Bothell StartUp Weekend HEALTH

    Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Bothell StartUp Weekend HEALTH

Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015

Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

UW Bothell
18115 Campus Way Northeast
Discovery Hall
Bothell, WA 98011

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Bothell StartUp Weekend - HEALTH

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur in Health? Want to impact medical devices, healthcare IT, wearables, biotech, fitness, CROs or life sciences?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. Bothell Startup Weekend is the first Startup Weekend completely focused on health and related verticals in the state of Washington. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Teams organically form around the top ideas (by vote) and then it’s a 54 hour work frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos-- presentations to local business leaders with an opportunity for critical feedback. You do not need to be a designer, coder or even a seasoned healthcare professional to join, anyone is welcome; the only requirement is curiosity. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!  Ideas for the weekend will impact the following verticals:
  • Medical Devices
  • Healthcare IT (ex. electronic medical records, telemedicine portals, electronic scheduling, etc.)
  • Wearables (biometrics, fitness, etc.)
  • CROs
  • Healthcare data/ B.I. innovations
  • Pharma/Life Sciences
  • Payer/Insurer technology
  • Consumer Health Apps
  • Nutrition
In addition to a great weekend full of entrepreneurial activity, participants will receive:


Friday May 15th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue, get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:50 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:10 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

Saturday May 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Check-In / Stand-up
After-lunch check-in / stand-up, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may continue working in another venue

Sunday May 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Sailesh Chutani
CEO, Co-founder

Sailesh has 25 years of experience in creating successful new businesses and products. Prior to Mobisante, he managed $100m worth of exploratory research investments in emerging technologies to identify and seed new businesses at Microsoft. He also led the turnaround of the WebTV acquisition into a profitable business, launching multiple new product and services with revenues that peaked at $220m. He has had business and technical leadership roles in companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Transarc – a startup acquired by IBM that became a billion dollar business.Sailesh has championed cell phone technologies in healthcare since 2005 and he co-authored the book, “Technology at the Margins” that takes a global view of the impact of the mobile phone on healthcare, education, micro-finance and resource management.Sailesh has a PhD from Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, a Master’s degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor in Technology from IIT, Kanpur in India, all in Computer Science.

Event Judges

Rebecca Norlander

20+ year technologist including 19 years at Microsoft, she played a myriad of roles from Office team member, Windows XP leader, and technology strategist for Ray Ozzie, the Chief Software Architect. Making the leap from a large corporation to the start-up world, she joined Illuminate Ventures in 2010 as Executive in Residence. After helping manage both parents through serious medical conditions at the end of their lives, Rebecca started Health123, because she is passionate about what technology can do to make the world a healthier place.  
-Member, Mentor and HealthCare Transformer at StartUp Health
-Board DirectorAAUW
-Advisory Board MemberLyfebank

Paul Goodrich

Managing director Paul Goodrich believes in the power of ideas. And he works hard to help entrepreneurs make something of them. “What interests me most about the start-up process is working with entrepreneurs possessed by an idea and helping them channel that idea into a huge commercial success.” This manifests in a strong focus on early hiring decisions, when each hire can have a huge effect (positive or negative) on the success of the enterprise. And it comes through when listening to Paul talk about the challenges in making the correct judgment on when to be more or less “hands on” in the management of the start-up. “It’s a balancing act, but everything we do in this regard, we do to help the company get or remain on the right track.”

Henry Wong
Inventor & Founder | Tech Marketing and Business Lover

Henry is a technology and consumer electronics guru and advisor.  He has 20+ years of engineering, marketing, business, and product experience with Fortune 500 companies in 3 continents. Henry is the creator, inventor, and founder of FenSens – first wireless aftermarket sensor for cars – which won 1st place in 2014 Kirkland Startup Weekend.  Since then, Henry has been involved with various startup communities and events. He is currently managing technical marketing at Wacom for OEM and ecosystem partners to provide best-in-class digital ink and pen technology.  He also manages partnerships for TEDxSeattle 2019. Henry holds a Computer and Systems Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Richard Shea

Mr. Shea has held a broad range of executive leadership positions over his thirty-three year career in the healthcare industry. His unique experience spanned both domestic and overseas assignments in research, product development, sales, marketing, distribution, and manufacturing. With early career experience at Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories, Mr. Shea expanded his  professional portfolio with several successful early-stage companies including Stericycle (SRCL), a healthcare service provider, and Spiration (Olympus Respiratory America), a respiratory medical  device company.  
Mr. Shea earned his BS in marketing from Nichols College. He currently serves as a Board Member for the University of Washington, Bothell, and as a Special Advisor to the Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.

Maren Nelson

With over 20 years of medical product experience, Maren has experience in product development, medical product software, product manufacturing, and quality systems. She enjoys the energy, enthusiasm, and new approaches from startup medical companies, and has recently worked with Shift Labs  and Heart Test Laboratories. She previously worked at Physio-Control in Redmond. She currently consults in medical product and quality system development, and is a Senior Project advisor at Seattle University. Maren has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an executive MBA from Seattle U. She serves on the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Advisory Board at Seattle U, and is a member of the medical angel investing group WINGS.

