Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Boomtown Accelerators
2060 Broadway B1
Boulder, CO 80302

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You have 54 hours to redesign healthcare

We are all patients. We depend on our healthcare system in our most vital moments, often at the edge of life and death. Yet, each time we interact with it, we uncover evidence of the vast inefficiency that plagues healthcare: we fill out paper on clipboards, we lug around binders of prior records, we depend too heavily on narrative, heck, doctors still sport pagers at their hip. In short, the digital tools that have transformed nearly every other industry has somehow failed to penetrate healthcare, an industry that now accounts for nearly 20% of US GDP. 
No doubt, healthcare is a complex hairball. It’s entrenched with behemoths who hold onto the status quo. It’s fraught with hidden middlemen and a regulatory landscape riddled with land mines. In short, healthcare is ripe for disruption. This is where you come in. You will dream up ways to more efficiently deliver care, come up with a more ideal patient experience, and figure out how to add value beyond healthcare today. ...well, as much you and your team can do in 54 hours. 
At Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend, you’ll find a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Who should participate?

In short - everyone! It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, Startup Weekend LI is the place for you. Startup Weekend brings together all types of people including designers, developers, creatives, business people, healthcare providers, doctors, nurses, and more.

What happens at Startup Weekend?

On Friday night, you'll pitch your own idea and/or listen to others. Everyone then votes on the most interesting ideas and form teams.

On Saturday, you'll work with top mentors and coaches to refine your idea and get customer feedback. Don't freak out when all your ideas go out the window and you're forced to pivot. That's what a real startup is like.

On Sunday, you'll learn how to create a million dollar pitch. It all comes together that night when you and your team present your work to a panel of judges including top VCs, business people, and community leaders.

While it's not required that you pitch an idea on Friday night, it's highly encouraged. Half the fun of Startup Weekend is getting out of your comfort zone and doing something that makes you a little bit nervous. Also, while you can come with friends, you’ll have the best experience if you participate in separate teams and on different ideas.

There's only 1 rule: Your idea can't be something that you have been working on.

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve has to be something completely new. It can't be something that you have already worked on. Startup Weekend is all about constant and rapid iteration and figuring out what problems customers are facing. If you already have a fully baked idea/business, you can't change quick enough and it won't be any fun for you or the other participants. But don't worry - Startup Weekend is great for current founders, too. The skills that you learn and the people that you meet at Startup Weekend can easily be applied to your current startup.

Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. In just one weekend, you will:
  • Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship 
  • Learn the process for going from concept to creation 
  • Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs including mentors in Health + Tech 
  • Build a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world 
  • Get one-on-one time with amazing mentors 
  • Receive special benefits and discounts from our global partners 
  • Eat 7 delicious and nutritious meals along with unlimited snacks and coffee
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Friday November 15th

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

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Feasibility/Technical Mentoring Session
Health + Tech industry experts guide the teams on honing their idea, identifying opportunities and threats in their product concept. This morning is the first chance for each team to get together and hash out their thoughts following the pitches from the night prior.

12:00 pm

4:00 pm
Business Model session
Mentors help teams on MVP, market validation, and business model feedback

6:30 pm

9:00 pm
Finish things up for the day - tomorrow teams begin developing their pitches for the judges.

Sunday November 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch practice
Teams will need to finalize their concept and streamline their storytelling for the final pitch. Mentors will help teams understand the best way to communicate their idea to the panel of judges, prepare for potential questions.

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Rachel Dixon
Executive Director @ Prime Health

Rachel is an energetic leader in the healthcare innovation field. In addition to her role as President and Executive Director of Prime Health, a nationally-leading health innovation ecosystem and nonprofit, she is proud to serve as a member of Colorado's eHealth Commission, advising and guiding health IT advancement across the state.

Rachel has expertise in the clinical, operational, and technological implementation of tele-based modes of care delivery. She specializes in Medicaid-focused services, and has worked with numerous provider organizations to successfully design, implement and maintain virtual care programs in various urban and rural settings including payer, managed care, primary care, community mental health center, and residential. She also has expertise in the Medicaid payer and managed care space, and her work has given her an in-depth understanding of how health care ecosystems and stakeholders work together across the spectrum, along with insight into successful strategies for navigating complex, multi-organizational environments from the macro to the granular.

Rachel is interested in the variations and commonalities of how some of today’s most complex healthcare challenges are experienced across the continuum of care. She believes healthcare is a human right, and is passionate about serving the underserved.

