Startup Stories – Jennifer Holland (Throat Scope)


May 5


08:00 am - 09:00 am

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University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)

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I2N Hub Hunter Street

376 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300

Newcastle, NSW, AU, 2300

Hear the experiences of an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the inside story.

Jennifer Holland, a former accountant turned medtech founder, knew very little when it came to growing a venture. But in 2009, after a local GP visit in Newcastle with her first child, she realised a doctor holding a pen light and wooden tongue depressor with a moving young child was not going to work. Searching everywhere Jennifer sought no solution, and so one month later she founded Throat Scope, kickstarting her journey into the world of business.

By 2010 Jennifer was finalising her first prototype of Throat Scope, an all-in-one illuminated tongue depressant device that took the hard work out of oral cavity examinations. And in 2011, she received the Queensland Government’s ‘What’s your big idea?’ prize of $50,000 to get her prototype to the next stage. But it wasn’t until the following year that Jennifer’s big break came. She entered Shark Tank, pitching Throat Scope and convincing Steve Baxter to invest into the company, giving a major boost to the company’s brand awareness.

Jennifer has gone on to build a strong team that is scaling the company across the US, Japan and Europe. They have attracted global recognition, hold numerous patents and have distributed over two million products across eight countries via 30 medical distribution partners.

Join us at Startup Stories for an engaging session with one of Australia’s brightest medtech CEO’s and local Newcastle entrepreneur as she shares her insight into building a world-class company and scaling it across the globe.

Order of Proceedings

8:00AM – Hub doors open and Zoom webinar commences

8:05AM – Housekeeping and introduction

8:10AM – Overview from Bal Dhital

8:20AM – Participant submitted Q&A

8:50AM – Additional Q&A with live audience

9:00AM – Event concludes


What is I2N?

The University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) fuels the success of innovators and entrepreneurs to build great businesses by connecting them with community, coaching, customers and capital. We do this through a range of programs across our I2N Hubs at Hunter Street, Williamtown, Muswellbrook and Honeysuckle (opening 2021).


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