Ohio is chock full of entrepreneurs who are changing the game in their respective fields, and OIF is working in the trenches alongside them. We’ve dubbed these individuals Ohio Innovators, and this series will tell their stories.
Meet Mike Hooven, president and CEO of Enable Injections:
In just a few words, who does your company help, and what does it help them do?
Enable Injections was founded in 2010 in Cincinnati based on work started at Children’s Hospital with a goal to make injections more comfortable and convenient. The enFuseTM, Enable Injections’ wearable infusor, is aimed to help patients receiving chronic infusion therapies by changing to drug delivery at home.
What inspired you to take on the challenge of being the CEO of a disruptive startup?
I have always wanted to start my own company and make a positive impact on people’s lives.
What do you see as some of the biggest current or future trends impacting your market?
There are two major trends which likely will happen: 1) movement of healthcare from hospitals to the patient’s home, and 2) a resulting reduction in drug delivery pricing and overall healthcare costs.
What is some of the best advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to share with other entrepreneurs?
When looking at opportunities, make your decisions based on the people you’ll be working with.
What’s one of the craziest or most unexpected things you’ve ever done?
I tried to play and compete in the semi-pro tennis tour and ended up selling Fuller Brush door-to-door in San Diego to earn enough money to make it home for Christmas. I learned more about sales in that experience than any formal education could have given me. I still go by the number one thing I learned from my mentor in that experience: “Never sell anything you don’t believe in.”
What did 10-year-old you think you’d be doing when you grew up?
I thought I would be a scientist, because my granddad was a great engineer. From a young age, I was fascinated by technology.
What are the biggest misconceptions about working at a startup?
I have heard, “There is more security at a large company,” but I disagree. In fact, when large companies have eliminated jobs, downsized, and laid off millions of people in the last decade, startups have been the companies creating jobs and hiring people.