Tom Base
Managing Director @ Boomtown Accelerators

Tom Base is Managing Director of Boomtown Accelerators, HealthTech division, overseeing their efforts to invest in, train and mentor promising healthcare technology startups. Tom is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and served five years in the Marines including numerous overseas deployments. Following the Marines, he received his MBA/MBI from RSM Erasmus University in The Netherlands. After business school, he began his civilian career in investment banking in Silicon Valley. Tom has since worked as an advisor or senior leadership roles in finance, business development, and operations in the healthcare space including drug discovery, devices, software, analytics, AI/ML, blockchain, health systems, and payers. Tom has completed nearly $2B in public and private financings, token sales, partnerships, and acquisitions.

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Strom
Co-Founder at CareLoop & Principal at IRONA

 Andrew Strom is a creative technologist with over 20 years of experience launching companies through the integration of design and technology. He currently serves as Co-Founder and CSO of CareLoop, a cloud-based, EHR-integrated, web and mobile communication platform designed to improve the patient experience and care coordination while breaking down barriers between disparate health systems and EHRs. In 2000 Strom founded IRONA, Inc. providing design and technology solutions. IRONA, Inc. has engaged in long-term contracts with top advertising and creative agencies including School, VSA Partners, Leo Burnett, and Foote Cone & Belding. Throughout his career, Strom has developed solutions for top companies and brands including ADM, Boeing, Disney, EarthLink, Jenn-Air, Kraft, Nintendo, StorageTek, Seattle's Best, and Watsco, Inc. Strom has been involved in the launch of several companies. He served as Chief Innovation Officer of iBirth, a SaaS pregnancy, labor and postpartum platform for hospitals and birth centers (acquired by Babyscripts). He also conceptualized and started three Chicago restaurants, The Bedford, Carriage House (2015 Bib Gourmand winner), and Buck’s Chicken & Biscuits.

Andrew Trees
Founder & CEO @ Agathos

Andrew has a passion for health economics, pricing and market access, evolving payment and delivery models. Prior to founding Agathos, Andrew consulted with ClearView and IMS Health (now IQVIA), researching with hundreds of physicians, payers, and administrators on matters of clinical evidence and practice economics.

Anne Baldwin
Director of EMR Integration @ healthfinch


Ashmer Aslam
Co-Founder & CTO @ Cured

 A healthcare technologist from a family of physicians, Ashmer has seen technology be an incredible enabler of advancement. However, the current transactional technologies that support the industry—ERPs and EMRs, are not focused on creating engaging personal experiences. For healthcare to achieve parity with other consumer interactions, a true transformation towards modern and agile technologies is paramount.
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Ashmer is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cured. Prior to Cured, Ashmer was a Principal Enterprise Architect at Salesforce where he focused on driving cloud architecture in healthcare and life sciences as well as product innovation across the platform.​Ashmer was a strategy and management consultant responsible for leading major Fortune 50 client engagements in the healthcare, life sciences, financial services and public sector verticals at Accenture. He began his career at Epic Systems, where he was a clinical application director and one of the first members of the Oncology application implementation team.​Ashmer graduated from Northwestern University with a dual BA in Economics and Neurobiology.

Bernando Perez
Chief Science Officer @ Wellian

I'm a non-traditional cardiologist, with a deep passion and background in digital health, statistics/data science, health economics, healthcare management, and entrepreneurship. I'm the Chief Scientific Officer of Wellian, a digital health company that was part of Boomtown cohort in 2018. I have worked in 4 healthcare systems: Argentina, Spain, UK, and the USA. I have developed practical knowledges about marketing and sales during this year, and I would love to share those and other learnings with fellow entrepreneurs.

