Edel Browne To Pitch At Forbes 30 Under 30

13th October 2016

Posted In: FYI
Edel Browne

Edel Browne, a third year biotechnology student at NUI Galway and founder of Free Feet Medical, has been selected to pitch at the Blackstone LaunchPad Showcase at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Conference. The conference will run from 16-19 October in Boston.

Edel, who was recently a Sodexo WMB Newcomer Award 2016 finalist, secured her place in the top six when chosen after a competitive process across the Blackstone LaunchPad global network.

The 19 year old’s company Free Feet Medical is developing a device which helps people with Parkinson’s disease overcome gait freezing, a symptom affecting over 70% of those diagnosed with the disease.

As student entrepreneur-in-residence with Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway, Edel from Athenry, Co. Galway, is excited at the opportunities this international exposure will bring. Winning teams will be announced by Jon Gray, Blackstone’s Global Head of Real Estate, and Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes.

This achievement has come on the back of a very productive few months for Free Feet Medical with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on FundIt that has already raised €9,000.

Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad NUI Galway, Mary Carty, a Boots WMB Empowering Women Award 2016 finalist, said: “I am thrilled for Edel. Her hard work and passion is inspiring. It’s a fantastic opportunity to drive her business forward. The exposure and opportunities this event will bring to Free Feet Medical is incredible.”