Coaches and Mentors

Richard Shea

Mr. Shea has held a broad range of executive leadership positions over his thirty-three year career in the healthcare industry. His unique experience spanned both domestic and overseas assignments in research, product development, sales, marketing, distribution, and manufacturing. With early career experience at Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories, Mr. Shea expanded his  professional portfolio with several successful early-stage companies including Stericycle (SRCL), a healthcare service provider, and Spiration (Olympus Respiratory America), a respiratory medical  device company.  
Mr. Shea earned his BS in marketing from Nichols College. He currently serves as a Board Member for the University of Washington, Bothell, and as a Special Advisor to the Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.

Shanika Weerasundara
Legal Counsel at Foundry Law Group

Shanika is a practical, result-oriented, hands-on legal counsel and business advisor to Founders/CEOs and technologists. Shanika has 15 years of in-house and law firm experience that includes clients from a variety of industries including technology.  While counseling clients from F100 enterprises to startups, when Shanika got tired and lonely with paperwork, she took an active role in shaping the lives of the startups and their founding teams. This helped her to see what it looks like to be on the ‘other side’ of the table. Now she spends time at both Startups and in the law firm.  While helping several of her clients on the practical challenges associated with fund raising, she developed a passion for startup funding and became an angel investor herself. She is also an active participant in the startup community in bringing enterprise talent to the start-up world.  Shanika’s expertise includes product development, technology counseling, licensing (mobile apps, hardware, and distribution), securing intellectual property, corporate law, financing and outside general counsel services.

Stefan Shipman

Stefan is an instructor in the Biomedical Regulatory Affairs program at University of Washington and the Manager of Quality and Analytics at Quorum Review. Quorum Review provided regulatory consulting and IRB services to pharmaceutical and medical device companies internationally.

Stefan is passionate about mobile medical apps, medical devices, bringing a product to market, and working with the FDA (if you have to).

Andrew Klein
Executive Vice President at Zino Society

Andrew Klein has been working with startups and emerging growth companies for over 10 years as a founder and as an outside advisor for both the entrepreneurial team and their investors. In this capacity he has managed the strategic operations and funding of companies in a variety of industries with specific expertise in SaaS, Healthcare, Hospitality & Consumer Products, and Energy/Construction. Companies with Andrew's direct involvement have raised almost $70 million in debt and equity. He also has a strong passion for entrepreneurship and connecting people together as shown in his involvement as a TechStars Alumni, mentor at 9Mile Labs Accelerator, teacher at General Assembly, and in running the meetup group Cigars & Startups. He holds a BS in accounting and an MBA focused on entrepreneurial finance both from Seattle University. 

Neil Bergquist
Innovation Architect, Point B

Neil is a serial entrepreneur focused on bringing entrepreneurship to the enterprise as a management consultant. He’s currently building innovation ecosystems at large healthcare organizations to equip leadership and staff with the tools and methodologies necessary to listen, ideate, prototype and test new products, services and business models. Prior to consulting, Neil was the Managing Director of SURF Incubator which supported more than 200 tech startups, orchestrated 500+ events and collaborated with 30 corporate partners to drive entrepreneurial innovation in Seattle. 

Punar Singh

Punar Singh has been doing start ups since he was a junior at the University of Washingon, and has been professionally been involved in the startup world for over 7 years. He has founded Health based, as well as B2B SAAS start ups, and also runs an online marketing agency that consults with companies like Microsoft (and multiple early stage ventures) with their customer acquisition strategies, without them spending a fortune ( and also is the founder of KiwanaTea.Com, which makes luxury green tea blends mixed with saffron and multiple exotic spices.

Maria Dykstra
Founder, TreDigital

Maria Dykstra is an author, speaker, technology entrepreneur and digital media strategist with over 16 years of successes in the industry. Maria’s career includes working with Fortune 100 companies, managing product and marketing strategy covering $2 Billion in annual revenue across 36 markets worldwide, as well as serving as an advisor to the technology startups.  Her vision and digital strategy recommendations have been recognized throughout her industry and earned her a number of awards.

After leaving Microsoft in 2012, Maria co-founded TreDigital, a boutique digital agency that helps early stage companies grow and scale user base through the power of technology and non-traditional marketing techniques.

Maria supports the Seattle Tech ecosystem as a Board Member of the Seattle Chapter of Women in Wireless.  She also serves as a Director of the Founder Institute Seattle, a 15-week accelerator program featuring over 70 local CEO/Founder mentors in tech and worldwide locations in 44 cities. 