Bob Goodman
Managing Director @ CanopyBoulder

With a background that spans an array of technologies, working with companies of all sizes, and doing business around the world, Bob is very experienced in identifying potential, helping to drive strategy and obtain investments for startups involved in the CanopyBoulder Accelerator.
Bob is a lifelong leader. Coming from a long line of senior military officers, he completed his BS in Engineering at West Point, served five years as an Infantry Officer, and received an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain. His passion for technology led him to manufacturing, sales and marketing management positions at Texas Instruments while also pursuing his MBA.
Through his time at Texas Instruments, Bob began a long relationship with business and emerging technology. Over multiple executive roles including President and CEO of eight (8) startups, he has gained some 40 years’ experience leading teams, developing startup companies, raising capital, and so much more.
The list of companies and accomplishments is long and broad, each with their own success stories. Some of the highlights include:
• Full overhaul of Blockchain related firm, KeepKey (ShapeShift company), rebuilding the team, distribution channels, engineering, marketing, etc. - building from zero revenue to $20 million annual run-rate in just five months.
 • Closed two $250,000 Colorado OEDIT AI grants as CEO of RxAssurance and BASic 3C.
 • Obtained $760,000 in funding for RxAssurance Corporation as Founder and CEO.
 • Raising over $30 Million in investments from venture capital, angels, strategic partners, governments and foundations as well as forming key relationships and developing state of the art products with multiple startup companies.
This is but a small selection of Bob’s high-level accomplishments. His lengthy history as a leader makes him an excellent fit for CanopyBoulder - but it’s about far more than his resume. His experience across different technically oriented companies has only taken this interest that much farther… And today he’s a driving force in Canopy Boulder’s mission to help companies understand and successfully implement next generation technologies in the cannabis space.
Working with ShapeShift to rebuild KeepKey introduced Bob to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, bringing him into yet another world of emerging technology with tremendous potential. This adds to the already long list of tech industries he has overseen, including SaaS-based digital healthcare, medical instrumentation, advanced materials, semiconductors, and enterprise infrastructure.
 Not only is Bob directly familiar with how these diverse technologies operate on a technical level, he’s also been on the business side, organizing teams, developing marketing strategies, and finding ways to bring these complex ideas to investors and customers in an accessible way.
 Bob’s broad experience with U.S. and international markets - particularly in Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and South Korea - will help with companies within the CanopyBoulder program with their potential global vision, which requires a nuanced approach to diversity and cultural differences.

Bonny Roberts
Director, Business Technology @ Centura Health

Bonny Roberts is the Director of Business Technology at Centura Health where she focuses on IT solutions for the business and consumer journeys. Beginning her career in healthcare IT as Yale New Haven Hospital's Administrative Fellow, she went on to cut her teeth in the Colorado start-up world with CentriMed, an e-commerce company based in Westminster. CentriMed was quickly acquired by the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) and she spent four years as a product manager innovating healthcare supply chain. Bonny then went on to facilitate clinician-driven IT project prioritization, custom application development and the implementation of Epic Systems at The Ohio State Medical Center. In 2010, she returned to Colorado to join Aventura where she drove implementation, customer support, account management and for a time sales operations and marketing. After Aventura, she led customer experience for Diameter Health, an intelligent data refinement solution in the interoperability space. Bonny is passionate about furthering the growth of HIT activity along the Front Range and its impact on Colorado. She lives in Superior where she can be found hiking with her dogs and family.

Chrissa McFarlane
Founder and CEO @ Patientory

Named as one of the top women, “leaving their mark on the MedTech field in health IT,” by Beckers Hospital Review, Chrissa McFarlane is the Founder and CEO of Patientory, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta
and a contributor for Forbes on Healthcare and Blockchain topics. McFarlane founded Patientory in December 2015 after seeing the need in the market for more personalized and secure consumer-driven
health information management solutions. McFarlane has published international healthcare research,
created and deployed the first global healthcare crypto currency and helped to create breakthrough
digital health companies that have provided services to companies such as Tumblr, Blue Apron, Casper,
and Meetup. Patientory is part of the Startup Health portfolio, a global organization leading the movement to transform health. To learn more visit

Josh Emdur
Medical Director @ SteadyMD

Josh Emdur is a clinician and physician leader with a passion for innovation in primary care. He spent over a decade treating the sick in the hospital prior to becoming the medical director of SteadyMD where he launched the world's first virtual primary care practice especially for athletes. While caring for hospitalized patients he learned that health is achieved outside of the hospital. His medical approach focuses on using lifestyle to treat chronic diseases and using medication as an adjunct when lifestyle modifications aren’t enough. Dr. Emdur is board certified in family medicine and is licensed to practice in over 25 states. He treats patients in person at Clinica Colorado where he treats patients who don’t have access to health insurance. He believes everyone should have access to high value and affordable medical care. His clinic serves as a model of how primary care can be delivered at a reasonable cost to underserved populations. His interests include leveraging technology to improve the doctor patient relationship and exploring alternative payment models for health care outside of the traditional insurancel. When asked what fuels him in life his response was clear “passion”. Whether it is climbing big walls in Yosemite, striving for marathon personal bests, or just being the best human he can it is obvious that he is driven to challenges and excellence. 

