The rule was simple — present your entire Ph.D. work in 3 minutes. “That’s crazy”, I thought. But I love a challenge. A few weeks later I did it in 2 minutes and 47 seconds. I was surprised at how much I was able to communicate in less than 3 minutes. This was the annual ‘3 Minutes to Change the World’ competition held at McGill, and I was one of 12 graduate students selected to present.

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This was my first time ‘pitching’ to non-scientists. Prior to that, most of my presentations were at scientific conferences where we all spoke the same lingo. The challenge for me was not only the time constraint, it was how to deliver scientific concepts in a simple manner while keeping the audience engaged. Since then, I have pitched countless times to investors, executives, industry leaders, academics, and government officials. …


Mina Mekhail, PhD

A scientist entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and a flair for writing.

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