LISA – Pathways to Start Up Success

March 11, 2022 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am America/Los Angeles Timezone



LISA Innovation Ecosystem and Roundtable

LISA (Stanford GSB LEAD Incubator & Startup Accelerator)  has successfully completed 3 cohorts so far, and worked with 100+ startup IDEAS in the past 2 years – from within Stanford GSB Community (including LEAD, Msx, MBA, SEED program) together in collaboration with Stanford Embark entrepreneurial toolkit. Deepti Pahwa and Edward Mundt, Founding Partners of LISA, will discuss the start-up journey with 4 LISA Alumni participants whose business ideas coming from diverse fields of health-tech, fintech, consumer goods and legal tech, overcame the funding challenges, and successfully continue to grow in Asia, South America, and the US. 

We welcome these founders to share their own unique stories, and how LISA formed the basis for the foundation of their Business.  What sorts of challenges have they faced and how have they overcome issues to continue on their path.  

We will also shed light on how the greater LEAD community has been a vital part of their continued success with 50+ Stanford GSB LEAD Alumni supporting these Start-up ventures through their varied expertise as Facilitation Execs, Mentors, Design Facilitators, Workshop owners, tech experience, and more! LISA will also announce the launch of its 4th COHORT in April 2022 during the session and would be inviting questions for participation.

About the Speakers:


Deepti Pahwa is Stanford GSB LEAD alumni as well as currently working as an Executive Coach and facilitator for various Stanford GSB LEAD’s Innovation and leadership courses (mentored 200+ design & entrepreneurship & 100+ leadership projects). She is also Founding Partner of LISA (Stanford GSB Lead Incubator & Startup accelerator), an initiative co-founded in 2020, that has grown to be an extensive engaging ecosystem of founders, mentors,  influential guest speakers and VCs that channels the expertise of Stanford LEAD community to help foster entrepreneurship ventures from within wider Stanford community (MBA, MSX, SEED program). The initiative is also working in collaboration with Stanford curriculum – Embark. She also leads Stanford LEAD Europe Chapter as one of the Trailblazers, which regularly provides space, events, and participation of EU wide Stanford LEAD community to network, bond and connect. In addition, she is the Founder of Swiss LEAD Meet-ups for Stanford LEAD alumni.

Deepti has been working at the intersection of Innovation, brand strategy & human-centred design for 18+years with Big Innovation awards and Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Nomination up her sleeve. Her experience spans multiple industries from as Chief Innovation Officer of Health tech start-up in Silicon Valley and working on pandemic technologies with MIT Media labs to leading Product Design & Brand Strategy in the past for Global Lifestyle Brands (Calvin Klein, Swatchgroup, Zalando, Swarovski). Currently, she runs her consulting practice lending thought-partnership to visionary leaders in developing innovative new business models, improving experiences and outcomes, and driving design consistency and standardisation across organisations. Working closely with C-suites, she champions the interdisciplinary, multi-faceted nature of design, and applies design thinking across sectors such as health, technology, the social sector, business strategy & culture. Deepti has also been a Guest speaker at IMD Business School (Privacy by design in digital transformation), serves as Mentor & Judge for MassChallenge Switzerland,  and currently also working as Associate Professor for Innovation in Supply chain In Business School of Lausanne.



Edward Mundt is a LEAD alumni from the Vanguard cohort.  A LISA cofounder, he has worked as a Corporate Finance executive for 20 years, based in the USA, Hong Kong and London.  In addition to his corporate and consulting roles, he sat on the Steering Committee for the US Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force and lectured at colleges on Fintech.  He has been a board member for various organisations, including the EU’s SEPA Commission and regional Treasury-related groups.