Julian Awad experienced entrepreneurship early at the age of 12 when he first started importing candy from Singapore to Malaysia where his family was living at the time. At the age of 19 he started his first company in real estate. Since then, his interest for business and social responsibility has taken him from refugee trips in Sumatra, Indonesia to driving new innovative genetic risk assessments.
After spending 5 years with Xerox as a project manager, Julian was selected for CIGNA’s Early Leadership Development Program, while simultaneously graduating from the Wharton School of Business with a double major in Management and Marketing. Mr. Awad received the Snider Seed Award for Wharton’s Venture Initiation Program and also graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then secured financing and launched a direct to consumer genetics company that utilized online marketing to market genetic technologies internationally. Working with Google directly for marketing and advertising, Mr. Awad realized the need for marketing agencies that focused on a Return On Investment (R.O.I.) or that were performance oriented. After years of training and providing marketing services on a volunteer basis, JSA Interactive Inc. was formed to meet the growing demand Mr. Awad was receiving for his marketing and commercialization services.
Julian Awad has over 15 years of professional experience in marketing, strategic planning, project management, healthcare IT, and internet technologies. He has secured multiple rounds of investment capital, managed a board of directors and a team of world-class advisors for his genetic startup. He also has 10 years of entrepreneurial experience in marketing companies, launching consumer focused internet startups, and financing small businesses.
He also mentors at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service, TechStars in Boston, and with start-ups in China via the China Accelerator. He has been a judge for the Wharton business plan competition, MIT’s 100k competition, and MassChallenge.
He states his greatest achievements are finding and marrying his wife/best friend and having his new son and twin daughters.