will make sure you avoid this and hundreds of other pitfalls.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive from The MWO...

Module #1: Ideation

As a PhD, you understand the importance of ideas when it comes to science, technology, or the arts. It’s that innovative idea that cures diseases, overcomes technological challenges, and solves complex industry issues. In this module, we explain…

  • How to come up with a business idea if you don’t already have one. In this module, you’ll learn about Guillebeau’s convergence postulation for this initial starting point.
  • How to go about getting feedback for your vision. Because you’ll be taking an evidence-based approach, this will be key for further launching your business. In this module, you’ll discover the concept of validation and how to seek it for your startup.
  • What you need to know about equity. While you may want to take on a business partner, you’ll see how parting with your equity is not the ideal situation.

Module #2: Modeling

In this module, we will help you understand some key concepts for developing your startup, including…

  • The guiding philosophy for entrepreneurial endeavors. This module sheds light on the iterative model of creating a business…and how this philosophy ties into your background as a PhD and researcher.
  • How to better understand your ideal customer. Because your startup will be completely focused around the needs of your ideal customer, diving deep into this aspect will be key for your success.
  • Your company’s value proposition. If the phrase “value proposition” sounds more like something you learned in your undergraduate business class, you don’t want to miss this module. We’ll explain the three aspects of a value proposition–helping you get clarity on what makes your startup unique…which will empower you to articulate that uniqueness to potential customers.

Module #3: Productization

If you’re struggling to confidently get your business idea…past the idea stage…let Module 3 empower you to overcome stagnation and improve traction. This module will help you…

  • Gain confidence in your minimum viable product (MVP). In this module, you’ll see just how easy introducing your MVP to audience members can be.
  • Deepen your insight into the relationship between your business and early adopters. When it comes to getting your startup off the ground, securing your first customers will be crucial. This module will help you increase your understanding of this facet of launching a startup.
  • An important concept for developing business ties. Learn how to get support at the productization stage without depleting your savings. You’ll learn why cash neutral partnerships deserve your attention…and the ideal timing for the formation of these alliances.

Module #4: Selling

Maybe you have a natural gift for selling. Or perhaps you aren’t sure how to go about it. No matter your situation, this module can help. You will discover…

  • The reason why selling is so essential to your entrepreneurial journey. Making sales isn’t just a nice part of launching your startup. In this module, we’ll explain why it’s essential to becoming an authentic business owner.
  • Several essential components of a winning sales page. Did you know that an important way to sell your MVP isn’t making calls or attending events? You’ll learn the value of crafting a sales page that addresses sales objections and provides important customer education.
  • An overview of inbound and outbound marketing. Maybe you’ve heard these terms…but you aren’t really sure how they differ. With your membership, you’ll better understand these concepts, which will help you decide the right strategy for your business.

Module #5: Launching

If making a public launch of your MVP seems a little scary, don’t panic but dive deep into this module as we help you understand…

  • The mechanics of your product launch. Enjoy very specific guidance on how to introduce your MVP to the word. You’ll get informed on everything from the timing of A/B testing to the content of your emails to potential customers.
  • Generating leads for your MVP. Don’t use trial and error to find customers for your business. There’s a better way to find leads…as we’ll explain in this module.
  • An important strategic decision for your product funnel. When it comes to the product (or service) you feature in a funnel, the product you choose matters. Let us help you understand which product will support your strategic best interests.

Module #6: Team Roles

As your business grows, you will need to grow your team. You may even want to start building your team before your business grows. Either way, this module has you covered…

  • 3 team roles you need to fill first. Your startup team needs to include 3 key roles. Finding the right person for each role is critical to you being able to formulate and execute projects quickly.
  • How to grow your team using contractors and freelancers. As you grow your team and start to first become profitable, you will still likely not be able to afford full-time staff. Here you will learn how to bridge the gap to hiring full-time staff by hiring part-time virtual workers.
  • How to effectively manage others. Startup founders face a paradox: they are great at getting things done but struggle to train others to get things done to their standards. This module will help you lead effectively without micromanaging.

