Winter Innovations
Lia Winter, CEO

Lia Winter founded her medical device startup, Winter Innovations, after her personal experiences helped her identify an opportunity to improve graft augmentation in musculoskeletal ligament and tendon reconstruction procedures.  Lia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017.  After completing her undergraduate studies, she matriculated at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She was awarded the prestigious Ergen MBA Fellowship, a full scholarship that enabled her to pursue dual Master in Business Administration and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering degrees.  During her time at the University of Tennessee, Lia was awarded $30,000 from the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to fund her medical device startup.  She also found success pitching at venues outside of her home university and was able to secure an additional $75,000 in non-dilutive funding by winning pitch competitions in Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and even Canada.  Lia completed her graduate studies in May of 2019, and she is currently pursuing her entrepreneurial venture full-time.  This past summer, she is participated in the ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program in Memphis with her co-founder, Preston Dishner.  The two are working toward launch and commercialization of their EasyWhipTM product, the first apparatus to leverage removably connected needle portions for graft stitching, which improves overall ease of use during graft preparation and enables their new proprietary stitching method.