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Dima Elissa

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

Co-Founder @Vismed3d@ProofX, @VisualMedia, @Globethought, @KIoskMagic, Entrp. Prof @ ACM, ex NutraSweet Intl & New Venture Exec, Trustee @HC

Co-Founder @Vismed3d@ProofX, @VisualMedia, @Globethought, @KIoskMagic, Entrp. Prof @ ACM, ex NutraSweet Intl & New Venture Exec, Trustee @HC

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fundraising
  • Industrial Design
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Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Biomedical Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Industrial Design

Involved In

Founder

VisMed•3D
ProofX, LLC - is currently being dissolved.

Advisor

Voile Enterprises, Inc - MyVoile.com
Hanover College
Polsky Innovation Exchange
Women In Bio
University of Chicago
University of Chicago
Women In Bio
Voile Enterprises, Inc - MyVoile.com

Side Projects

VisMed•3D - Biodesign and Consul
ProofX.co - 3D Printing and Rapi
ProofX.co

Positions

Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation (D & I²) - Tech & Innovation Lead American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) July 2016 - present
Member Board of Directors mHUB Chicago May 2016 - present
Member of Advisory Board - Emerging Technology BWG Strategy LLC July 2015 - present
Mentor, Polsky Exchange @University of Chicago University of Chicago October 2015 - present
CEO, Founder Biomedical Design, 3D Printing & Consulting VisMed•3D October 2014 - present
Mentor, Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) University of Chicago October 2015 - present
Advisory Board Member Galvanize Labs July 2015 - present
Advisory Council Member, Chicagoland Manufacturing World Business Chicago May 2014 - present
VICE CHAIR, Board Member Women In Bio 2014 - present
Entrepreneur in Residence Hanover College March 2015 - present
Executive Council Member Ms.Tech December 2014 - present
Board of Trustees Member Hanover College March 2014 - present
STEM Steering Committee Member The Aparecio Foundation March 2014 - present
CEO, Co-founder ProofX, LLC - is currently being dissolved. September 2013 - present
President & CEO VisualMedia, Ltd. January 1997 - present
Adjunct Faculty, Entrepreneurship Associated Colleges of the Midwest September 2013 - August 2014
Chief Operating Officer and Partner Oncall Interactive May 2011 - October 2012
Board Member, Investor Voile Enterprises, Inc - MyVoile.com October 2009 - March 2012
Investor MyVoile Employment Facilitators October 2009 - March 2012
Investor WorkbookBio January 2008 - March 2012
Principal KioskMagic January 2002 - January 2010
International Marketing, New Ventures Executive, Business Development The NutraSweet Company August 1988 - July 1997

Education

Texas A&M University - Mays Business School Finance 2006 - 2008
Hanover College Chemistry 1981 - 1985
Terre Haute North Vigo High School 1979 - 1981

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Biomedical Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Engineering
  • • Scalability
  • • 3D printing
  • • Rapid Prototyping
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Healthcare
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Software development • Consultancy • Consulting • Digital signage • Mobile Applications

Key Accomplishments

Co-Founder @Vismed3d @ProofX, @pxnow @VisualMedia, Ltd., Springboard Advisor @Globethought, @KioskMagic, Entrepreneurship Prof @ ACM, ex NutraSweet Int'l & New Venture Exec, Serial Techpreneur, Wildlife Conservation NGO Chair, MBA, Board of Trustee @Hanover. Launching start-ups. Negotiating mergers. Directing and driving operations and profitability. For me, these are among the business accomplishments and adventures of my blossoming career as an entrepreneurial C-Level executive. I currently devote time, energy and start-up guidance and leadership for women founders and entrepreneurs.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Equality and fairness wins the day. Not everyone can do everything and not everyone is good at everything. We figure out our place, space and create magic and success. We are either all on the same bus or it doesn't work. Trust is the key, You must have it to play well in the same sandbox.

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Amir Homayoun Rafizadeh
We worked together
I currently work with Dima on several projects through one of my partners. During the last several projects that we have been working with D ... ima on, I have seen several sides. She is very thoughtful, strategic, analytical and extremely resourceful. She is a great listener and also asks great questions to understand business problems(very rare skill set these days as everyone is eager to speak without first understanding). She is also great at making strategic connections. When it comes to technology and operations she can identify angles and perspectives that others have not considered(I call them down side risk and those are anything that can impact revenue). She is a "calculated" risk taker unlike most other entrepreneurs I know. She is great at designing a small test/pilot, and then taking the learning (the good and the bad) before implementing a whole exhausted list of things, is extremely clever, business savvy, time efficient as well as ROI effective. She is an accomplished executive that any established entrepreneur should consider either as a team member, advisor or colleague. Please let me know if you need more details. Happy to recommend her anytime. A+.
Ina Pinkney
We worked together
She in inner directed, highly motivated, emotionally intelligent, very smart and never loses perspective.
Parissa Behnia
We worked together  •  Adjunct Faculty, Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship & Urban Studies, Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Northwestern grad.
Dima is incredibly intelligent and has an excellent business mind. She very quickly identifies understands an opportunity at its most exist ... ential level and what its landscape may look like. She embraces risk but always with an eye towards pragmatism. Her connections are vast and her desire to help others even larger. Her particular goal is to see female entrepreneurs succeed and, given her determination, I firmly believe she will accomplish that goal.
Shawn Bolan
They're my friends  •  Chief Product Officer, Founder, HealthOnDeck. Previously Director of Product Management, MyWire. Tactical & Strategical Hybrid
Dima has been on the groundfloor for entrepreneurial projects before and was recently COO of Chicago company. I think she'd be an excellent ... resource to integrate into the network.
Coco Meers
We worked together
Dima has IQ + EQ and then some. She has tremendous business and technology know-how, but more importantly... she is not afraid to get involv ... ed where it really matters... when your business is facing tough decisions and evaluating forks in the road, she will emerge as a true leader and help navigate the technical, strategic, and business choices with confidence and grace.
Marcy Capron
We worked together
She already *is* an entrepreneur. :) She's a leader, patient, wise and never lords her experience or connections over anyone else. She has t ... he resources to properly execute her next adventure!
Tammy Mize Johnson
Product Marketing, Ed Tech, Americas, Texas Instruments and Co-Founder, Business Development, Brevida.
John C. Riddick, Jr.
They're my school  •  Business Development Consultant - eLearning, The Learning House and Associate Professor, Business Scholars Program, Hanover College.
I have had the opportunity to work with Dima for a number of years. She has in-depth knowledge working with start-ups. Her understanding o ... f technology, funding, marketing, and strategy make her a true leader in this space. I highly recommend Dima!
Haven Allen
We worked together  •  Manufacturing Strategy Manager, World Business Chicago. Previously Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan.
Dima brings a wealth of experience in the start-up world and is truly one of Chicago's thought leaders in the manufacturing sector.

Parissa Behnia
We worked together
Parissa is a dynamic, intelligent and artful business strategist. I've been working with her on several entrepreneurial initiatives where s ... he is generous with her time, expertise and marketing genius. She brings laser focus with deep understanding of customer experiential drivers across a broad set of business and industry models. A welcome and valuable asset to the founder dating community.

Sam Kirk

Sam is one of the most versatile, talented entrepreneurs I've met. She is the intersection of Artistic Excellence, Entrepreneurial Innovati ... on, and Social Responsibility. Her experience in starting new businesses, particularly with a positive socio-economic impact to communities is unparalleled. Sam is the real deal, She is smart, she is financially savvy, business-aware, and a consummate professional. Her unending energy churns out the most amazing business ideas across the US and beyond. A self-starter, igniter of possibility and profitability.