Grace Hsia was the Senior Project Manager who managed programmatic strategy and operations at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy. She provided executive coaching and recommendations for addressing critical gaps in business development, supply chain, manufacturing, marketing, and sales for 240+ advanced technology startups through the First Customer Program. She assessed clients and provided them with a market specific overview, competitive landscape analysis, SWOT analysis, and action plan. She also assembled project scopes of work, issued requests for quotations/proposals, submitted justification packages to Procurement, assembled 3-way contracts, and provided a payment process overview once the client has been successfully screened for a project or series of projects.
She is the CEO of Warmilu, a non-electric warming technology startup, where she manages $80k for medical device development, clinical testing, manufacturing, marketing, and sales (US, India, and Kenya). She has been recognized by the Manufacturing Institute as an Emerging Leader for the 2016 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead Awards. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 2016 Honoree in the Manufacturing & Industry Category. She was the tech mentor for the top 10 finalists in the Intel 2014 Make it Wearable Competition at UC Berkeley, including ProGlove and Nixie. She frequently presents the Warmilu journey and early idea creation, generation, and validation frameworks to early stage innovators, entrepreneurs, and students as a guest lecturer or keynote speaker.
Grace graduated from the University of Michigan with her BSE in Materials Science and Engineering (Class of 2012) from the College of Engineering and Master of Entrepreneurship (Class of 2013) from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and College of Engineering.