Module #7: Project Management

If you’ve been waiting to learn more about SCRUM, you’re in the right place. In this module, we provide an in-depth treatment of this efficient approach for your startup, explaining…

  • Key terminology you should know. Not sure what distinguishes a product owner from a SCRUM master? In this module, we’ll help you expand your vocabulary and deepen your knowledge.
  • How a SCRUM team functions. Get a better understanding of SCRUM dynamics before you launch a startup or lead a team.
  • What you can expect during a typical sprint. Get a clear understanding of the process and tasks in a sprint…as well as the amount of time involved.

Module #8: Investors

While you don’t need funding to start your business, it’s important that you have the education and materials needed to strategically attract investors should a funding opportunity or need present itself…

  • A step-by-step guide for creating a Pitch Deck. A pitch deck is a longer version of your elevator pitch presented as a PowerPoint presentation. Getting your deck right is crucial to you being successful with investors.
  • Detailed training on building an executive summary. An executive summary is like an abstract of your business plan. It is a distilled business plan, pitch deck and mission statement in a single-page document. You need an executive summary because investors may ask for it at any time.
  • Prepare a verbal pitch for in-person meetings with investors. The verbal pitch is your gateway to capital. The verbal pitch itself is a quick introduction to your business that takes less than 10-20 seconds to explain.

Module #9: Funding

While you don’t need funding to start your business, it’s important that you have the education needed to strategically position your company and make savvy long-term decisions…

  • Understand the ways you can receive funding. Break free from thinking that your only hope is attracting the interest of angel investors. This module reveals the variety of means available for funding your startup.
  • Overview and personalized walkthrough fundraising milestones. From idea conceptualization to market research to building an advisory board to proof of demand and potential for scale, this module will teach you the nomenclature of investing and the evaluation milestones investors use.
  • How to get funded by a Venture Capital (VC) firm. This is a must for PhDs. The key to getting backed by a VC firm is getting introduced by an entrepreneur whose startup brought good return on investment to the firm. This is easier than it sounds once you know how to do it.

Module #10: Risk Management

As you likely know, risk is part of being an entrepreneur. Because of this, it’s a topic that deserves your serious attention. If you’re interested in understanding risk factors and making wise decisions, you’ll be glad to know that we cover…

  • 3 risks that can kill your business. In this module, you’ll discover the major pitfalls that can sink your company. The more you know about potential threats to your business success, the more likely you will be to make better decisions.
  • Different forms of organizational waste. As an entrepreneur, becoming a good steward of your resources will become essential. This module provides a look at the mistakes that hinder you from this goal.
  • What the future might hold. What’s the difference between startup growing pains and a situation that has no solution? Learn about the challenges you might face…and how quitting your business is a legitimate option.

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The #1 Traning Program On Entrepreneurship For PhDs Only

This is the only training program created by PhDs especially for PhDs who want to create their own companies or work as freelancers or at startups. The PhDCEO program leaders and board members have already created or co-created their own companies or currently work advising investors. This program will ensure that you have the right tools to make your ideas become a reality, from knowing how to sell your idea, to pitching to investors and mastering how to build a successful team. PhDCEO will teach you all your need to know to create a successful company and talk in a way that resonates with your clients.

Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

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Your PhD Is An Advantage The scientific method is the foundation of PhDCEO and it’s what will make you a successful founder.
Leverage Your Background You can leverage your unique PhD background and technical training to start a business successfully.
Idea Validation Validate your current idea or decide on which of your ideas is best and then transform it into a value proposition.
Value Proposition Define your value proposition and align it with a target market so you can start building relationships with your ideal customer.
Productize, Sell & Market Develop your first or next "minimum viable product" and scale it to become profitable through key sales & marketing principles.
Pitch Investors Learn how to develop investor relationships. Create a suite of investor collateral including your pitch deck and executive summary.

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