calling all "impact entrepreneurs"
If you don’t know what an “impact entrepreneur” is, you’re not alone. We invite 10 experienced entrepreneurs to explore 10 of the world’s “wicked problems” and create the new businesses that will address them. We describe these 10 prospective CEOs as “impact entrepreneurs,” because they care about generating impact, and they know that they can create more substantial impact by harnessing investment capital.
Each of our impact entrepreneurs has experienced a successful exit as a startup founder or co-founder. Each of them has what it takes to be a startup CEO. And as part of a 10.10.10 program, each of them will join an exclusive, handpicked team of talented people with a track record of success, a thirst for significance and the audacity to pull it off.
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Become a ninja
Ninjas participate with one or more Prospective CEO’s as they work on solutions to the Wicked Problem they have chosen to tackle. Much like a co-Founder’ in a start-up, Ninja's gather Information and data, develop market knowledge, engage in ideation and modeling – all of the actions that are integral early components and needs of teams forming early companies.
The Ninja cohort has been filled for this year's Program! We're no longer accepting applications, but you can always volunteer and attend!
Volunteers are an invaluable asset. We need Wicked motivated people to help us. Are you ready to help change the face of healthcare?
Validators are entities and individuals that intimately understand problems in Health. They validate that Wicked Problems are indeed Wicked Problems.
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10.10.10 In the News
March 8, 2016 – 10.10.10 Prepares To Take On Healthcare’s Wicked Problems Once Again
DENVER – Leading members of Colorado’s healthcare innovation community gathered at Galvanize’s Golden Triangle location last night to begin preparing for the next installment of 10.10.10 Health – arguably one of the most innovative events in Colorado’s thriving startup ecosystem. Read story
March 9, 2015 – Bia Sport CEO Cheryl Kellond aims at Alzheimer’s with new startup pursuit
BOULDER – Entrepreneur Cheryl Kellond moved her first startup to Boulder. Her second could well start here – and target a far different realm than her first. Kellond, co-founder and CEO of Bia Sport, is pursuing starting a company that would use digital therapeutics to help diminish and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Read Story
March 5, 2015 – 5 Takeaways from 10.10.10
I was lucky enough to score last-minute tickets to the grand finale of 10.10.10 Health, an evening that marked the culmination of this first-ever effort at bringing 10 CEOs together, for 10 days, to tackle 10 of the world’s most “wicked” health-related problems. Read story
March, 4, 2015 – 10 Problems, 10 CEOs, 10 Days: New Program Disrupts the Start-Up Business Mode
For several decades the entrepreneurial world searched for magic ideas. Today, we are seeing far too many great technologies and great ideas that have very little significance to the key issues, pain points and challenges facing the world. One interesting program that is changing the way start-up companies are founded is 101010, the brainchild of Tom Higley, who has several successful start-ups under his belt. Last week, 101010 met in Denver to tackle 10 of the toughest problems in healthcare over 10 days. Read story
February, 27, 2015 – Last day of 10.10.10 health event offers no fast fixes, but promise
February, 26, 2015 – Ten Things Wicked Come to Colorado’s Health Scene: 10 Takeaways from Midpoint
Can 10 successful entrepreneurs come up with solutions to 10 of healthcare’s most “wicked” problems in 10 days? That’s the question Denver’s Tom Higley started asking himself three years ago. Tom, a successful entrepreneur himself and tireless Colorado startup advocate, is the brainchild and chief organizer of an event, dubbed 10.10.10, happening right now in Denver that aims to learn what’s possible. Read story
February, 24, 2015 – 10 Entrepreneurs Take On 10 Health Issues In 10 Days
February, 19, 2015 – Tweets hint at 101010’s CEOs favorite wicked health issues
As 10.10.10 is well into Day 4 of 10 days, we have no updates as to whether any of the 10 CEOs and entrepreneurs are pursuing any of the 10 “wicked” health problems. At least not officially. But in the social networking world, there are plenty of hints as to what is going on. Denver-based Storyvine also captured interviews with every CEO, giving us sneak peeks. Read story
February, 19, 2015 – 10.10.10. | Just what Denver’s doctor ordered?