Julia Hutchins
Builder @ NetSocial Ventures

Julia has founded and held leadership positions at health plans serving individuals, Medicaid, and Medicare members.  Most recently, she co-founded Apostrophe, a Colorado-based health plan administrator for employers across the country. She has expertise in business development, risk management, provider partnerships, member engagement and go-to-market strategies.  Julia holds a BA degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, as well as a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Larry Blankenship
Principal @ Blankenship Research

Larry Blankenship is a medical device industry professional, entrepreneur, engineer and consultant. He has served as a Director, CEO, President, COO and CTO of multiple start-up companies, led business planning, staffing, funding, design, development, approval, manufacturing, launch and exits via acquisition. Mr. Blankenship also served in executive positions for large healthcare and research firms. He is a medical device industry specialist, including conception, design, development, production, and FDA and EU product approvals. His product portfolio is extensive including intravenous infusion equipment, tools for open-heart surgery, endoscopes and other imaging catheters, intracranial pressure monitors, advanced CPR equipment and implantable heart valves. Mr. Blankenship is constantly seeking opportunities to bring meaningful healthcare products to the patients and caregivers who need them. 

Meghan Oliver
Senior Vice President Care Partner and Consumer Enablement @ Bright Health

Meghan Oliver is a Senior Vice President at a fast growing healthcare startup that focused on partnering with leading health systems and providers to deliver more affordable, higher quality health insurance options for consumers creating an overall better experience. After spending nearly 7 years in healthcare working in various strategic, operational, market launch and new product development roles, Meghan has focused on understanding the biggest consumer pain points when it comes to healthcare and developing digital solutions that not only solve the problem but deliver superior business results for all stakeholders and constituents. She is known for her drive and passion for helping consumers navigate the complexities of health care and bringing together internal and external partners to think different, collaborative and deliver results.In addition to her extensive healthcare and business experience, Meghan is a former division I swimmer and avid runner. Meghan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Marketing from University of Utah.

Scott Raymond
Associate Chief Information Officer @ Centura Health

Scott Raymond is the Associate CIO at Centura Health with responsibility for Applications and Infrastructure.Developing new and innovative solutions. Providing big-picture plans and strategies. Implementing complex clinical, business, and technical initiatives. These are just some of Scott’s strengths. With almost two decades of healthcare experience ranging from hands-on clinical to strategic operations, Scott possesses the unique ability to understand how healthcare leadership impacts patient care. Scott’s areas of expertise include thinking strategically, planning with vision, leading and managing staff, and spearheading creative and unexpected solutions. Before coming to Centura Scott was the Executive Director of Innovation & Technology for MemorialCare. Scott recently conceived of, developed, and built a 3,500-square-foot innovation and testing lab capable of running a 2,000-bed hospital. Results-focused, he specializes in identifying new and better solutions. Scott provides expertise in contract negotiations, technology, cyber security, and clinical informatics. He’s implemented Epic at six hospitals, held board seats at multiple healthcare and technology companies, and provided clinical expertise to a variety of healthcare start-ups.Scott holds a Masters degrees in Healthcare Administration and Informatics and holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Scott continues to maintain an active nursing license and is ITIL, Lean Leader, and Facilitative Leadership Certified. anesthesiology at the University of Colorado.

Sumanth Channabasappa
Founding Director

Why I want to help awesome entrepreneurs scale faster!

Sumanth is an entrepreneur, technology executive, and investor. He loves to work on globally impactful innovations that deliver market-based returns. 

He is currently contributing to patient-centered healthcare (e.g., via The Center), and enabling cities to create thriving areas for people to live, work, play and learn (e.g., he is a co-founder of the CO Smart Cities Alliance). 

As Founding Director of The CORE he helps leaders grow high-impact businesses, collaborations and investments. As an advisor and investor via 3 Lines Venture Fund he supports entrepreneurs in areas such as AI/ML, healthcare, security, smartAg  etc. 

His past experiences include leadership & contributions to mobile, internet technologies,broadband, network security, voice over IP, the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless, cloud etc. Efforts included strategies, technology architectures, partnerships, products and services. 

His mentorship, board and advisory affiliations include Blackstone Entrepreneurs NetworkTechstarsRockies Venture Club,The HopperOpen Labs10.10.10, among others.

Tony Glebe
VP Strategic Partnerships @ Medecision


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