Founder’s Workshop: Entrepreneurship Through COVID-19

Entrepreneurship during a pandemic comes with obstacles and opportunities. Join us on October 9th for our first-ever virtual Founder’s Workshop, all about Entrepreneurship Through COVID-19!

This event’s keynote speaker will be Trina Spear (A05), Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS, a medical apparel company that is supporting medical professionals during COVID-19. Recently launched Tufts startups will also share how they are pivoting to success during the global crisis.

Shapiro Keynote Speaker: Trina Spear, A05, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, FIGS

Trina Spear is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS. FIGS is revolutionizing the $60 billion antiquated, highly fragmented medical apparel industry by creating the highest quality medical apparel in the world. FIGS is the first medical apparel company to sell directly to the consumer through its thoughtful, data-driven e-commerce platform that utilizes predictive analytics, a streamlined UI / UX experience and lifestyle-driven imagery. FIGS’ foundation is built on product quality, with a relentless focus on fabric, fit and function. FIGS developed its proprietary, performance-oriented fabric technology to meet the unique demands of the medical profession. FIGS’ Technical Collection fabric is antimicrobial, wrinkle-resistant, stain and liquid repellent, moisture-wicking, lightweight, breathable and offers four-way stretch. By offering a branded and customer-centric digital shopping experience, FIGS is changing how medical professionals think about and purchase their workwear. FIGS’ Threads for Threads initiative is central to the mission and has donated over 500,000 sets of scrubs to healthcare providers in need in over 35 countries around the world.

FIGS has raised $75 million from investors, including most recently $65 million from Tulco (the fourth-largest raise for a female-founded company in 2017), and previously $10 million from Irving Place Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Will Smith and others. FIGS was recognized as Best for the World B-Corp in 2015. FIGS was ranked as Number 21 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing companies in 2018, experiencing a 9,948% growth rate over the prior three years.

Prior to launching FIGS, Trina Spear worked at The Blackstone Group. Trina was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015. Trina was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology for her article entitled, “Transforming the Healthcare Experience: Doctors, Nurses, Patients, and Beyond” in the October 2017 issue. She won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Los Angeles Region in 2018. She was recognized as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs’ Builders and Innovators Summit in 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Trina received her BA in Economics from Tufts University, graduating magna cum laude. She completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.

Facilitator: Felice Shapiro, Founder,; member of the Derby Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board

Felice Shapiro has been in publishing for her entire career. She sold her print magazine group targeting the regional parenting market in 1998 (Family Publishing Group), and launched her in November of 2011. 

As the Founder/Publisher of the on-line magazine, (BA50), she is dedicated to celebrating women in their next phase and has established as the #1 in its niche for women in this stage of life. She is an influencer for women over 50 with a social media platform of over 91K IG followers and 55K on FB.

She taught Entrepreneurship at Tufts University for 5 years. She is an adventure traveler who is dedicated to living a positive life. She loves to spend time with her BA50′s sharing conversation while running, hiking, skiing, and after yoga.