Time and again in my consulting practice, I have debated with young startups over the value of picking niche markets or going ‘narrow’ as a way towards claiming leadership in a segment – rather than falling into a more crowded pack. Read blog article
February, 18, 2015 – HHS effort focuses on innovation for pressing healthcare issues
Health data and child obesity are among the problems that entrepreneurs are searching for solutions to as part of an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The project is part of an event called 10.10.10, which started Monday in Denver. For the effort, 10 entrepreneurs must find solutions for 10 healthcare issues in 10 days, according to an article at The Hill. Read story
February, 17, 2015 – Can entrepreneurs solve health care problems in 10 days?
For 10 years or so, early-career entrepreneurs have come together at events like startup camps and small-business incubator meetings to try to get a venture off the ground. But Tom Higley— who has started six companies and worked as CEO of two others over the past 20 years — muses that no efforts have been made to bring together proven entrepreneurs to find market-based solutions to societal problems. Read story
February, 17, 2015 – HHS joins new push for health innovation
The Department of Health and Human Services is supporting an effort by 10 entrepreneurs to come up with solutions to 10 healthcare problems in 10 days. The endeavor is part of a new event in Denver called 10.10.10, which is looking for solutions to tough problems that could become the basis for start-up companies. Read story
February, 16, 2015 – Entrepreneurs start 10-day race to solve 10 big health problems
In this age of technology, it’s mind-boggling to think that as many as one in five patients are misidentified at hospitals nationwide. Or that antibiotic-resistant infections — many attributed to doctors not washing their hands — cause 23,000 deaths a year. Read story
February, 16, 2015 – And the 10 wicked health problems are…
As one of the more unique entrepreneurial events to launch in years, 10.10.10 has a lofty goal to challenge 10 experienced leaders to tackle 10 major health crises differently — and hopefully come up with a viable company in 10 days. The idea even gained support today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ready story
February, 16, 2015 – Health Foundation Partnering with Colorado Nonprofit to Match Entrepreneurs with Ten “Wicked” Health Problems
PRESS RELEASE – February 16, 2015 – 10 Entrepreneurs to Tackle Childhood Obesity, Alzheimer’s and other Health Issues
February 16, 2015 – 10 days for 10 businesses to solve healthcare’s ‘wicked’ problems: Can they do it?
What happens when you gather 10 business launchers for 10 days to discuss 10 of healthcare’s biggest problems? Hopefully, a startup with a solution. That’s the goal of the 10.10.10 project. Read story
February 15, 2015 – Sold-out production gives 10 CEOs 10 days to build viable health startup
This aptly named event, called 10.10.10, is like a hackathon for CEOs. A high-speed incubator. A faster, more efficient way to tackle today’s critical health crises, like diabetes, cancer and ALS. Not that these will be the wicked problems — Higley won’t give us a clue before the big reveal. Nor will he spill the chosen CEOs, although each has started or successfully run a business. Read story
February, 15, 2015 – 10 entrepreneurs, 10 health care problems, 10 days to find solutions
For 10 years or so, early-career entrepreneurs have come together at events like startup camps and small-business incubator meetings to try to get a venture off the ground. But Tom Higley — who has started six companies and worked as CEO of two others over the past 20 years — muses that no efforts have been made to bring together proven entrepreneurs to find market-based solutions to societal problems. Ready story
February, 13, 2015 – 10.10.10 gets a vote of support from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
10.10.10 is proud to have the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Idea Lab. HHS understands the importance of tapping the power of entrepreneurialism to solve the world’s Wicked Problems in health. In a recent interview, Bryan Sivak, the CTO and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at HHS, discusses the importance of innovation and pursuit of market-based solutions that can advance the health of Americans — and how 10.10.10 can help make this happen. Watch video interview. You can watch the video interview with Sivak.
February 13, 2015 – Entrepreneurs to Tackle “Wicked Problems” in Healthcare
If you’ve talked to Tom Higley lately, you know the Denver entrepreneur is passionate about his newest endeavor, 10.10.10. You know Higley has great hopes that the 10 entrepreneurs coming to Denver next week will, after 10 intense days studying 10 “wicked problems” related to health and healthcare, come up with ideas for companies that could help solve them. Read story
February 10, 2015 – 10.10.10 Tackles Healthcare Issues – Entrepreneur Style