Pitching your busi­ness to U.S. Sen. Eliz­a­beth Warren is no easy feat, but it helps when you’ve prac­ticed your ele­vator pitch a number of times before­hand, says North­eastern alumnus and researcher Richard Ranky, co-​​founder and CEO of 3-​​Spark, LLC. Together with Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Engi­neering Con­stan­tinos Mavroidis, aca­d­emic spe­cialist Mark Sivak, and doc­toral stu­dent Lexi Carver, Ranky spun off 3-​​Spark from Northeastern’s Bio­med­ical Mecha­tronics Lab­o­ra­tory. The com­pany spe­cial­izes in 3-​​D printing tech­nolo­gies for the edu­ca­tion and con­sumer mar­kets and was accepted into the 2013 Mass­Chal­lenge pro­gram. Ranky offered to share his expe­ri­ence starting 3-​​Spark and how the uni­ver­sity helped turn his doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion into a business.

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