Melanie DePaoli
Brand Instigator

Melanie DePaoli  works with companies and organizations to build brands worthy of going viral.She has in-depth knowledge of how culture, branding and operations intersect to impact a company’s bottom line and influence your community building loyalty. She is an internationally recognized author of three books on culture driven brands.
As a national speaker, DePaoli speaks on topics about brand experience, customer experience, company culture, and social media. As founder and Brand Catalyst of Omicle LLC, she is a sought-after speaker. For more on Mel DePaoli, please visit

Pierre Mourad

Associate Professor
Division of Engineering and Mathematics (UWB)
Department of Neurological Surgery (UWS)

Department of Bioengineering (Adjunct)
Department of Radiology (Adjunct)

Applied Physics Laboratory

Shauna Causey
Tech Startup Advisor / Mentor / Investor

Shauna has managed innovation, communications, research, community relations and social/digital media strategies for companies, non-profits and elected officials. She has 15 years of experience, starting her career with the Seattle Mariners Baseball Team when she was in high school. She's had leadership roles at Fox Sports Net, Warner Brothers, Comcast, Nordstrom, Google (via PwC) and After working on the sale of to eBay in late 2013, Shauna joined UP Global (Startup Weekend, Startup America), a company she’d been volunteering with for four years, as VP of Marketing. Shauna has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Bloomberg West and Marie Claire Magazine as an ecommerce and startup analyst. Shauna serves on several nonprofit boards: Seattle’s NPR (KUOW), Leadership Tomorrow, and Social Media Club Seattle. She’s a competitive cyclist and beach volleyball player.

Dave Szakelyhidi
Medical Device Business Development

Medical Device Business Development @ Product Creation Studio

David has been on the forefront of medical device innovation for 15yrs.  He has developed many novel devices as an engineer, as a project manager, and in business development.
  • Medical product development
  • Entrepreneurship and Startups
  • Intellectual property investigation and filing
  • Conceptualization and 3D modeling of novel devices
  • Electromechanical prototyping
  • FDA regulatory navigation and approvals 
  • Quality systems, Hazards and Risks, Requirements management, V&V planning
  • CM management 
  • Engineering project management 

Dan Gigante
Digital Director, 19 IDEAS

Dan is a web and mobile app developer, and technical advisor with 20 years experience building custom software solutions for a variety of businesses, including Mattel, Birds Eye Foods, and North American Breweries. From 2000 to 2010, Dan was co-founder and partner at clevermethod, a local web development company, which he helped grow to a Fortune 5000 business. In 2010 Dan launched You and Who, a buy-one-give-one social good company that helps people in need across the U.S. You and Who now focuses on its line "26 Shirts", an initiative founded by Del Reid that Del and Dan lead - a limited edition shirt released every 2 weeks with $8 from every sale going to help a family in need or foundation. In 2014, Dan joined 19 IDEAS as a partner and is Digital Director for the growing marketing communications company leading their digital projects and business development.

Named one of Buffalo Business First’s ‘40 Under 40’ in 2013, Dan is a tireless advocate for the start-up and tech community in Western New York. He is a founding organizer for Startup Weekend Buffalo, and co-chair for BarCamp Buffalo 2014. Dan has served on several non-profit boards, including March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and InfoTech Niagara. He has given numerous talks to computer programming and business classes at Buffalo State College and State University of New York at Buffalo, and was a featured speaker at the 2014 TEDxYouth@Buffalo event. At Buffalo Startup Weekend 2014, Dan pitched and led the first place team, Three Square Meals, a working food-centric mobile app that was developed in 54 hours.

Josh Lee

Josh facilitates all aspects of the entrepreneur application process from initial submission through screening, presentation at the Keiretsu Forum investor meetings, and due diligence. He works closely with entrepreneurs while helping them achieve their goals through the mindshare atmosphere at Keiretsu Forum and access to capital. Josh also collaborates closely with the Keiretsu Forum global team on sharing best practices and deal flow. He is active in the Pacific Northwest entrepreneur eco-system and collaborates closely with key entrepreneur partner organizations.

Roger Sahm

Experienced professional able to utilize broad engineering and medical background to assist with all steps of product design from conception and market research through clinical trials and regulatory approval.

Medical/Engineering Liaison
- Manage all clinical aspects of medical instrument development, testing, validation, and regulatory affairs
- Prepare technological due diligence reports and provide assessments
- Research market needs and trends to justify engineering design modifications
- Direct product requirements and clinical/user needs assessments
- Provide design recommendations to maximize clinical efficacy and market acceptance
- Identify customers, analyze market size and potential, and evaluate reimbursement scenarios and strategies for managed care organizations
- Serve as medical liaison between the company and investors, national/international study sites, investigators, and thought leaders
- Fulfill medical advisory role for engineering, sales, marketing, and customer service departments
- Meet and negotiate with FDA for successful clearance pathway

Joe Hage
Medical Device Consultant

Joe Hage leads the world’s largest Medical Devices Group, the industry’s only spam-free, curated forum for intelligent conversations with medical device thought leaders. Mr. Hage’s  medical device marketing services help companies engage qualified prospects and his 10x Medical Device Conference unites Medical Devices Group members in an intimate and educational forum each year.

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