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BGA Hosts EL & Venture Capital Spring Virtual Symposium
As part of its growing Entrepreneurship Leadership (EL) program, Battle Ground Academy hosted  an Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital symposium on Wednesday, April 14, from 6 to 7 p.m., via Zoom.
At the virtual symposium, a panel of entrepreneurial leaders explored how ventures within the healthcare field progressed, stalled and/or pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic. BGA alumna Anna-Gene O’Neal (BGA Class of 1984), Division President for Brookdale Health Services at Brookdale Senior Living, served as the moderator.  
The panel included Angela Humphreys, leader of Bass, Berry & Sims’ healthcare practice; Kunu Kaushal (BGA Class of 2002), CEO and founder of Senior Solutions Home Care; Griffin Myers, M.D., (BGA Class of 1999), co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Oak Street Health; and Marcus Whitney, founding partner of Jumpstart Health Investors. 
“We were pleased to bring together such an all-star group of entrepreneurs from the field of healthcare to provide insight not only to students in our Entrepreneur Leadership program but also to the community as a whole,” said Hallie Heiter, Director of BGA’s innovative EL program. “These entrepreneurs provided a real-world perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted entrepreneurship in healthcare. It was a very informative hour.”
Launched in 2015, BGA’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program is one of the few four-year comprehensive entrepreneurship programs being offered by high schools in the country. It equips students with skills and mindsets to creatively solve real-world problems through hands-on active learning.
BGA has just opened the Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. ’52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship. In addition to a new theater and auditorium, the 44,000-square-foot facility will house the Yarbrough Family Center for Entrepreneurship, which will serve as the home for the school’s EL program. This space features four entrepreneur-focused classrooms, five breakout spaces – including one with audio/video equipment for recording presentations and vocal performances and a maker space with a 3D printer, laser cutters and a host of other technologically advanced prototyping tools.
Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a co-educational, college preparatory school for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. More information on the school can be found at